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|2013 Nissan 370Z Touring Roadster Quick Spin||
Nissan’s Z-car heritage is alive and well, residing in the latest iteration including the convertible variation featuring roadster-like styling and a sports car edge. For the model year 2013, Nissan revises the front end with new LED running lights, while an optional Sports package gets revised euro-tuned shocks for better balance in road handling and comfort.
Powered by the highly praised VQ-series 3.7-liter V6 engine, the 370Z keeps its competitive edge even when you are allowed to fold the top down. With 332 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm, the new 370Z keeps its paces on par with its competition. Still offering the choice of an intricate SyncroRev Match 6-speed manual transmission or the adaptable 7-speed automatic with steering column-mounted paddle shifters, the Z car continues to appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts.
The SyncroRev Match system found in my new 370Z roadster test vehicle is a feature that is just now starting to show up in many other sports cars that still offer up a manual transmission. Though, as a dying breed, the 6-speed manual box bridges its life over to Generation Y’ers with the adaptation of its rev-matched downshifts. Basically, the system automatically controls the throttle upon recognizing a shift into a lower gear from the previous. It works pretty good to give novice and competent drives the ability to perform seamless rev-matched downshifts. The system also aids in upshifts on those rare occasions you take an ample amount of time to up-shift where the engine speed no-longer matches the rotational speed of the vehicles wheels – the system will place the throttle in the position to match the shift.
The engine, virtually unchanged from the past few years, remains to have a wide usable RPM range of power. At its sweet spot, about 5,000 rpm all the way to redline at 7,000 rpm, the engine keeps you well entertained. That entertainment comes with some subtle punishment with the characteristic peddle and floorboard vibrations that we have grown to know all-to-well in the 370Z.
In comparison to the 370Z Coupe, the Roadster tends have a bit of the expected body flex. Nevertheless, body flex and vibrations are kept to a minimum with the implications of the 370Z Roadster having the proper reinforcements and suspension tweaking to nearly match the Coupe in performance. As far as 0-60 mph time variances go, the 370Z Coupe makes the run in 5.1 seconds while my 370Z Roadster is capable of taking just 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph.
Handling and road adaptation in the 370Z Roadster is virtually identical to that of the Coupe. The well-balanced chassis of the 370Z Roadster has an open line of communication when behind the driver’s seat allowing you to kick the rear-end out and bring it back in line with ease for any proficient driver. The 6-speed manual gearbox also meets the demand for capable drivers with quick and direct shifts.
Having had an abundance of time behind the wheel of the 370Z coupe and convertible variations over the past few years, we can all agree on its Z heritage and true sports car character remaining intact as an appealing enthusiast-oriented two-seater. The Nissan Z Roadster, with its power-folding soft-top, now can be optioned out with a respectable list of options once only available on the Sport Touring Coupe trim.
My 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring Roadster came with many of those options featuring the Sport Package, including a staggered set of 19-inch RAYS Forged wheels, Limited Slip Differential, SyncroRev Match 6-speed manual transmission, Euro-tuned shocks and Sport Brakes with 4-piston calipers up front and 2-piston rears. Also found on my test vehicle as optional equipment is the Navigation System package featuring a 7-inch color LCD touch-screen monitor, hard-drive based GPS Navigation, USB connection port, Streaming Bluetooth audio, NavTraffic/NavWeather updates, single CD player and auxiliary audio input connection.
Of course with the 370Z Touring trim you automatically get a plethora of including amenities raising the bar for Nissan’s Roadster, such as ventilated and heated seats, 8-way power driver’s seat, 4-way power passenger’s seat, auto dim review mirror, Intelligent Key w/ pushbutton start, bi-functional HID headlights and automatic temperature controls.
The Nissan 370Z’s styling is unmistakable in either Coupe or Roadster form. Its design pays homage to the classic Z car’s original design and impression on the road. Getting past the great design and excellent drivetrain, one would have to employ the 370Z Roadster’s uniqueness and long list of options to digest the as-tested price of $50,055. Although, the base price of a 370Z Coupe starts at just $33,120, the contrasting acceptance would reside on the Z Roadster being a rare and unique breed among sports cars and half of the price of its bigger brother, being the pavement shattering GT-R, which isn’t available in a drop-top form.
Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base 370Z convertible $41,470 /As-Tested $50,055. including $780 destination charge
- Engine: 3.7-liter V6 332 horsepower @ 7000 rpm / 270 ft-lbs. torque @ 5200 rpm
- Wheelbase: 100.4in.
- Total length: 167.2in.
- Total width: 72.8in.
- Total height with top up: 52.2in.
- Track: f/r-60.6/61.6in.
- Headroom: 38.7in.
- Legroom: 42.9in.
- Turning circle: 32.8ft.
- Weight distribution: f/r-54/46%
- Passenger volume: 52.3cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 4.2cu.ft.
- Fuel tank: 19 gallons
- Curb weight: 3,488lbs.
- 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
- EPA mileage: 17 mpg/city, 24 mpg/highway (6-speed manual transmission)
|2013 Nissan 370Z Touring Sport Review & Test Drive||
‘YOU DON’T MESS WITH A GOOD THING’
The new 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring with the new Sport Package is pure sports car. While Nissan engineers and stylists added refinement and suspension upgrades, they didn’t mess too much with this long standing icon from Nissan. Since the original 1970Z was first introduced, Nissan’s goal has been to keep the design moving forward. The changes for 2013, though subtle, go a long way in enhancing the 370Z’s dynamic appearance inside and out. It remains one of the world’s best pure two-seat sports car values with a price starting at $37,820.00 for the coupe with a six-speed manual.
To keep the legendary sports car fresh to look at and dynamic and exciting to drive are the updates for 2013. They include the addition of a revised front fascia with vertical LED running lights, a red reflector is added to the rear fascia that replaces the black center cover, and a new 19 inch wheel package for the Sport Package that I tested. Also new for the Sport package are red-finished brake calipers, new dark fuel gauge trim, Euro-tuned gas-charged shock absorbers and the new Magma Red paint scheme that my test 370Z came wrapped in. The other new paint color is Midnight Blue.
The styling is dynamic with dual benefits-an aggressive appearance and a light, highly rigid structure for incredible performance. The taut exterior design incorporates intentional 240Z styling cues, a sleek aerodynamic shape, a ‘dynamic motion’ feel with a dramatic cantilevered roof and a ‘low visual gravity’. The 370Z coupe’s FM (front mid-mounted) platform provides a refined foundation for the well-proportioned body with a 100.4 inch wheelbase, a 167.2 inch overall length, 72.6 inch width and a very low 51.8 inch height, giving it a classic sports car look and feel. The body features aluminum door panels, hood and hatch. A die cast aluminum alloy front suspension cradle, steel rear structural subframe, 3-point strut tower brace on top of the engine, an underbody ‘V-bar’ and an aluminum tubular brace just behind the bucket seats from the driver’s side to the passenger side, are designed to reduce front and rear lateral bending. The design also uses carbon fiber composite radiator housing, a carbon fiber composite drive shaft, and strengthened rear fender and hatch areas. This makes the new 370Z coupe one of the most rigid sports cars on the road and I felt it whenever I turned the sporty, tilting, leather-wrapped steering wheel and the reaction from the world-class fully independent suspension system.
Looking from the side it is defined by its upswept quarter window that is echoed by the dynamic upward curvature in the lower rocker panel and the sense of the taut sheet metal molding itself around the wheels and frame. Another distinctive feature of the bold exterior design is the headlight/taillight treatment, which features a fierce ‘boomerang’ shape. HID bi-functional xenon headlights with auto on/off feature, and the new vertical LED daytime running lamps. The vertical aluminum flush pull-out door handles remain unique to the 370Z. The intense broad-shouldered rear shape is highlighted by the integration of the boomerang taillights and the wide, flared fenders. The large 19 inch tires fill any gap between the wheel-wells and tires to enhance stability and aerodynamics. Attention to detail is seen with a flashing (repeater lamp) side marker lamp/emblem. The 0.29 co-efficient of drag is very good and provides zero lift and zero rear lift when equipped with the Sport Package’s rear spoiler, including the ‘inverse area’ front bumper design which smoothes the flow of air to the sides while the rear design maximizes the control of airflow from the roof to the rear hatch. The Sport Package also comes with a front chin spoiler and the aforementioned rear spoiler.
The pure performance emanating from the 370Z coupe Sport begins with the fourth-generation of Nissan’s award-winning VQ-series V6. The 3.7 liter VQ37VHR engine comes with an aluminum block/heads, DOHC, microfinished crankshaft & camshafts, and CVV Event & Lift Control. It generates 332hp at 7,000rpm and 270lb.ft. of torque at 5,200rpm. A key factor to the outstanding performance of the engine is the VVEL system, which is able to optimize open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time. Since the VVEL system can adjust to open the valves slightly, it improves fuel efficiency by reducing camshaft friction and fuel waste. It also provides cleaner emissions by allowing for quicker warm-up of the catalyst and by stabilizing combustion when the engine is cool. The engine revs fast and high, just like a race bred engine that it is. Exiting the hot gases made by this high-tech V6 engine is a single muffler with a ‘Y’ type dual exhaust with 4 inch polished stainless steel finishers out the back. A growling sound can be heard when I fire up the engine and it really explodes louder when I mash my foot down on the throttle.
The engine is backed up by a choice of a standard advanced close-ratio six-speed manual including an optional (standard with the Sport Package) synchronized downshift rev matching system, that allowed me to experience professional-like gear-shift performance. The SynchroRev Match function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the exact speed of the next gear position, essentially ‘blipping’ the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows me to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical ‘shock’ when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a push of a button next to the shifter for those who prefer to shift on their own. This system is only found on world-class sports cars with manual transmissions costing thousands of dollars more. Optional is the 370Z’s 7-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control. Unfortunately it wasn’t available when I tested the new 2013 370Z coupe Touring Sport.
It is great fun to work the six-speed manual for strong acceleration at launch, cutting through slow city and highway traffic, and when on the backroads chasing steep curving roads. It is only made more fun, enjoyable and exciting with the new 370Z’s Touring Sport’s awesome, world-class suspension system.
Up front is a double-wishbone setup that uses lightweight forged aluminum arms, a lightweight rigid aluminum-alloy cradle as mentioned before, and hollow construction stabilizer bar along with sport-tuned coil springs and new ‘high-response’ gas-charged shocks at each corner with ride comfort enhanced through reduced shock friction. The rear is a multi-link setup that is also stiffer and lighter than before with the rear cradle entirely integrated into a single part (no welding). The rear also features the Euro-tuned shocks, coil springs and stabilizer bar. Enhancing grip and traction that makes the new 2013 370Z Touring Sport such a thrill to drive is the new 19X9 front and 19X10 inch 5-twin-pronged, Ray’s forged lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels that are wrapped with Bridgestone. 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 inch Potenza low-profile, super-high-performance tires. The near 50/50 front/rear weight distribution gives the suspension a true neutral feel when putting the car through its paces on the road or on the track. The hard launch from 0mph to 60mph takes just 5.1sec. That quickness is enhanced from the grip of the 9 and 10 inch wide tires put down on the pavement via the viscous coupled limited slip differential.
The vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack & pinion steering system is a perfect match and provides improved response. Unwanted steering kickback and vibrations are reduced through the use of a solenoid valve that acts like a damper when there is a harsh impact load. Keeping you on track during very spirited driving times is the standard vehicle dynamic control that works with the traction control system to minimize oversteer and understeer, but of course you can turn the systems off and let the car slide at the apex of a sharp curve to really get my heart pumping. The suspension and steering system is so responsive, like a racecar, it response so quickly and precisely to my steering wheel inputs. The steering ratio is 13:7.1 and 2.7 turn’s lock-to-lock.
Safely slowing the new 370Z Touring Sport down from speed are large, power-assisted steel disc brakes. Up front are 14 inch vented discs clamped with four-piston calipers and 13.8 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers in the rear. Power and control is enhanced with standard ABS, BA and EBD.
The new 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring with the Sport Package is truly an exciting two-seat sports car to drive. It comes with all of the attributes that make for a world-class sports car: power, performance, handling, braking and unique styling.
The exciting feel is brought inside with a cockpit that is equipped to make car and driver feel like one. The traditional 2-seat layout is built around a deeply scooped instrument panel with soft-to-the-touch materials including a full-length center console that separates you and your passenger’s seat. The design focus incorporates a ‘layer concept’ with an information layer, and operation layer and a holding layer.
The information layer provides good visibility with easy access to all key data. The gauges are attached to the steering column so you don’t have to choose between their preferred steering wheel position and visibility of the gauges. The large upper steering wheel opening in front of the gauges is designed to provide a good view of the readouts. The instrument panel retains the traditional 3-pod cluster with oil temperature, voltmeter and clock, while the 180mph speedometer and 9,000rpm tachometer include an ‘initial sweep’ function, coming alive when the Z is first started. The fuel gauge/trip computer meter finish has been changed to a new dark finish for 2013.
The operation layer includes the steering wheel and shifter and switchgear. The steering wheel is an ‘oval’ 3-spoke design which offers a baseball-style stitching and large thumb and palm rest areas to provide a more kidney-like shape to better fit in my hands. The manual transmission shifter is padded in different areas to improve the accuracy of diagonal shifts and to feel softer in the hand for forward and backward motions.
The holding layer includes the seats, knee pads and door trim support. The driver’s seat is uniquely different from the passenger’s seat with lower seat cushion cut-outs on the sides where the thighs rest-allowing me to push on the pedals without the seat fighting them. The seat frame is constructed to help hold me in place during cornering. Both the driver and passenger seats are structured with an anti-slip material in the main seating surface. My Touring Sport model came with leather-trimmed/synthetic suede sport seats that are deeply cut. The driver’s seat is 4-way power adjustable with adjustable lumbar support. Adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints are also standard in the Touring Sport model. The door armests have been designed to provide extra support when cornering and the kneepads are integrated to help me maintain proper position while the 370Z eats up hard corners.
Standard interior comfort and convenience features in my Touring Sport model includes Nissan Intelligent Key with push button start/stop, power windows with one-touch up/down, power door locks, a center console box with a non-intrusive cover design and padded armrest, automatic climate control, rear window defroster with timer, two 12-volt power outlets, three cupholders, dual overhead map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, a 6C Bose audio system with eight speakers and two subwoofers, MP3/WMA playback, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-remote/heated side mirrors, heated seats, kick plate with Z emblem, trip computer, cruise control, vehicle speed-sensitive wipers/washers, aluminum-trimmed foot pedals/dead foot rest, retractable cargo cover, and the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with a 7-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, USB connectivity and iPod connection, NavTraffic with Real Time Traffic Information and NavWeather, automatic phonebook, Bluetooth streaming audio and RearView Monitor.
Standard safety features to keep me and my passenger safe in the event of an accident include driver/front passenger front, side-impact and curtain airbags, 3-point safety belts with pretensioners/load limiters, vehicle security system with immobilizer, front/rear crumple zones with steel beams in each door, one anchor for the LATCH child seat and tire pressure monitoring system.
I truly enjoyed my seven-day test drive at the wheel of the new 2013 Nissan 370Z Touring Sport machine. It is a true sports car, no turbo or supercharger to get in the way of the high-tech powerful V6 engine that revs up to 7,000rpm, a high-tech 6-speed manual transmission turning the rear wheels with a limited slip differential, world-class fully independent suspension system, big, strong vented disc brakes at all four-corners with a unique look and racecar-styled cockpit. It is a thrill to drive and enjoy every day.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base 370Z $33,120 As-Tested: $43,905.00 including destination charges
- Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC V6 332 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm / 270 lb.ft. of torque @ 5,200 rpm
- Headroom: 38.2 inches
- Legroom: 42.9 inches
- Hip room: 54.6 inches
- Shoulder room: 54.4 inches
- Curb weight: 3,318 pounds
- Turning circle: 34.1 ft.
- Fuel tank: 19 gallons
- Passenger volume: 51.6 cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 6.9 cu.ft.
- EPA fuel economy: 18mpg/city, 26mpg/highway
- 0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
|Nissan Ups Performance Ante With New 370Z NISMO, Juke NISMO and Track Edition GT-R||
At the start of the Chicago Auto Show, Nissan drops a few new performance enhancements to the 2014 370Z, 2013 Juke and 2014 GT-R. The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo will receive some tweaks featuring a sportier look outside, interior accents including an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and carrying over the 3.7-liter 350-horsepower V6 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission w/ the synchronized rev-match downshifting system.
The new 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo joins the 2014 370Z Nismo to get the special NISMO treatment. The Juke Nismo gets over 100 separate performance, exterior and interior modifications. Among these enhancements, the new Juke Nismo gets NISMO-tuned suspension, steering and transmission mapping. Probably the best aspect of the Nismo-Tuned Juke, is that it gets increased power from its 1.6-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine making 197 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, compared to the stock 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission or CVT unit will be available as well as an all-wheel drive system.
Saving the best for last, as expected because Godzilla never stands still, the new 2014 Nissan GT-R gets an added “Track Edition” option available to the lineup. The Track Edition GT-R will feature the same 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque twin-turbocharged V6 engine and lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission. With the Track Edition, the GT-R loses its rear seats to save weight, more aggressive sports seats up front, integrated carbon fiber front splitter with special brake cooling ducts and a re-tuned suspension with special Bilstein DampTronic shocks ideal for track use.
Hit up the full press releases below from Nissan for a full capture of the new performance enhancements to the new 370Z, Juke and GT-R.
2014 NISSAN 370Z NISMO DEBUTS AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
- 2014 model previewed at the Chicago Auto Show
- Features new exterior color with dark grey accents and red stripes
- Continues to offer 350-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension and brakes and 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels
- Joins new JUKE NISMO in Nissan showrooms this summer
In conjunction with the U.S. debut of the new 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO – and the ongoing expansion of the NISMO brand worldwide – Nissan is giving attendees at the Chicago Auto Show a preview of the 2014 370Z NISMO. Set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this summer, the 370Z NISMO follows the new NISMO design theme with distinctive new exterior and interior accents.Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas said: “The 370Z NISMO, since its introduction as part of the original Nissan 350Z lineup, has embodied the spirit of NISMO – race-proven engineering that is attainable. With the enhancements for the 2014 model year and the addition of the new JUKE NISMO, we’re unifying the look and feel of these distinctive NISMO models and paving the way for additional NISMO vehicles to follow.”
With the current 370Z NISMO setting the bar as a tuner-Z® enthusiast’s dream straight from the factory and fully warranted – offering 350 horsepower, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels – the enhancements for 2014 are designed to up the car’s already strong visual impact. On the exterior, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents. In addition, Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer.
The 370Z NISMO’s outstanding performance is anchored by an advanced Nissan FM (Front Midship) platform, refined 4-wheel independent suspension and 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) rated at 350 hp @ 7,400 rpm and 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The VVEL system helps optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time. The 370Z NISMO’s enhanced engine power and acceleration (versus non-NISMO 370Zs) is provided through use of an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with optimized ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration.
Just one transmission is offered, a close-ratio 6-speed manual with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match® synchronized downshift rev matching system. The SynchroRev Match® function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the speed of the next gear position, essentially “blipping” the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical “shock” when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own.
The 370Z NISMO also features a tight, rigid body structure with a strut tower bar brace and a pair of performance dampers, which quickly and efficiently react to help control body vibrations from road input via the tires, contributing to the 370Z NISMO’s outstanding handling and performance feel. The 370Z NISMO’s double-wishbone front/4-link rear suspension design suspension is specially tuned for exceptional handling, including higher spring and stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness and front and rear damping factors (compared to non-NISMO models).
The 2014 370Z NISMO rides on unique 5-spoke Nissan-branded 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels (19×9.5-inch front, 19×10.5-inch rear) with a Gun Metallic finish. The wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Potenza S001 Y-rated high-performance tires (245/40ZR19 front, 285/35ZR19 rear). Braking is provided by NISMO Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors with 4-piston front and 2-¬piston rear aluminum calipers.
The braking system includes a variable ratio brake pedal, high-rigidity brake hoses, R35 Special II fluid and red-finish calipers.
Along with the new color treatments, the 2014 370Z NISMO exterior includes an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler – providing a sense of dynamic movement while enhancing airflow and downforce for enhanced aerodynamic performance. The 370Z NISMO is 6.2 inches longer than the standard 370Z Coupe. Special side sills and a unique rear bumper help control airflow under the vehicle, while the functional rear spoiler increases downforce. Four exterior colors are offered: Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic and Solid Red.
Inside, the 370Z NISMO’s driver-centric interior includes NISMO logo seats with black and red fabric and red stitching, a NISMO tachometer, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and red parallel stitching, smooth leather-wrapped shift knob and aluminum-trimmed pedals. A special serialized plaque of authenticity, located on the vertical panel above the floor-mounted console, is matched to each 370Z NISMO identifying its unique serial and model year designation.
The sporty woven cloth seats feature standard 8-way driver’s/4-way passenger manual adjustments and adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints. Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature and automatic climate control. An AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system is standard. Also available is a Bose® Package featuring an in-dash 6CD changer, two additional speakers (six total), two subwoofers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, auto-dimming inside mirror and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. There are no other options offered.
Said Loing: “The great thing about the 370Z NISMO, like the JUKE NISMO, is that there is solid functionality behind every element – race-inspired but ready for the street – and with pure NISMO style.”
Along with the 370Z NISMO, the Nissan 370Z is available in 370Z Coupe and 370Z Roadster models.
2013 JUKE NISMO OFFERS UNIQUE STYLE, ATTAINABLE PERFORMANCE BORN FROM MOTORSPORTS
– Nissan Expands NISMO Line-up in the United States with Addition of New JUKE NISMO –
• Kicks off new strategy to expand NISMO’s presence in key markets
• Race-inspired exterior provides enhanced aerodynamic performance
• NISMO-tuned suspension, steering and transmission help deliver engaging driving dynamics
• Fourth model in popular Nissan JUKE line-up, available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
NISMO, its vision and name derived from NISsan MOtorsports, is embarking on an aggressive journey to expand its presence beyond the racetrack in key markets around the world. Already a legendary brand among professional and grassroots racers, as well as performance enthusiasts everywhere, NISMO now is applying its near-50 years of engineering experience and expertise to an expanding range of affordable production vehicles such as the new 2013 JUKE NISMO model.
The new JUKE NISMO, with its track-derived design, enhanced performance and engaging handling, gives JUKE buyers a distinct choice among the affordable S, well-equipped SV and premium SL grades of the popular crossover. Two configurations – front-wheel drive with a 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive with sport-tuned Xtronic CVT® – are available.
Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan North America, Inc. said: “NISMO’s unique motorsports DNA adds a new dimension to the pioneering JUKE’s long list of attributes. With nearly 100 separate performance, exterior and interior modifications and solid functionality behind every element, JUKE NISMO adds a whole new dimension of sporty style and driving exhilaration – all within reach of performance buyers’ budgets.”
Ultimate Sports Styling
Far from being purely cosmetic, the modifications to the JUKE exterior are designed to enhance the JUKE NISMO’s aerodynamics, resulting in a 37-percent improvement in downforce (versus non-NISMO models). Many of the aggressive sports-cross styling elements were influenced by NISMO’s motorsport expertise, in particular using lessons learned from the styling and engineering of the Nissan GT-R racers that compete in the Super GT series in Japan.
Compared to the standard Nissan JUKE, the most obvious visual change is to the front fascia and grille, which have been modified to better control airflow to the engine. The new front end features a lower and more aggressive design. JUKE’s familiar integrated fog lights have been replaced by thin-strip LED accent lights, positioned at the top edge of new small vents to the side of the larger grille. On front-wheel drive versions these are blanked, but on all-wheel drive models the left-hand side vent allows air into the engine bay for the CVT oil cooler and the right-hand vent is styled to match.
The prominent upper edge of the large lower grille features a red pinstripe, which drops dramatically to curve around the smaller vents and continues all the way to the front wheel arches. This distinctive NISMO cue gives the nose a visual width and presence while emphasising the Juke NISMO’s athletic stance on the road. The signature Nissan V-strut grille is finished in a darker shade than other JUKE models. To the right of the grille is a NISMO badge with a red “O,” stamping NISMO’s distinctive motorsport heritage on JUKE for first time. The distinctive JUKE combination lights are smoked as part of the NISMO appearance treatment.
The red pinstripe continues on the flanks of the car at the base of the doors. The sculpted side skirts have been reworked to enhance aerodynamic performance, directing airflow around the rear wheels and away from the car as quickly and efficiently as possible. To increase the JUKE NISMO’s visual stance, the wheel arches are more muscular and are now finished entirely in the body color to give a truly premium feel. The door mirrors have been painted red to give a visual indication to the casual observer that this is not a standard Nissan JUKE. The B-pillars are now finished in gloss “piano black,” also promoting a sleek and sporty image.
In the rear, the bumper is deeper than on non-NISMO models and the red pinstripe is also visible on the black sill. A redesigned body-colored liftgate spoiler and rear fascia diffuser complete the body modifications.
Also part of the stunning JUKE NISMO exterior appearance are the new 18-inch lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/45R18 Continental ContiSportContact5 summer tires, which help give drivers additional grip during cornering and further boost the JUKE NISMO’s on-road presence. One inch larger than the standard JUKE wheels, the diamond-cut alloys feature a 10 twin-spoke design and are finished in dark anthracite.
The 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO is available in three exterior colors – Sapphire Black, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White. All come equipped with red outside door mirrors and the matching pinstripe around base of the vehicle.
Sporty Interior Styling Focused on the Driver
NISMO’s core belief is that everything should be focused on the driver. It’s about enhancing their experience, pure and simple. So the JUKE NISMO’s seats, instrumentation, steering wheel, gear knob, pedals and door trims have all been redesigned to boost driver enjoyment by creating a more performance-oriented environment.
The front seats have been redesigned to offer additional lateral support. Trimmed in suede, they sport vibrant red stitching – picking up the detail introduced by the red bodywork pinstripe. Red is also used as a background to the tachometer and also appears on the steering wheel stitching, which is finished in Alcantara and leather. The tactile steering wheel now includes a red marker to indicate “top dead center,” another feature derived directly from racing. The rear seats also feature red stitching.
Dark Smoke coloring is used throughout the interior to help allow the driver to focus entirely on the elements that are most important – the gauges, switchgear and controls. Consequently the headliner is black (no moonroof is available with the JUKE NISMO) and there is a gloss “piano black” finish around the ventilation and audio controls. There is also new smoked grey trim around the gear selector.
In the footwell, the standard black rubber pedals have been upgraded to a metallic finish, and there is a NISMO badge visible on the dead pedal. The NISMO logo has also been precision-stitched into the seatbacks.
Other standard content includes privacy glass, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start and the I-CON (Integrated Control) system with automatic air conditioning.
Revised Powertrain for Improved Dynamics
NISMO’s spirit of innovation and determination, born on the racetrack in 1984, remains at the heart of the performance brand today. This DNA has been injected into the JUKE NISMO in the form of a reworked version of Nissan’s advanced inline 4-cylinder 1.6-liter DOHC aluminium-alloy Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged engine. Direct injection helps improve combustion, enhancing power, torque, economy and emissions. The use of the turbocharger and intercooler also help boost power, while the variable timing control for both intake and exhaust cycles improves low-end engine response.
For use in the JUKE NISMO, both power and torque have been increased without compromising emissions and efficiency. The JUKE NISMO is rated at 197 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, versus the standard JUKE’s 188-horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque.
The front-wheel drive JUKE NISMO is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the all-wheel drive version comes with a sport-tuned version of Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with manual mode.
Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg City (est.) and 32 mpg Highway (est.) for JUKE NISMO FWD (6MT) model and 25 mpg City (est.) and 30 mpg Highway (est.) for JUKE NISMO AWD (CVT).
Improved engine performance is only one element of Juke NISMO’s dynamic enhancements. The suspension settings have been completely revised, leading to greater traction and improved body response and roll control.
The suspension has also been lowered slightly versus non-NISMO JUKE settings, reducing the gap between the tires and wheelwells for a cleaner appearance and improved aerodynamics. An independent MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension is utilized on FWD models, while JUKE NISMO AWD model offers a multi-link rear suspension design. A cradle-type front subframe enhances lateral stiffness of the assembly. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard on all models.
The JUKE NISMO’s vehicle-speed-sensing electric power-assisted steering has been reworked for sportier and more direct handling. Thanks to increased resistance at the wheel, more feedback is evident at medium and high speeds. Braking is supplied by power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
Advanced Torque Vectoring AWD
The JUKE NISMO’s advanced torque vectoring AWD system – standard in all 2013 JUKE AWD models – offers performance technology often reserved for premium vehicles. The torque vectoring system is designed to limit understeer by increasing torque to the outside rear wheel, helping the car follow its intended course. It also enhances agility, giving the JUKE NISMO exceptional ride comfort and handling in spite of its higher ground clearance when compared to other compact cars.
As well as splitting torque front to rear – up to a maximum of 50:50 – the torque can also be shifted from side-to-side across the rear axle. In total, up to 50 percent of the total available engine torque can be sent to either rear wheel. Information collected by various sources (measuring wheel speed, steering angle, yaw rate and lateral G-force) is interpreted to anticipate the driver’s intention. System actions are relayed to the driver via a real-time graphic display on the instrument panel depicting the torque distribution under all conditions.
Both FWD and AWD JUKE NISMO models include another example of advanced Nissan technology – the innovative Integrated Control (I-CON) system that combines control of the automatic A/C and the three-mode drive selector – Normal for everyday driving; Sport for a more intense performance feel; and Eco for maximum efficiency – adjusting throttle, transmission (CVT) and steering feel.
The centrally mounted I-CON digital screen changes display, color and functions depending on the mode selected by the driver. Settings alter throttle maps, steering effort and CVT shift schedules on the AWD models. In the D-Mode Sport setting, the throttle map is retuned to deliver higher engine revs and sharper responses, while in the Eco setting, engine revs are reduced for more gentle progress. In the M-CVT version (AWD only), the Sport setting even introduces a “rhythmic” auto upshift that simulates manual gear changes at redline.
In addition, steering effort in Sport is firmer and more responsive, while in Normal it’s lighter and more linear. In the Eco setting, the quantity of cold air circulating in the cabin is optimized, reducing the load on the climate control and lowering the system’s power consumption.
Real time trip information can also be displayed giving average speed, fuel economy, journey times and engine torque and turbo boost as well as a daily fuel consumption history. The I-CON system even incorporates a G-Force indicator.
Said Loing: “For a vehicle of its compact size and attainable price, JUKE NISMO packs a huge amount of advanced performance technology.”
A Range of Available Features and Amenities
The 2013 JUKE NISMO is offered with a range of features that add a level of convenience equal to its sporty style, including an available Nissan Navigation System with 5-inch color touch screen display and NavTraffic capability (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH™ audio system, USB interface (iPod® compatible) and RearView Monitor.
Standard features include dual front and rear beverage holders, speed-sensitive automatic door locks, storage under the rear cargo floor (FWD models only), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Interface System for iPod®, and AM/FM/CD audio system with steering wheel controls. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility.
Every JUKE NISMO comes equipped with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection, seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and front-seat Active Head Restraints.
Other standard equipment includes LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System (VSS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).
Said Loing: “The JUKE NISMO combines distinctive style, advanced technology and a fun-to-drive factor that is unlike anything in the segment – all at an attainable price. It optimizes the already innovative JUKE design, re-engineering it to NISMO standards and sets the stage for future NISMO-branded models to come.”
2014 NISSAN GT-R ADDS NEW “TRACK EDITION” TO U.S. LINEUP; EXCLUSIVE TWO-SEAT SUPERCAR’S SALES BEGIN IN MAY
• New Track Edition joins Premium and Black Edition models, allowing buyers to further specify their GT-R performance and equipment levels
• Specialized Track Edition suspension developed at famed Nürburgring Circuit by GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki
• Driver-oriented interior features high-grip seating surfaces, deletion of rear seat
• Body features include front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, brake cooling air guides
The new Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which makes its U.S. debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, is the third and most exclusive model in the 2014 GT-R lineup. Designed to take Nissan’s legendary 545-horsepower street supercar even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine, it features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside. It is set to go on sale at select GT-R certified Nissan dealerships nationwide beginning in May 2013. Production will be limited to 150 cars for the U.S. market.
Said Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas: “The concept behind the GT-R Track Edition is to enable drivers who enjoy even more demanding high-performance driving than the GT-R Premium and Black Edition models’ extreme performance, the chance to come closer to a competition spec vehicle – no back seat, stiffer suspension, higher grip seats, additional brake cooling – the works.”
Changes to the GT-R’s sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension for the Track Edition include specialized Bilstein DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates. Much of the 2014 GT-R’s suspension development took place on the Nürburgring, one of the world’s most challenging racing circuits, where the Track Edition damping force and handling benchmarks were further refined by GT-R development driver Toshio Suzuki. The Track Edition’s air guides for the front and rear brakes were also refined through rigorous track testing.
The Track Edition’s performance enhancements are added to a significant number of upgrades to the GT-R for the 2014 model year, ranging from the adoption of new fuel injectors for enhanced torque response in the 4,500 – 6,000 rpm range and improved throttle and acceleration feel at mid- and high-rpm ranges, to the addition of an oil pan baffle to stabilize oil turbulence and oil pressure under high performance driving conditions. An aluminum nameplate is now added to each hand-assembled engine bearing the name of the specially trained “Takumi” craftsman who built that individual engine.
In addition to developing 545 horsepower, the GT-R’s standard VR38DETT V6 produces 463 lb-ft of torque. The engine is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds (0.15 seconds). The sequential-shifting transaxle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1,3,5) and even (2,4,6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts. It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.
The Nissan GT-R’s unique Premium Midship platform, created expressly for use with the GT-R, enables the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which optimizes weight distribution and handling capability. The rear drive-biased system can vary torque split from 0:100 to 50:50 depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tire slip, road surface and yaw rate.
In the interior, the new GT-R Track Edition includes special blue-trimmed high-grip front seats that use a special leather and fabric appointments. And, like all 2014 GT-Rs, the Track Edition’s interior offers a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large center-mounted tachometer, a large metallic-framed center console with ergonomically designed shift lever, a red “engine start” button and carbon fiber interior trim.
The centerpiece of the instrument panel is a video game-inspired multi-function display with 11 pages of available information, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback. Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. The navigation system includes NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather capabilities (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).
All 2014 GT-R models include a specially designed 11-speaker Bose® audio system that features two forward-facing woofers in the rear center armrest area. Rigid aluminum die cast panel-mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustical performance of the GT-R sound system. Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® is also standard.
Finishing off the GT-R Track Edition’s special features are a handmade, lightweight dry carbon fiber rear spoiler and special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® forged lightweight wheels mounted with Dunlop® SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance run-flat nitrogen-filled tires. (Both the wheels and spoiler are also offered on the Black Edition.) The rear spoiler’s lightweight GT-R specific dry carbon fiber material* is also incredibly strong, contributing to increased aerodynamic downforce.
The GT-R Track Edition is offered in five exterior colors: Deep Blue Pearl, Jet Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic and Pearl White.
Concluded Loing: “The new Track Edition sends the message that when it come to Nissan GT-R performance, there is no endpoint. We will continue to push its development and keep the competition in the rearview mirror. The legend continues.”
*Dry carbon fiber requires specific maintenance. Please see Owner’s Manual for details.