For 2015, Nissan added numerous tech options and – gasp – an automatic transmission, and now there’s this.
Unveiled at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster concept is exactly what it sounds like, a preview of what a production NISMO convertible would look like.
The concept features many of the same upgrades from the production 370Z NISMO coupe. That starts with new styling, including a GT-R-esque front fascia with LED daytime running lights, 19-inch Rays alloy wheels, and red accenting.
For the Roadster concept, Nissan added leather-wrapped headrest bars and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler.
Under the hood, the 3.7-liter V6 is tuned to produce 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque, just like in the production 370Z NISMO. The concept has a seven-speed automatic transmission, but the production version is also available with a six-speed manual.
Other performance upgrades include a strut-tower brace, sportier suspension and brakes, and a limited-slip differential.
The NISMO makeover continues on the inside, with Recaro sport seats trimmed in a mix of black leather with off-white Ultrasuede inserts, an Alcantara and leather three-spoke steering wheel, and red NISMO tachometer.
Nissan says it’s using the Roadster concept to gauge public interest in a production version. Given that it’s basically a topless version of the existing NISMO coupe, putting it in showrooms probably wouldn’t be that difficult.
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