Chicago Auto Show 2015: Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept

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What is It? 

It’s a one-off design study Nissan calls the “ultimate factory Z Roadster,” with amazing styling, open air pleasure and 350hp.


Why Should You Care?

It’s a 350hp sports car without a roof. Do we really have to explain why you should care?

In hardtop form, the 370Z NISMO accounts for 20 percent of total Z sales, indicating that a Roadster version of the same car would be pretty popular.


“The idea of adding NISMO levels of look, feel and performance to a Nissan 370Z Roadster is one that we’ve been considering for a long time,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “The creation of the Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept brings that idea to life and lets us judge consumer reaction – which we predict is going to be outstanding.”

The look comes from an aggressive stance comes from wide 19-inch NISMO super-lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels by RAYS (19×9.5-inch front, 19×10.5-inch rear). Y-rated Bridgestone Potenza S001 245/40R19 front and 285/35R19 rear tires complete the package.


Inside, look for black Recaro leather-appointed seats with red stitching and stain-repellent, off-white premium Ultrasuede® inserts, custom red stitching, an Alcantara-appointed leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel and NISMO red tachometer.

The car also gets the NISMO 370Z’s 350-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL), and a 7-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters.

When Does It Go On Sale?

This is a concept thus far, so there’s no on sale date.

Craig Fitzgerald

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