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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 15, 2015, 9:00 PM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 11:56 AM

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.”

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.

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.