Nissan’s in-house performance arm is rolling out an updated version of the Nissan 370Z Nismo for 2015. This revised sports car was revealed at a Nissan Z owner event called ZDAYZ in North Carolina, and features updated styling, new seats, an available automatic transmission, and a new Nismo Tech trim level.
Contrary to our speculation based on Nissan’s teaser photo from yesterday, this is not the all-new Nissan Z. Instead, it gives the existing Nissan 370Z Nismo (which was already revised last year) a new face thanks to the redesigned front fascia with its more aggressive chin spoiler, LED daytime running lights, and red accents that continue onto the side sills, side mirrors, and rear diffuser. The rear spoiler is also reshaped, and the 19-inch wheels feature a new design and charcoal gray finish. In terms of interior upgrades, the 2015 370Z Nismo gets new Recaro leather and Alcantara seats, and the newly available 370Z Nismo Tech trim level adds a navigation system, which was previously unavailable for the Nismo model.
The 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo doesn’t feature any significant engine upgrades compared with last year’s model, meaning that it is powered by the same 3.7-liter V-6 making 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque. That’s 18 hp more than the standard Nissan 370Z, and the Nismo model also continues to benefit from a stiffer suspension with stiffer springs, a Nismo strut tower brace, larger brakes, and a viscous limited-slip differential. The 2015 model will be offered with an optional automatic transmission for this first time, as the standard 370Z’s seven-speed box with paddle shifters joins the six-speed manual with Nissan’s automatic rev-matching system.
Although this year’s update to the Nissan Z might be minor, a completely redesigned version of this sports car should arrive within the next year or two given that the current car has been on sale since 2009. Stay tuned for more information about the Nissan Z in the coming months as we learn more about the future of this sports coupe.