Japanese company's sporting arm gives the flagship 370Z a makeover to deliver a sharper and more engaging driving experience
Matt Burt
2 October 2014

The flagship Nissan 370Z Nismo has been revised to deliver a sharper and more engaging driving experience, while the Japanese manufacturer has also improved refinement and enhanced equipment levels across the entire 370Z range. The model is on display at the Paris motor show.

The changes focus on aerodynamic and suspension tweaks, but the performance of the 370Z Nismo is unchanged, meaning it is still powered by a 339bhp, 3.7-litre six-cylinder engine and can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds.

Available only as a coupé with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 370Z Nismo features suspension enhancements introduced as part of the updates of the entire range.

To improve ride comfort, the rear spring and damper rates have been altered, while changes to the carpets and inner rear wheel arch protector have further reduced road noise.

The exterior changes include a redesigned front bumper which features a larger air intake, additional air inlets ahead of the wheel arch and new LED daytime running lights.

At the rear, Nissan has introduced a new bumper and spoiler design. The new version features a smaller rear spoiler that works in tandem with the new front bumper to create significantly more downforce when driving at speed.

Nissan's engineers say downforce is now more evenly distributed over the front and rear axles, giving a more balanced feeling on the road.

Other updates include the introduction of black headlamp bezels, red Nismo trim at the base of the bumper, redesigned side sills and door mirrors and special Nismo badging. Revisions also include new 19-inch alloy wheels finished in black and silver.

Inside, the car features new Recaro seats that offer significant improvements in support and comfort and have been tailored specifically for the 370Z Nismo.

By adopting a new shell-based construction instead of a traditional tubular frame seat, Nissan has improved the rigidity of the seat and reduced the weight.

The new seats are trimmed in red and black leather and Alcantara to match the 370Z Nismo's steering wheel.

Nissan has also made a raft of enhancements across the 370Z range, including a new design of 18in wheels, new seats and the revised suspension also featured on the Nismo-tuned variant.

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Our Verdict

Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is seductively honest, entertaining and great value, too. But it’s no long-haul cruiser

29 August 2014
This car is a Dinosaur,a medallion,hairy chest wig of a Girl puller,time for something new please!

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