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Nissan opens up future NISMO plans for 370Z Roadster

Chicago Auto Show unveiling to gauge public opinion for performance convertible

Published: February 16, 2015, 2:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:06 PM

Nissan NISMO 370Z Roadster Concept

About a year after announcing a NISMO version of the 370Z, Nissan has shown a concept for a roadster version of the performance car.

Introduced at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the one-off Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept is meant to showcase the best of two worlds — racing inspired style and performance, and the exhilaration of open-air motoring.

“While the 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept is just a performance study at this point, you can see its potential as a production model,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America. “First, we’ve injected all the performance equipment from a 370Z NISMO Coupe. Inside, since the interior is on display whenever the top is down, it features the full NISMO treatment, as well as a few special custom touches.”

Nissan NISMO 370Z Roadster Concept

Those special touches include black Recaro seats with off-white Ultrasuede inserts and red stitching, and an upgraded sound system.

Outside, there is the usual black/white colour scheme with red accents (most prominently, on the mirrors), and fully integrated, GT-R inspired, aerodynamic trim pieces that provide style and function. The carbon fibre rear spoiler is exclusive to the car.

Power comes from the 350-hp 3.7-litre V6, bred from the classic Nissan VQ engines that are constantly at the top of “Best Engine” lists worldwide. Here, it’s harnessed to the Nissan 7-speed automatic with rev matching to keep the rear wheels from hopping about on downshifts.

Nissan NISMO 370Z Roadster Concept

But probably even bigger news is provided by the NISMO track-tuned suspension with unique springs and stabilizers, and a front tower brace to keep it all together. Unique 19-inch wheels are also part of the package, as are bigger brakes.

If it is approved for production, the NISMO 370Z Roadster would expand the NISMO line-up to five models, alongside the existing 370Z coupe, GT-R and two Juke models.