Nissan 370Z Nismo Roadster concept drops its top in Chicago

Concept previews potential production variant, pending sufficient interest

We rate the Nissan 370Z Nismo quite highly here at evo, and thoroughly enjoyed the regular 370Z Roadster we ran on our Fast Fleet a few years back.

By extension then, the 370Z Nismo Roadster Concept presented at the Chicago auto show should be right up our street – combining the latest Nismo coupe’s improved styling and driving characteristics with follicle-flustering thrills.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

As yet, the Concept tag implies it won’t be put into production, but by combining two existing production cars there’s little about the Nismo that couldn’t be achieved with little work.

That means the same 339bhp, 274lb ft, 3696cc V6 as the tin-top, as well as all the coupe’s suspension alterations.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The Concept uses a 7-speed automatic transmission rather than the standard six-speed with automatic rev-matching, though should the car make production it’s likely the latter would be offered in the UK market. Nissan puts the change down to the convertible’s more relaxed character, suggesting it perfect for ‘long open-top drives along the shoreline’.

A set of Bridgestone Potenza 245- and 285-section tyres encircle 19in forged Rays alloy wheels, 9.5 inches wide at the front and another inch wider at the rear.

Inside, the Nismo Roadster is a little less striking than the production coupe, the red hue of the coupe’s Recaros replaced by a sedate off-white shade of ‘Ultrasuede’, chosen to repel heat when the car is left sitting with the roof open. Wisely, they’re also stain-repellant, should the roof be left open during the sort of weather more typical in the UK.

Other features include a carbonfibre spoiler unique to the Nismo Roadster, and the production coupe’s standard limited-slip differential and underbonnet strut brace.

Nissan has no firm plans to produce the car, but Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning at Nissan North America, says it’s something the company has considered ‘for a long time’.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/nissan/370z/201935/750bhp-time-attack-nissan-370z-shown-at-sema
Nissan 370Z

750bhp Time Attack Nissan 370Z shown at SEMA 

7 Nov 2019
Visit/nissan/370z/201879/nissan-370z-replacement-spied-testing
Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z replacement spied testing 

30 Oct 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/718-boxster/202408/new-porsche-boxster-t-2020-review
Porsche 718 Boxster

New Porsche Boxster T 2020 review

In many ways the best 718 Boxster to drive, but that sadly doesn’t paper over the inadequacies of the flat-four engine
2 Apr 2020
Visit/bmw/5-series-saloon/22919/2020-bmw-5-series-m-sport-facelift-spied
BMW 5 Series saloon

2020 BMW 5-series M Sport facelift spied

The BMW 5-series is about to get a fresh look, without bigger kidneys
1 Apr 2020
Visit/used-cars/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
1 Apr 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019