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2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO is a rare iconic legend

The 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO
The 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO
Steven Marks

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

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Legends. The makers of history. An icon so recognizable it rekindles the spirit of joy and excitement from the first glance. To most, the Z car is just that, a sports car legend. Decades ago when the Z car was first introduced, it became an instant icon as one of the first Japanese bred sports cars introduced to the United States. And today, the Nissan 370Z still carries the torch as one the most attractive, agile, dynamic, and nimble sports cars available in the sports car marketplace.

Delivered this week was Nissan's performance division variant, the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO. Short for NISsan MOtorsports, the aggressive coupe introduces a new level of an iconic legend with exclusive performance upgrades and body enhancements. Although several compromises come with this car in the name of comfort, the end result is sure to meet the needs of even the most demanding sports car enthusiast.

At first glance, it's apparent that something is distinctly different about this Z car. Starting with the front, the NISMO Z introduces a much more aggressive, fully integrated chin spoiler not found on the conventional Z. Follow the sleek silhouette of the greenhouse, and instantly be drawn to the aggressive, wider rear end that finds a race-inspired rear spoiler mounted on the deck lid.

The interior also takes leverage on the upgraded design theme with various performance enhancements. Immediately noticeable are the race-inspired, NISMO embroidered sport seats that allow leather to be absent to ensure passengers are completely planted when performing aggressive maneuvers in the Z. Another feature that is noticeably absent, and completely not available, is the navigation system. Take a glance directly down from where the navigation should be, and you’re sure to notice the only gearbox that is available, a proper 6-speed manual. Nissan has mated the SynchroRev Match function to the gearbox, which underlines the true magic of what a sports car should be.

The NISMO Z also gets a slight upgrade in performance thanks to revised ECU settings, and a new exhaust set up. The already spirited 3.7-liter V6 gets a bump to 350 horsepower with 276 lb ft of torque and can take the NISMO to 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds. A more aggressive exhaust note is sure to channel through the cabin, especially at higher speeds.

Even though the competitive field of this type of sports car remains highly competitive, the NISMO does inject a hint of exclusivity and rarity to a car that already has relatively low market share. It also undercuts the price of many of the competitors by thousands. Dependability, performance, appearance, and exclusivity give this legend the chance for a second look when shopping in the market. For more information on the Nissan 370Z NISMO, check out nissan.com.