Nissan will use the 2015 Chicago Auto Show to show its 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept… and it seems a foregone conclusion that it will go into production.
“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.
“While it is only a design study at this point, we think the 370Z NISMO Roaster Concept would be a tremendous addition to the long and distinguished history of Z® sports cars,” continued Loing. “There’s still nothing better than an open top and an open road ahead of you, especially when there’s a NISMO badge on the bumper.”
If given the green light, it would join an ever-expanding NISMO lineup which includes the Nissan GT-R NISMO, 370Z NISMO Coupe, JUKE NISMO and JUKE NISMO RS.
While the addition of ‘GTR-inspired’ functional aero body pieces have been added and the interior tricked up, it’s the performance enhancements that count most to people like us.
The 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept incorporates most of the modifications already seen in the 370Z NISMO Coupe, including its 261kW/374Nm 3.7-litre petrol V6. The gain (up from the 245kW/363Nm seen in the Australian-market 370Z) is achieved via a bespoke exhaust system design and muffler tuning along with an upgraded electronic control module.
The harder motor is matched to a seven-speed automatic gearbox that features rev-matching downshifts and can be operated via paddle shifters.
A NISMO-branded strut brace sits proudly atop the red-covered engine of the 370Z NISMO Roadster, the suspension gaining specific springs and anti-roll bars. Nissan Sport brakes and a viscous limited-slip differential with a shorter final drive ratio are also installed. RAYS supplies the ‘super-lightweight’ forged aluminium-alloy road wheels, measuring 19 x 9.5-inch at the front, 19 x 10.5-inch at the rear. Rolling stock is provided by Bridgestone, its Potenza S001s sized at 245/40/19 up-front, with 285/35/19s at the rear.
The Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept will be shown to the public for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show, which is open until 22 February.