Just ahead of the 2009 New York Auto Show, Nissan is introducing two ready for production 370Z models, the Roadster and the NISMO 370Z.Ã‚Â
2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster
Mechanically the same as the 370Z hardtop, the Roadster has been stiffened up for improved rigidity and stability. Features new to the 370Z Roadster over the previous generation include a standard automatic latching power top and Nissan Intelligent Key. Nissan is boasting levels of refinement not before seen in its Z Roadsters, an expression that is something Z and sports car purists typically get very nervous about. In this case, Nissan is referring to available heated and cooled seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio and navigation.
The 370Z Roadster goes on sale late this summer as a 2010 model, and will be available in either Roadster or Roadster Touring trim levels.
2009 Nissan NISMO 370Z
If you find the standard 370Z a little too soft for your tastes but like knowing you have a factory warranty backing you up, the NISMO 370Z is just the ticket. Thankfully this is not just a body kit tacked on to a Z. Horsepower is up to 350, a gain of 18hp over standard Z’s, thanks to a revised exhaust system and optimized ECM. NISMO didn’t stop there-revised steering and stiffer spring rates make the Z a sharper, more intense ride. For braking, Nissan opted for NISMO, not Brembo, with 14″ front and 13.8″ rear vented rotors.
As you can see, the NISMO Z is a more aggressive looking car with larger front and rear spoilers and side sills. But Nissan promises it’s not just for show, claiming improvements in downforce and improved airflow. Unique 19″ forged aluminum alloys wheels complete the package. The NISMO 370Z will be available in June.