Revised 2013 Nissan 370Z bows at Chicago Auto Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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It may surprise some that Nissan's Z sports coupe has been around since 1969, when the 240Z was introduced as 1970 model. That first Z car spawned multiple generations of Z-car excitement: there was the second-generation 280ZX, third- and fourth-generation versions of the 300ZX, the fifth-generation 350Z and of course the current sixth-generation 370Z which debuted as a 2009 model. The 370Z impressed many with its interior quality, power and body rigidity, which were all significantly improved over the former 350Z. Now, for the 2013 model year, Nissan has revised its Z car further.

The 2013 Nissan 370Z debuted recently at the Chicago Motor Show, which opened to the public on February 10. Updates for 2013 include a restyled front end with a simplified grille and vertical LED daytime running lights on the flanks. At the back a red reflector has been added to the rear fascia between the exhaust tips, replacing the previous black centre cover. The 2013 370Z also benefits from new 18-inch wheels, and revised 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for those 370s equipped with the Sport Package. Other additions afforded by the Sport Package include red-finished brake calipers and Euro-tuned shock absorbers. The 2013 370Z can also be had in two new exterior colours - Midnight Blue and Magma Red - and the interior features new dark-finish trim for the fuel gauge.

Power for the 2013 370Z comes from an unchanged 3.7-litre DOHC V6 engine which generates 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission.

"Since the original 1970 Z was first introduced our goal has always been to keep the design moving forward. The changes for 2013, though subtle, go a long way in enhancing its dynamic appearance inside and out," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc.

Since the 370Z debuted for 2009 its competitors have grown in number and specification. The Z remains impressive prospect in the sport coupe segment, and the tweaks for 2013 should help it continue to stand up against rivals including the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Hyundai's Genesis Coupe. The 2013 Nissan 370Z is scheduled for sale in the United States this June and is expected to arrive in Canada this summer also.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Nissan, 2013, 370Z,

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