As I write this article, the 2012 Chicago Auto Show (08-09 Feb) has opened its doors for many eager visitors who have come to see what the automotive industry has in store for them. And at the same show, Nissan is officially showing its facelifted 2013 370Z which will go on sale in most markets around the world starting from this June.
The refreshed look on the car features a number of changes and it will be available for both coupe and convertible models. The facelifted 370Z will also come in a Nismo Z trim. Future buyers of the car will get the same exact engine and transmissions used in the pre-facelift model but there will be some engine enhancements for the Nismo Z version.
Let’s start with a list of updates that the car received.
- Refreshed front bumper with vertical daytime LED running lights.
- Red reflectors added to the rear bumper which replaces a black centre cover.
- New 18 inch wheels for the coupe model and revised 19 inch aluminium alloy wheels for models equipped with the Sport Package.
- Brake callipers painted in red for the Sport Package models.
- Dark coloured finish for the fuel gauge trim.
- Euro tuned shock absorbers (Sport Package models)
- And lastly, Nissan has added two new colours for the 370Z which is Magma Red and Midnight Blue.
The Nismo Z version will get additional items that include a new Bose Premium Audio Package with two additional audio speakers and two subwoofers, a premium gun metallic paint work on the 19 inch wheels, Nissan GTR-style high rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid. The Nismo Z version will not get the new bumper reflectors, Euro tuned shock absorbers and Midnight Blue paint job.
On top of the above, the Nismo Z version will offer a racing inspired styling for both exterior and interior, specially tuned suspension and lightweight forged alloy wheels. The 3.7 litre DOHC V6 engine is matched with an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and an optimised engine computer module control which delivers 350bhp (a 25bhp increase from the standard model). There is only one transmission available for the Nismo Z version and it is a close ratio six-speed manual with standard SynchroRev match which allows rev-matched heel-toe like downshifting.
Nissan promises more details of the facelifted 370Z when the on sale date in June gets closer.
Photo credit: Net Car Show
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