Nissan is working to expand its performance-oriented Nismo sub-brand; however, that doesn't mean the flagship 370Z Nismo model will rest on its laurels. The entire 370Z line saw a mild facelift for 2013 and, now, the top-spec Nismo model is getting further updates for 2014.
Part of what Nissan is doing to flesh out the Nismo brand is giving the performance-oriented vehicles a raft of their own design cues. Dark grey exterior accents, red detailing, and a red tachometer are now the official Nismo look, and the main changes to the 370Z Nismo. While the upgrades to the Z may seem minor, they're worth noting for Nissan fans - these touches will show up on more Nismo-branded models, starting with the Juke Nismo that also debuts in Chicago.
Aficionados will be able to spot the differences from 2013 to 2014 pretty easily thanks to the fact that the front and rear spoilers, lower side sills, mirror caps and rear diffuser are now painted in dark grey (instead of in body-color) with subtle red pinstripes on the front spoiler, mirror caps, and rear diffuser. The five-spoke 19-inch forged RAYS aluminum-alloy wheels have all been updated in a gun metallic finish and are now wrapped in 245/40ZR19 front and 285/35ZR19 rear Bridgestone Potenza S001 high-performance rubber. While the vented brake rotors stay the same size (14.0 inches front, 13.8 inches rear), the calipers are now painted in red. The final exterior modification is the addition of the Solid Red paint color, which replaces last year's Magma Red; also available on the 2014 370Z Nismo are Pearl White (pictured), Magnetic Black, and Gun Metallic (grey).
Inside, the changes are as subtle as outside. Most noticeable is the red-painted tachometer, but those with discerning eyes and fingers will also notice the leather-wrapped shift knob, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminum-trimmed pedals. All 370Z Nismos are also marked with a plaque at the base of the center stack bearing the car's serial number and model year.
No Powertrain Updates
Nissan left the powertrain alone when upgrading the 370Z Nismo for 2014. That means buyers can expect 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque from the Z's 3.7-liter V-6 engine. For those who are keeping count, that is 18 hp and six lb-ft more power than the regular 370Z coupe. Only one transmission is offered with the flagship Z: a six-speed manual with Nissan's SynchroRev Match that automatically blips the throttle on downshifts.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo will begin rolling into dealerships this summer, along with the 2014 Juke Nismo.