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At a Glance: Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept (Press Release)

At a Glance: Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept

The Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept, a one-off design study created to gauge market interest in an ultimate factory Z® Roadster, is designed to provide the best of two worlds – the open-air driving exhilaration of a standard 370Z Roadster and the racing-inspired style and performance of a 370Z NISMO Coupe.

The 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept offers unique engine, suspension, exterior and interior features versus standard Nissan 370Z Roadster models – including a 350-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and NISMO-tuned suspension. It would join the current Nissan 370Z NISMO coupe model, expanding NISMO lineup to five models, if approved for production.

The Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept’s striking visual presence starts with the addition of GT-R-inspired functional and fully integrated aerodynamic body pieces. In front, the deep front fascia with Hyper LED Daytime Running Lights, black headlight bezels, NISMO emblem and signature NISMO red stripe accents set the tone. On the sides of the vehicle, the NISMO red accents and red sideview mirror covers continue the NISMO theme, adding a touch of flair to the dramatic top-down profile. In the middle of the vehicle, the fixed headrest bars are leather-wrapped with red accents. The rear is highlighted by a custom carbon-fiber rear spoiler created exclusively for use on the 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept.

Inside, the NISMO-styled interior is anchored by black Recaro® leather-appointed seats with stain-repellent, off-white Ultrasuede® inserts. In addition, the interior features custom red stitching with NISMO logo, an Alcantara®-appointed leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel and NISMO red tachometer.

The 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept is conceived to incorporate most of the engine and suspension modifications of the 370Z NISMO coupe (versus non-NISMO 370Z models). This includes a potent 350-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL), H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with optimized ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration. Torque is rated at 276 lb-ft. The engine is mated to Nissan’s refined 7-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters.

The 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept adds a NISMO-branded strut town brace under the hood, along with a red engine cover. The NISMO-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension includes special springs and stabilizer bars. Also included are large Nissan Sport Brakes and a Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD).

Highlights of the Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept include:


  • Special NISMO body design, including a unique front nose design with optimized shape for managing airflow, an integrated front chin spoiler, side sills, front wheel arch extensions and a unique rear bumper
  • Custom carbon-fiber rear spoiler
  • NISMO-style red pinstripe exterior accents
  • 170.5-inch overall length (versus 167.2 inches for the standard 370Z Roadster)
  • NISMO strut tower bar
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights and LED brake lights with distinctive “boomerang” design, black headlight bezels
  • Hyper LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Polished NISMO exhaust tips
  • Pearl White exterior paint
  • Cloth power-folding roof with fabric inner liner
  • Single-action top operation with automatic roof lock, steel tonneau cover
  • Fixed headrest bars, leather-wrapped with red accents
  • Fixed glass wind deflector

Engine and Driveline

  • Front engine/rear-wheel drive
  • 3.7-liter engine, 24-valve DOHC V6 (VQ37VHR), rated at 350 horsepower @ 7,400 RPM, 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 RPM, red engine cover
  • Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) system
  • Micro-finished crankshaft and camshaft; small pitch, silent cam chain; drive-by-wire throttle
  • 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM), Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters
  • NISMO-tuned dual exhaust with H-pipe configuration and larger diameter tubes for reduced exhaust pressure
  • Carbon Fiber composite driveshaft
  • Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD)
  • Shorter final drive ratio than standard 370Z for better acceleration feel – 3.692 vs. 3.357 (A/T)

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • NISMO-tuned 4-wheel independent multi-link suspension with use of lightweight aluminum components
  • Double-wishbone front suspension, rear multi-link suspension
  • NISMO front strut tower bar, high response shock absorbers
  • Large diameter front and rear hollow NISMO-tuned stabilizer bars
  • Vehicle speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering
  • Power-assisted vented front and rear disc brakes, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Nissan Sport Brakes with 14.0-inch front/13.8-inch rear rotors and 4-piston front/2-piston rear aluminum calipers
  • Red caliper finish, high-rigidity brake hoses and R35 Special II fluid
  • Custom-finished 19-inch NISMO super-lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels by RAYS – 19×9.5-inch front, 19×10.5-inch rear

Interior Features

  • High quality interior with innovative, driver-centric “three-layer” design with information, operation and holding layers
  • 2-passenger seating with unique driver and passenger seat designs and functions
  • Black Recaro® leather-appointed seats with stain-repellent, off-white Ultrasuede® inserts
  • 3-spoke, Alcantara® leather-appointed NISMO design steering wheel with manual tilt
  • NISMO leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • NISMO signature red stitching on the steering wheel, seats, center instrument panel, instrument panel console lid, door trim and knee pads
  • Aluminum-trimmed pedals
  • 3-bay gauge pods, tilt steering column with integrated instrument cluster; Red NISMO tachometer
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition
  • Bose® premium audio system with six speakers and dual subwoofers
  • Nissan Navigation System with 7.0-inch VGA touch-sensitive display
  • RearView Monitor

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