Nissan is bringing an updated 370Z to SEMA that just might make it to production.
The Japanese carmaker was quick to point out that their custom 370Z is still under development and might change in the coming months. Nissan wanted to make a car that could be used on track days and created using Nissan Motorsports and aftermarket parts. And if we’re lucky, they might even start selling it as a top-end trim one day.
What started life as a 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO is now only recognizable from its outer shell. The insides of this sport coupe are almost entirely brand new.
Nissan calls their creation the Project Clubsport 23.
Gone is the 3.7-L VQ37VHR engine that the 370Z was born with, and instead a new 3.0-L VR30DDTT twin-turbo V6 is installed. That’s the same engine as found on the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport and is rated for 400 hp--an increase of 50 ponies over the old engine.
The 370Z retains its 6-speed manual transmission, but most of its components needed to be upgraded to handle the more powerful engine. A new clutch disc, cover, and flywheel assembly are added to the transmission, which feeds to a new a NISMO GT LSD Pro-Carbon 2-way differential that’s cooled by a new MA Motorsports differential cooler.
Under the hood, the engine gets an AMS Performance cold air intake kit, Z1 Motorsports blow-off valves, Z1 Motorsports radiator and intercooler silicone coolant hoses, and AMS Performance heat exchanger. The exhaust now exits on either side of the rear license plate thanks to a custom design from MA Motorsports.
More power under the hood means bigger brakes at the wheels. NISMO HC Street/Track brake pads, Z1 Motorsports 2-piece slotted rotors, and NISMO stainless steel brake lines help the 370Z stop in record time, while RAYS cast aluminum-alloy 18x10.5-inch wheels and Hankook RS4 285/35R18 high-performance tires keep it on the road.
On the inside are new Sparco seats with 6-point racing harness, a roll cage, and diamond-pattern vinyl upholstery inspired by the original 240Z. And to save weight, a new carbon fiber hood and front splitter are installed.
For a better look, you’ll be able to check it out at Nissan’s booth at the SEMA Show from October 30th to November 2nd.