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2013 Nissan 370Z Debut

Nissan's iconic sports car returns with a few minor tweaks to keep things interesting


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What's New

Winter in Chicago doesn't exactly leave one pining for a roadster or drop-top, but Nissan today showed off the 2013 Nissan 370Z, with a few changes for the new model year to get people excited before convertible season. A 3.7-liter V-6 engine, capable of producing 332-hp will come standard on 2013 370Zs. The Coupe, Coupe Touring and Roadster Touring models will have a six-speed manual, or seven-speed automatic transmission to choose from, regular Roadster models will only be available with the automatic transmission. True to the performance mantra, NISMO models will get a more tuned 3.7-liter V-6 engine that will add an additional 18-hp, upping it to 350-hp total, and an abundance of low-end power to boot. The 2013 NISMO 370Z will be available only with a six-speed manual transmission, and includes a rev-matching option that allows for quick downshifts without using the clutch.

Who It's For

According to Al Castignetti, vice-president and general manager of Nissan, "Since the original 1970 Z was first introduced our goal has always been to keep the design moving forward. The changes for 2013, though subtle, go a long way in enhancing its dynamic appearance inside and out." In other words, the 2013 Nissan 370Z is an evolutionary step for the model, tweaking its performance without making it all-new. So sports car aficionados, you're still going to like what you see.

Key Features

  • The Z has been instrumental in establishing Nissan as a performance leader, and demonstrating that Japanese cars could offer spirited driving dynamics, more than just the eco-friendly slugs that had been populating marketplace previously. For 2013, the Nissan 370Z receives:
  • Visual tweaks: new LED daytime running lights; a red reflector in back replaces the black center cover; new 18-inch wheels; two new colors, Magma Red and Midnight Blue; a dark-finish fuel gauge trim.
  • Sport Package: Sport Package equipped models receive further changes, including revised 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake-calipers, and Euro-tuned shock absorbers.
  • A new NISMO: In addition to the extra power, NISMO 370Zs receive a few minor tweaks, including two new speakers and two subwoofers; gun-metallic dark finish 19-inch wheels; and Nissan GT-R style brake hoses and brake fluid.

What We Think

There's not a lot new under the sun here, but at the same time, the 2013 Nissan 370Z has the makings of a worthwhile group of upgrades to ensure that the car stays fresh until the next generation appears in a few years time.

Source: Nissan

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