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2009 Nissan 370Z Nismo photos

Nissan's tuning arm, Nismo, fitted the 370Z with a stiffer suspension, new wheels, and a body kit. Engine tuning squeezes out a little more horsepower and torque, but are these upgrades worth it?

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Nissan launched its new 370Z sports car last year, the replacement for the 350Z, and now gives it the Nismo treatment. Nismo, which stands for Nissan Motorsports, is the automaker's tuning arm. The 370Z Nismo sports engine tuning, enhanced suspension, and body modifications.
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Nismo actually extended the nose of the 370Z for improved aerodynamics, and added a chin spoiler. Other features, such as the boomerang headlights, carry over from the base car.
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The suspension is very stiff in the 370Z Nismo, making it uncomfortable to use as a daily driver. Handling is improved somewhat over the standard 370Z.
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These 19-inch RAYS wheels are standard on the 370Z Nismo.
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Other aerodynamic modifications include this rear spoiler. Although the engine is the same 3.7-liter V-6 found in the base 370Z, Nismo squeezed 18 more horsepower out of it.
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The cabin features Nismo sport seats with heavy side bolstering. Besides a simple stereo, cabin tech is completely lacking in the 370Z NISMO.
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Nismo labeling appears on the tachometer, the seats, and the rear of the car.
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The six-speed manual transmission in the 370Z Nismo is the same as that in the base 370Z. It has the SynchroRev Match feature that helps line up engine speed with gear ratio during shifts.

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