Nissan GB has developed a 350Z NISMO concept to show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, fitted with racing and styling parts designed by Nissan’s motorsport arm in Japan.
Some of parts are available now while others could be on sale soon depending on customer reaction.
The sports exhaust fitted to the Goodwood concept, with its 10.7cm wide twin oval tailpipes, is likely to cost around £1,000, for instance.
The one-off 350Z also features an Aero kit, developed in conjunction with Polyphony Digital, producer of the ‘Gran Turismo’ game. In-game images were translated into production reality by NISMO after being aerodynamically tested, and the kit now increases front and rear downforce.
There’s a deeper front bumper with a low lip spoiler, colour-coded to the vehicle, while side skirts rectify irregular air stream around the tyres at high speeds. The look is completed by a rear-mounted wing that sits on top of the tailgate below the rear window. An exact price for the NISMO Aero Kit hasn’t been confirmed but estimates are around £2,500 including VAT and fitting. Initially the kit will only be available on new Zs but later Nissan GB is hoping to establish a retro-fit programme.
Available now and fitted to the Goodwood concept are a set of five spoke 19″ alloy wheels – wider at the rear – at £1,765 for the set excluding tyres.
A comparative bargain is the £40 plus VAT radiator cap that keeps the cooling system pressure at a higher level.
No price has been set for the suspension kit, however.
Inside, there’s more NISMO-branded kit: kick plates, floormats, titanium gear knob, and Alcantara sports seats with vibration-absorbing foam.
NISsan MOtorsports was established in Japan in 1984 to provide manufacturer backed performance parts for Nissan cars, and will be well known to anyone who plays ‘Gran Turismo’ or drives a Skyline GT-R.
Prices for the ‘normal’ 280PS 350Z start at £24,000. It’ll accelerate to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds and onto a limited top speed of 155 mph. Standard equipment includes xenon headlights, front/side/curtain airbags, a 6CD autochanger, 18″ alloy wheels and Brembo brakes. The £2,500 GT Pack adds leather upholstered, electrically adjustable and heated seats, a Bose stereo system and cruise control. 18″ RAYS alloys that are 4kg lighter than the standard wheel add another £1,000.
31% of all customers apparently order the full GT Pack with RAYS, while 40% of buyers opt for Gun Metal grey. 25% also think the Alezan orange leather interior is a good idea.
Also at Goodwood will be the Murano, Nissan’s 4×4 that’s “the size and measure of a BMW X5 but will cost less than a similarly equipped X3.” It’s powered by the same engine as the 350Z, and only around 1,000 will be imported into the UK next year. On the Nissan stand, you can also see the one-off 265PS Micra R.