The latest teaser Nissan showed us had an image of the snowy mountains with an audio of what we thought was the 370Z’s engine sound. To cap off the teaser, it was introduced as the 370Zki. Well, if you want to see this Nissan snowmobile for yourself, check out this two-door snowmobile at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. And before you get too excited, we will already tell you that this is not for sale.
Having said that, it does not mean that it is impossible for you to customize one, it’s just that it may be quite difficult and impractical. To do this, you will have to order tracks and skis from American Track Truck. And then a highly capable person should be able to attach it to a tiny sports car. That’s where it becomes tricky. For this unit, the entire driveline had to be scrapped.
This process involves lifting the car by three inches all around, which needed a custom lift kit. But even that was not enough space for the tracks that measure four feet on the ground. Of course, other necessary things like custom mounts for the rear springs, and three-inch wheel spacers were added to get the tracks away from the car. Both the exhaust and the brake lines were rerouted, while the rear wheel wells were modified so the tracks won’t chew up the body. All that change was just for the back.
The modifications done up front were not as tedious but the wheel well still required some lifting. Though the original hubs were retained, adapters were needed and more wheel spacers were needed to keep the skis apart. Of course, custom mounts were needed for the engine and transmission, while keeping ice chunks or other debris from damaging car parts underneath. Custom skid plates were also added.
As for the interior, the automaker did not provide us with images, so we are assuming that it will have the same features as the regular 370 Z model.
What powers the 370Zki is the same engine from the original model. That refers to a 332 horsepower (248 kilowatts) engine paired with a seven speed automatic transmission. We don’t know just how much heavier it is now after adding all the extra bits.
It’s not like top speed and cornering abilities really are our main issue. But can you imagine driving through snow covered trails and slopes? That would be pretty awesome. This is perfect for those -20 degree conditions, where there is no way for regular cars to drive up snow slopes.
At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the 370Zki will be on display alongside the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol SUV.