Preview: 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo

By Winding Road Staff

May 19, 2014

Debuting in 1969, the Datsun 240Z has since garnered a devout enthusiast following that has grown with every new addition to the Z car roster. Each year Nissan celebrates these cars with the enthusiast community at the ZDAYZ event, and this year they decided to give fans a little something extra by debuting the significantly updated 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo at the show.
While the refreshed model brings a number of enhancements to the table, perhaps the biggest news is the availability of a seven speed automatic transmission for the first time, replete with rev-matching downshifts when used in manual mode. The six speed manual transmission will remain as the standard gearbox. While the 350 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 remains unchanged from the 2014 370Z Nismo, the standard limited slip differential with a shorter final drive ratio should offer enhanced acceleration performance.
Nissan has also retuned the suspension system, which includes a Nismo-emblazoned strut tower bar and a new pair of performance of dampers to go along with the Nismo's already uprated springs and sway bars compared to those fitted on the standard 370Z. Nissan's aptly named Large Nissan Sport Brakes are also standard on the 2015 370Z Nismo.
Inside, a new pair of seats, co-developed with Recaro and designed exclusively for the Nismo 370Z, offer enhanced bolstering and more uniform body pressure to keep the driver and passenger from getting tossed around inside the car during spirited driving sessions. The interior also features red seat trim and stitching along with an alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel and a red Nismo tachometer. A new optional Tech package adds a hard drive based navigation system, a 7.0 inch touchscreen display, backup camera, Bose audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming support, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, among other tech-related enhancements.
Visually, the 2015 370Z Nismo gets new front and rear fascias, a more understated rear ducktail spoiler, a new GT-R inspired chin spoiler, LED daytime running lights, black headlight bezels, and a red accent line that runs across the lower perimeter of the car. The refreshed car also gets a new set of 19 inch Rays forged aluminum wheels with a twin-spoke design and a charcoal finish. All told, the these changes bring the 370Z Nismo much closer in line aesthetically with the GT-R Nismo while also giving the car a more refined and understated character than the outgoing model.
Check out the press release below for more details on the new Z car, and keep an eye on the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo overview page for updates as we have them.
• Refined 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO makes global debut today at annual gathering of Nissan, Datsun and NISMO sports car owners and performance enthusiasts
• Refreshed 370Z NISMO features distinctive new exterior appearance, redesigned wheels and enhanced interior; 7-speed automatic transmission is also available
• Performance enhancements include retuned suspension and Recaro® co-developed seats exclusively designed for 370Z Nismo
• 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO goes on sale at U.S. Nissan dealers in July 2014
FONTANA DAM, NC. (May 16, 2014) – There was a surprise "guest" today at ZDAYZ, the annual gathering of hundreds of Nissan, Datsun and NISMO owners and enthusiasts – the world debut of the new 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO. A solid progress for 2015, the new 370Z NISMO model features exterior, interior and performance refinements, along with an expanded model selection that includes both 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic transmissions and a new 370Z NISMO Tech grade.
"NISMO is the heart and soul of Nissan performance, both for the track and on the street, so it's fitting that we are showing the dramatic new 2015 370Z NISMO for the first time at a gathering of our most loyal and enthusiast owners," said Nissan Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President Andy Palmer. "The new 370Z NISMO joins the recently introduced Nissan GT-R NISMO and Nissan JUKE NISMO RS, giving performance fans a range of fresh, factory tuned NISMO models to enjoy."
2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO
The most striking change for the 2015 370Z NISMO is its revised exterior design. Its GT-R-inspired functional and fully integrated aerodynamic body pieces have been redesigned to provide an aggressive and more aerodynamic new appearance – as well as optimizing front and rear downforce. Key changes include a new, deep front fascia with LED Hyper Daytime Running Lights, black headlight bezels, NISMO emblem and signature NISMO red stripe accent on the integrated front chin spoiler. The red accent continues down the redesigned side sills, on the black-color sideview mirrors and across the lower portion of the redesigned rear fascia. The unique NISMO rear spoiler has been reshaped and downsized.
The standard 19-inch NISMO super-lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels by RAYS also have been restyled for 2015 with a twin-five spoke design and a charcoal gray machine-finish (formerly silver).
Inside, the unique NISMO-styled interior is enhanced with redesigned black-and-red Recaro® leather-appointed seats with Alcantara® accents. The new seats, co-developed with Recaro®, are exclusively designed for the 370Z NISMO to provide more uniform body pressure and better all-direction holding during spirited acceleration, braking and cornering. They also play a key role in providing driving excitement by maximizing the harmony between driver and machine. The interior also features red seat trim and stitching with NISMO logo, an Alcantara®-appointed leather-wrapped steering wheel and NISMO red tachometer.
Also new for 2015 is the 370Z NISMO Tech model, which adds a hard drive-based Nissan Navigation System with 7.0-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, RearView Monitor, Bose® Audio System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver.
As in previous years, the 2015 370Z NISMO is powered by a potent 350-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL). The engine is matched with an exclusive, tuned H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and an optimized calibration is installed to help create 18 horsepower more than a standard 370Z Coupe. Torque is rated at 276 lb-ft.
Two transmission choices are offered for the first time on the Z NISMO model. The close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission features standard SynchroRev Match®, the world's first synchronized downshift rev matching manual transmission, which allows rev-matched heel-toe-like downshifting. Newly available is a refined 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters.
The 370Z NISMO also features a refined 4-wheel independent suspension, NISMO-branded strut tower brace for enhanced body rigidity and a pair of performance dampers to help minimize road-input vibrations and help contribute to the NISMO 370Z's high levels of handling and performance feel. The NISMO tuned suspension includes special springs and stabilizer bars. Large Nissan Sport Brakes and a Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) – with a shorter final drive ratio for better acceleration feel - are also standard on the 2015 370Z NISMO.
The 2015 370Z NISMO is offered in just four exterior colors – Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White. It is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in July 2014.
"There's much more to love about the 370Z NISMO than ever before – the new appearance inside and out, enhanced handling, new wheels, more technology and a choice of transmissions," added Palmer. "Our fans here at ZDAYZ want only the best and that's what this new 370Z NISMO delivers."
ZDayZ is an annual Z® car enthusiast gathering that takes place in various locations around the United States. Each year the event draws hundreds of Nissan Z, GT-R and other Nissan performance car enthusiasts from all over North America. This year's ZDayZ is being held May 15-19 at FontanaVillage Resort in Fontana Dam, North Carolina. Activities include a car show, exhaust sound-off competition, 5/10K race, group dinners and multiple group mountain road drives.
NISMO, a short form of "Nissan MotorsportsInternational," is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company's purveyors of "innovation that excites." NISMO offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. NISMO cars provide an exciting driving experience with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility. In the motorsports world, NISMO competes in the highest forms of GT and sports car racing, such as Japan's Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship in 2011 and 2012.
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Vehicle: 2-passenger sports car
Drive Configuration: Rear-wheel drive
Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL), rated at 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft torque
Bore x Stroke (mm): 95.5 x 86
Compression Ratio (:1): 11.0
Maximum Engine Speed: 7,500 rpm
Exhaust: NISMO-tuned dual exhaust with H-pipe configuration and polished tips
Transmission: Close-ratio 6-speed manual with SynchroRev Match® or 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters
Final drive ratio: 6-speed manual 3.916 (versus 3.692 standard 370Z)
7-speed automatic 3.692 (versus 3.357 standard 370Z)
Suspension: NISMO-tuned; independent double-wishbone with stabilizer bar front, independent multi-link with stabilizer bar rear; NISMO-tuned shock absorbers front and rear; NISMO-branded front strut tower brace; vibration dampers
Brakes: Nissan Sport Brakes with red calipers; 14.0x1.3-inch vented disc/4-piston opposed caliper front, 13.8x0.8-inch vented disc/opposed 2-psiton caliper rear; highly rigid brake hoses and R35 Special II Fluid brake fluid
Steering: Vehicle-speed variable-assist rack-and-pinion
Wheels: 19-inch NISMO super-lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels by RAYS – 19x9.5-inch front, 19x10.5-inch rear
Tires: Bridgestone Potenza S001 Y-rated performance tires – 245/40R19 front, 285/35R19 rear
Wheelbase: 100.4 inches
Length: 170.5 inches
Width: 72.6 inches
Height: 51.8 inches
Min. ground clearance: 4.7 inches
Headroom: 38.2 inches
Legroom: 42.9 inches
Hip room: 54.6 inches
Shoulder room: 54.4 inches
Exterior Features: NISMO aerodynamic body design with unique front and rear fascias, side sills and low-profile rear spoiler; aluminum hood; bi-functional xenon headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights and automatic on/off headlights; distinctive vertical door handles; heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals; four exterior colors – Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White
Interior Features: Recaro® leather-appointed seats with Alcantara® accents, red seat trim and stitching with NISMO logo, Alcantara®-appointed leather-wrapped steering wheel; NISMO red tachometer; serialized plaque of authenticity with model year designation; aluminum-trimmed pedals; Bose® audio system; available Nissan Navigation system with 7.0-inch touch-sensitive display, Rearview Monitor
Models: 370Z NISMO, 370Z NISMO Tech
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