Annually, fans of the Nissan, Datsun and NISMO marquee gather to appreciate their four-wheeled wonders of engineering so it was a great treat to host the debut of one of the marvels of motoring, the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO.
The upgraded Nissan 370Z NISMO showcases a better exterior, interior and performance, which includes a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmissions and a new 370Z NISMO Tech grade.
"NISMO is the heart and soul of Nissan performance, both for the track and on the street, so it's fitting that we are showing the dramatic new 2015 370Z NISMO for the first time at a gathering of our most loyal and enthusiast owners. The new 370Z NISMO joins the recently introduced Nissan GT-R NISMO and Nissan JUKE NISMO RS, giving performance fans a range of fresh, factory tuned NISMO models to enjoy," said Nissan Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President Andy Palmer.
Most noticeable is the appealing change in the exterior. The body, which was inspired by the GT-R, now has a more aggressive and aerodynamic shape that also contributes to better front and rear downforce.
The front fascia is now deeper and has LED Hyper Daytime Running Lights black headlight bezels, NISMO emblem and signature NISMO red stripe accent on the integrated front chin spoiler. The red accent continues down the redesigned side sills, on the black-color sideview mirrors and across the lower portion of the redesigned rear fascia.
The NISMO rear spoiler has also been touched-up to reduce size while adding extra downforce.
It still comes standard with 19-inch NISMO super-lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels by RAYS but that also gets refreshed for 2015 with a twin-five spoke design and a charcoal gray machine-finish.
The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO’s interior is also enhanced with black-and-red leather-appointed seats with Alcantara® accents that have been developed with renowned seatmakers Recaro® exclusively for this model.
The interior also features red seat trim and stitching with NISMO logo, an Alcantara®-appointed leather-wrapped steering wheel and NISMO red tachometer.
Inclusive in the facelift is the 370Z NISMO Tech, which adds a hard drive-based Nissan Navigation System with 7.0-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, RearView Monitor, Bose® Audio System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver to the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO.
Unchanged is the 350-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL). It is now mated to an exclusive, tuned H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and an optimized calibration is installed to help create 18 horsepower more than a standard 370Z Coupe. Torque is rated at 276 lb-ft.
For the first time in the model lineup, two transmission choices are offered. Customers can opt for the close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with SynchroRev Match®, the world's first synchronized downshift rev matching manual transmission allowing rev-matched heel-toe-like downshifting or the newly available 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters.
Also new to the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO is a refined 4-wheel independent suspension, NISMO-branded strut tower brace for enhanced body rigidity and a pair of performance dampers to help minimize road-input vibrations and help contribute to the NISMO 370Z's high levels of handling and performance feel. The NISMO tuned suspension includes special springs and stabilizer bars. Large Nissan Sport Brakes and a Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) – with a shorter final drive ratio for better acceleration feel - are also standard on the 2015 370Z NISMO.
The 2015 370Z NISMO is offered in just four exterior colors – Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White. It is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers in the United States in July 2014.