Overnight at the enthusiast-run ZDayZ event in North Carolina Nissan unveiled an updated 370Z Nismo with a revised appearance package, but no extra power over previous Nismo models.
Under the bonnet there's the same 261kW/374Nm 3.7-litre V6 found in earlier models. Thanks to its unique tuning and reworked exhaust and muffler systems the 370Z Nismo produces an extra 13kW of power and 8Nm of torque compared to the regular US-spec 370Z.
Visually the updated model dispenses with the bluff front-end design of its predecessor. Gone is the almost featureless front bumper, replaced with with one reportedly inspired by the Nissan GT-R. It comes replete with LED "hyper" daytime running lights, an enlarged air intake and vents to help cool the front brakes.
The front chin spoiler, sills and rear bumper now feature red highlights to match those on the wing mirrors. At the rear the most dramatic change is the boot spoiler, which has been significantly downsized from the free-standing version on the preceding Nismo model.
Suspension changes over regular 370Zs include new performance dampers, revised springs and stabiliser bars. Larger brakes help bring the 370Z Nismo to a stop more quickly, while body rigidity is improved with a strut tower brace.
Inside the 370Z Nismo there's a new set of Recaro pews, red trim stitching, a Nismo tacho and a smattering of Nismo logos. The steering wheel and grippier seats are clad in a mixture of Alcantara and leather.
Interestingly this is the first time that the 370Z Nismo has been offered Stateside with sat-nav and a reverse-view camera. Also available for the first time on the Nismo-branded 370Z is the optional seven-speed automatic transmission equipped with downshift rev-matching and paddle controls. A six-speed manual is standard.
Nissan Australia is continuing to assess the 370Z Nismo and other Nismo variants for introduction to our market.