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12th February, 2006
Nissan unveils the NISMO 350Z sports coupe fitted with racing and styling parts designed by Nissan’s famed motorsport arm.
The stunning NISMO 350Z sports coupe debuted at the Melbourne International Motor Show, which runs from Thursday 9th February to Sunday 19th February at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Since its launch in 2002, the Nissan 350Z sports coupe has proved to be a formidable performance car, but with the addition of some serious NISMO S-tune accessories, it is transformed into a real head-turner.
To ensure there is no mistaking the intent of this car, the NISMO 350Z receives a full Aero Kit and five-spoke 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels shod with extra wide, road-gripping Bridgestone Potenza S-03 tyres.
NISMO designed and developed the Aero Kit in conjunction with Polyphony Digital, producer of ‘GRAN TURISMO’. Not only does it look the part, the Aero Kit increases the forces on the front and rear of the car to provide more grip at the front and added traction at the rear.
The standard front bumper is replaced by a deeper model with a low-lip spoiler colour-coded to the vehicle. An additional louvre in the bumper grille gives the NISMO 350Z an even wider and meaner look, while side skirts rectify irregular air stream around the tyres at high speeds. Their function is linked to the rear under-skirt, and along with the front lip spoiler, give the impression that the 350Z is literally glued to the road. But all of this wouldn’t be complete without the high mounted rear spoiler that sits on top of the tailgate below the rear window.
To enhance driveability and on-road dynamics, the NISMO 350Z has gained NISMO’s S-tune suspension with front and rear stabiliser kit, front and rear shock absorbers and springs.
The NISMO Weldina sports exhaust system fitted to the vehicle gives it a spine tingling note from the 10.7 cm wide, twin oval tailpipes.
To further improve handling and driveability, the NISMO 350Z also receives a high performance clutch and limited-slip differential.
Five spoke lightweight alloy wheels, 19" x 8.5J at the front and 19" x 9.5J at the rear are matched with 245/35ZR19 and 275/35ZR19 Bridgestone Potenza S-03 tyres.
Inside, the NISMO theme continues, with signature kick plates, floormats, gauges and a titanium gear knob adding to the Z’s cabin appeal. A pair of NISMO sports seats, even more hip-hugging than the originals, ensure the driver and passenger are well catered for.
Nissan Australia’s managing director and chief executive officer, Shinya Hannya, unveiled the vehicle at the Melbourne International Motor Show.
“The NISMO 350Z is a serious performance vehicle anyway you look at it, with the ability to deliver great driving dynamics and drop dead good looks,” Mr. Hannya said.
All parts and accessories used to develop the NISMO 350Z are available through the national Nissan dealer network.