Sure we don’t get the special edition Mitsubishi EVOs with even more horsepower, or the Civic Type R, but things could be worse: you could live in Canada. That’s right, while many high-performance vehicles have been denied to us, our friends to the North have had to do without Nissan‘s 370Z NISMO.
But that’s about to change with the announcement by Nissan Canada that it will debut the higher-performance Z at the upcoming Montreal Auto Show, going on sale later this year as a 2012 model. The car has already been on sale for a full model year in the U.S.
With 350-hp the NISMO edition car gets an increase of 18 ponies over the stock Z. Torque is also up, but just slightly, to 276 ft-lbs – an increase of 6 ft-lbs. Power is also achieved at a higher rpm with the 3.7-liter V6 strung-out to 7400 rpm to acheive maximum horsepower, as opposed to the stock cars, 7000 rpm max power level. And possibly better than the added power (for those who really appreciate track days) is a standard limited slip differential.
To give the car even better track performance, Nissan stiffened up the chassis with special “body dampers” on the front frame rail and below the rear cargo area. And of course, the car comes with a NISMO springs and a big NISMO strut tower bars front and rear.
Larger brakes are also included and sit inside a set of amazing looking 19-inch NISMO wheels. Manufactured by RAYS forged, the new wheels measure 19×9.5-inches up front and 19×10.5-inches in the rear with front 245/40/19 tires and rear 285/35/19 tires.
As mentioned earlier, the NISMO Z does get some styling additions, although they are more than just aesthetic. The new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and rear spoiler are all functional, reducing lift on the front axle and increasing downforce in the rear.
Inside, the NISMO branding is obvious with the name stitched onto the special seats made of a grippy fabric. Also inside the cabin can be found plenty of red stitching and some nice NISMO gauges.
Along with the introduction of the NISMO Z, Nissan will also give both the Leaf EV and the new 2011 GT-R their Canadian debuts at the Montreal show.
GALLERY: Nissan 370Z NISMO
Official release after the jump::
Nissan Canada Announces Three Canadian Debuts at 2011 Montreal Auto Show
– 2011 Nissan LEAF, 2012 GT-R and 2012 370Z NISMO Set to Impress Montreal Consumers –
MISSISSAUGA, ON – December 15, 2010 – Today, Nissan Canada announced its plan to debut three of its most impressive production vehicles at the 2011 Montreal Auto Show in January, 2011. Making their first public appearances in Canada are the 2012 GT-R, 2012 370Z Nismo and the long-awaited, all-electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF, which will go on sale in Canada in fall 2011.
“For the first Canadian auto show of the season we have three very exciting debuts which really represent Nissan’s Innovation for All platform,” said Mark McDade, Director, Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “From the all-electric Nissan LEAF to the legendary Nissan GT-R sports car which embodies pure power, there will be something for everyone at the Nissan booth this year.”
The 2011 Nissan LEAF™ is the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car that will usher in a new era of mobility in Canada when it goes on sale in fall 2011. With no gas and no tailpipe, Nissan LEAF was specifically designed to bring affordable zero-emission driving to the mass-market. Using a Lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that seats five adults comfortably and has a range of 160 kilometres (U.S. LA4 cycle) on one full charge to satisfy real-world consumer needs.
When the 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO goes on sale for the first time in Canada in spring, 2011, it will fulfill the dreams of car enthusiasts across the country. With 350 horsepower, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels, NISMO is a limited production 370Z that provides unique performance and design attributes that true sports car enthusiasts are looking for straight from the factory.
With a new look, more power and better fuel efficiency, the 2012 Nissan GT-R continues to deserve its legendary nickname “Godzilla.” Other improvements for 2012 include increased structural rigidity, suspension modifications and new tires for better driving performance. The new “Black Edition” – with unique seats, interior colours and wheels – is the latest iteration of Nissan’s legendary supercar and will be available at official “GT-R certified” Nissan dealers across Canada in early 2011.