Meet the Nissan 370Z Nismo Roadster
Nissan have just chopped the roof off a 370Z effectively turning it into a Nismo roadster and it looks ridiculously cool…
Nissan just unveiled a 370Z Nismo Roadster concept at the Chicago Motor Show and it’s smoking hot!
The 370Z has always been a car that has appealed to car enthusiasts all over the world, but a potential roadster version opens it up to a whole new market of performance enthusiasts: the drop top car lover.
While Nissan have said that it’s just a “one-off design study created to gauge market interest in the ultimate factory Z Roadster”, we’re quietly optimistic that it’ll happen sometime in the future. That’s because it’s almost a no-brainer, right?
You can either describe it as a 370Z convertible that has undergone the Nismo treatment or a topless version of the 370Z Nismo coupe – whichever is fine because that’s pretty much what it is.
So apart from seriously cool looks, what else can we expect?
Well, it’s got the 370Z’s trusty 3.7-litre V6 engine, but it’s apparently been made a little more powerful and now outputs around 350-horsepower. On top of that it also boasts a tweaked ECU and shiny new exhaust system.
That will apparently be matched to a seven-speed automatic gearbox, which includes Nissan’s ‘rev-matching’ feature. Although if it makes it into production we’d expect to see a six-speed manual version offered too.
Being rear-wheel-drive, it will offer drivers a great deal of fun and the addition of a brace under the bonnet, stabiliser bars and special springs should stiffen everything up a bit. Add to this a limited-slip diff with shorter drive ratio and you’ve got a roadster that’s going to accelerate rapidly.
Last, but certainly not least, are the 19-inch forged RAYS alloy wheels, LED running lights, GT-R-esque aero bits, Nismo accents and emblems and an automatic fabric roof.
On the inside there are Recaro sports seats with red contrast stitching and off-white suede inserts. A leather steering wheel, upgraded audio system, red rev counter and a seven-inch LCD touchscreen display all finish the 370Z Nismo Roadster perfectly.
Nissan’s Pierre Loing said: “we think the 370Z Nismo Roadster concept would be a tremendous addition to the long and distinguished history of Z sports cars”.
We agree, Pierre, we agree!