2009 New York Auto Show – 2009 Nissan NISMO 370Z Revealed
No question, the 2009 Nissan 370Z is an amazing car. But, personally, I feel that the aesthetics make the car look a bit soft since it has to appeal to both sport cars junkies and people who like to think it’s “cute.” The 2009 NISMO 370Z takes that fluff, beats out the stuffing, gives it some jail house tats and puts a chip on its shoulder (figuratively speaking of course). The car that I had hoped the new Z would closer approach is now going to be available thanks to the gear-heads over at NISMO, Nissan’s in-house tuning operation.
The new, second generation NISMO 370Z gets an upgraded 350 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine with 276 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. That’s a 18 hp increase over the base model. A new exhaust system and revised ECU help the car achieve the additional horsepower. This engine is matched with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission featuring Nissan’s SynchroRev Match that handles the synchronization of engine revs during shifting. This very nice feature that essentially blips the throttle can be deactivated if you want less intervention.
The NISMO 370Z gets some rigidity in the form of a strut tower brace and performance dampers. The springs and stabilizer bars both front and rear have been made stiffer to provide better control and handling. Some serious RAYS aluminum-alloy rims are provided (19×9.5-inch front and 19×10.5-inch rear) wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN Sport tires measuring 245/40ZR19 up front and 285/35/ZR19 in rear. NISMO sport brakes provide serious stopping power via 14.0 inch vented rotors with 4-piston calipers in front and 13.8 inch vented rotors with 2-piston calipers in the rear.
Aerodynamic tweaks are aplenty with an extended front nose design featuring a canard at each corner for greater downforce in addition to a fully integrated chin spoiler. It also benefits from side sills, a revised rear bumper and massive rear spoiler along with flared fenders. Inside, NISMO branding is spread throughout with the most apparent logos found on the seats and center console. Pricing is not yet available for the 2009 Nissan NISMO 370Z but should be before it is sold (otherwise, how could we buy it?)