Nissan Unveils Mildly Upgraded 370Z Ahead of Chicago
New boss very much similar to the old boss.
The vertical LED daytime running lights are a nice touch and help accentuate the slightly more curved front fascia. A red reflector is splashed across the back, and two new exterior colors will be available. The base model gets 18-inch wheels, but 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels come with the Sport package, which also includes tweaked shock absorbers and red brake calipers.
The engine, however, remains unchanged: the same 3.7-liter 332-horsepower V6 in the 2012 model arrives in the base 2013 370Z, though models with the Nismo badge will get 18 extra horses out of the mill for the money. A 6-speed manual transmission with electronic rev-matching is the sole option on the spec sheet for both the Nismo and the Roadster Touring model, while the Coupe, Coupe Touring and Roadster models come with either a 6-speed manual (minus the rematching) or a 7-speed automatic.
Pricing will be announced in Chicago.
Like the Porsche 911 to which it is sometimes compared, the Nissan Z line likes to stick close to its iconic shape.
Except for when Nissan fell off the pony in 1990 with the Z32. Not that the Z32 was bad, but all Z cars have indeed shown a certain family resemblance to the original 1970 240Z and the Z32 definitely broke with tradition. It looked like a whole different animal than the original.
I do like that with the Z33 they went back to the original formula, and I think the Z34 is an even better tribute to that famed 1970 240Z.
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