Chicago Show 2012 Highlights: 2013 Nissan 370Z

As is often the case with aging starlets, sports cars reach a certain point in their careers when a mere mention of their name no longer lights up a room. Their success dependent on surviving the cruel and fickle selection process of the consumer public, they submit themselves to minor face lifts, stopgap procedures aimed at keeping their outward appearance fresh amongst a sea of hungry up-and-comers. And so it goes with the 2013 Nissan 370Z.

The changes, however, are minor. The most obvious update to the sixth-gen Z is the relocation of the car’s “fangs” from the grille to the outside edges of the front bumper; the vestigial teeth are now rendered as a pair of vertical LED daytime running lights rather than in body-color plastic. The Z’s formerly toothy maw now appears gaping by comparison. On the rear bumper, a red reflector has replaced the small piece of black plastic that was used here in place of the non-U.S.-market fog lamp.

The 2013 Nissan 370Z will again be available in coupe and roadster configurations when it goes on sale this June. The coupe gets new 18-inch wheels, and two new exterior colors, Magma Red and Midnight Blue, have been added to the palette (the latter will be unavailable on NISMO models). Buyers who opt for the Sport package also now get red-finished brake calipers, redesigned 19-inch rims, and retuned shocks.

The basic and Touring coupes and roadsters carry over the 332-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 and a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions; in the roadster, the manual transmission is limited to the Touring model. The NISMO Z coupe continues to top the lineup with its special exhaust and 350-horse version of the V-6, but it doesn’t adopt the front or rear fascia changes.

Thanks to: Car and Driver

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