2013 Nissan 370Z gets refreshed, receives vertical LED daytime running lights

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 7, 2012

Nissan revealed today the 2013 370Z, a facelifted version of its well-known sports car that will make its debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Set to go on sale next June, the 2013 Nissan 370Z comes with a refreshed front fascia with integrated LED daytime running lights, red reflector or the rear fascia which replaces the black center cover, new 19-inch alloy wheels for the models equipped with the Sport Package and new 18-inch wheels for the 370z Coupe, red-finished brake calipers for the models equipped with the Sport Package, dark-finish fuel gauge trim and Euro-tuned Sport Package.

Also, two new colors are available for the 2013MY 370Z: Magma Red and Midnight Blue. Regarding the 2013 Nismo 370Z, this model features new Bose Premium Audio Package with two additional speakers and two subwoofers, premium gun metallic dark-finish 19-inch wheels, and Nissan GT-R style high-rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid. The bad new is that the 2013 Nismo 370Z doesn’t come with the new front fascia/rear reflector, Euro-tuned shocks or Midnight Blue exterior color.

Both the MY2013 370Z Coupe and 370Z Coupe Touring will still be powered by a 332-hp 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine as standard. Both models will have a seven-speed automatic transmission as standard too. There is an available six-speed manual gearbox, but this option can only be availed for the MY2013 370Z Coupe Touring.

The MY2013 370Z Coupe does not come with this option. Sitting on top of the 370Z range is the Nissan NISMO 370Z, which does not only offer upgrades for the exterior and interior, but also features a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels.

It is still powered with the same 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine that powers the range. However, the engine is now complemented by an H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and optimized ECM (Engine Computer Module) control – all resulting to an improvement in power to 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque.

This NISMO version of the MY2013 370Z is only available in one gearbox –a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with standard SynchroRev Match.

Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager at Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc., remarked that since Nissan first introduced the original Z (MY1970), the carmaker has always been aiming to keep the car’s design moving forward. He noted that the subtle changes in the car’s design for the model year 2013 offer improvements in the 370Z’s looks both inside and out.

Press Release

2013 Nissan 370Z Previewed at Chicago Auto Show – New Front Fascia and New Wheels Lead Enhancements

If it's February in Chicago, it's time for one thing - sports cars. Bringing a taste of hot performance to the Windy City winter, Nissan debuted the revised 2013 Nissan 370Z on the floor of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The new Z®, which is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide next June, features a number of enhancements designed to keep the legendary sports car fresh and exciting. For 2013, the Nissan 370Z will once again be available in Coupe, Roadster and NISMO Z configurations.

The updates for the new model year include:

  • Refreshed front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights
  • Red reflector added to rear fascia (replaces previous black center cover)
  • Revised 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Sport Package equipped models)
  • New 18-inch wheels for 370Z Coupe
  • Red-finished brake calipers (Sport Package equipped models)
  • Dark-finish fuel gauge trim
  • Euro-tuned shock absorbers (Sport Package equipped models)
  • And two new exterior colors - Magma Red and Midnight Blue

The NISMO 370Z also adds a new Bose® Premium Audio Package with two additional speakers and two subwoofers, premium gun metallic dark-finish 19-inch wheels, and Nissan GT-R style high-rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid. The NISMO 370Z does not adopt the new front fascia/rear reflector, Euro-tuned shocks or Midnight Blue exterior color.

"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.

As in 2012, the 2013 370Z Coupe and 370Z Coupe Touring will each be available with a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine and choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 370Z Roadster and 370Z Roadster Touring will be offered with the same engine but with the 6-speed manual offered only with the Touring model (the 7-speed automatic transmission is available with both).

The Nissan NISMO 370Z, a tuner-Z® enthusiast's dream, will once again cap off the lineup - offering racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels. Its 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine is matched with an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and optimized ECM (Engine Computer Module) control - creating 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. Only one transmission is available, a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with standard SynchroRev Match®, which allows rev-matched heel-toe-like downshifting.

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