Nissan's cream-of-the-crop 370Z NISMO is the Z with the most sporting intentions, amplified with specialty parts from Nissan's NISMO performance division. The track-ready NISMO is further polished for 2015 with new bodywork similar to its supercar GT-R NISMO sibling; it also gets an available seven-speed automatic transmission for the first time plus a feature-heavy Tech grade model.
Perhaps most notable is the shrunken rear spoiler for 2015 and new, more aerodynamic-looking NISMO styling that Nissan says is fully functional and optimizes front and rear downforce. The red accent stripe from front to back is a NISMO staple, which is also included on the aforementioned GT-R NISMO, Nissan Juke NISMO and NISMO RS models.
A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.
The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).
Nissan is expanding its performance arm: The automaker announced today that it plans to offer a NISMO version of the 2014 GT-R supercar. This is the third vehicle to launch under the NISMO brand; it follows the revised 370Z and new Juke NISMO versions that were unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
Currently, the NISMO version of the 2013 370Z is expensive, adding $5,200 to the price of the Touring version of the coupe, but according to Nissan, that will change during the next year. The automaker plans to make the NISMO brand more affordable and accessible.
Nissan is unveiling the racing-inspired 2014 370Z NISMO sports coupe at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public Saturday and runs through Feb. 18. The new 370Z has a 350-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the only transmission offered. A new dark gray coloring has been added to the front and rear ends, lower side sills, side mirrors and rear spoiler, in addition to red pinstripe accents.
The interior gets a new steering wheel with Alcantara faux-suede appointments and red accents, as well as a red tachometer. Set to go on sale in the summer, the 370Z is bowing in conjunction with the U.S. debut of the new 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO. Check out the photo gallery below.
Mild is a generous way to describe Nissan's changes to the 2013 370Z, but there's still a lot to like if you're a sports car fan. The coupe's compact, athletic proportions haven't changed, and the Z has a great stance.
The front grille and bumper have been simplified, but the new design works, allowing the arrow-shaped headlights to serve as the distinctive design element. LED daytime running lights, which have quickly become a must-have design feature, accent the front corners.
The Nissan 370Z sports car receives a number of cosmetic changes for the 2013 model year, but the V-6 powertrain carries over unchanged. Available June 2012, the 2013 370Z will again be offered in coupe, roadster and high-performance NISMO form.
Z fans will readily spot the subtle design tweaks, but they'll likely go unnoticed by the majority of observers. Changes include a restyled front lip spoiler that trades the fangs of its predecessor for a cleaner, sleeker look. There are also new LED daytime running lights at the car’s front corners. The only change to the rear is a new red reflector below the license plate. NISMO versions, which have unique front and rear styling, don't receive these changes, but they do gain high-rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid.
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