We all knew that Nissan would be dropping trou on its new NISMO Z and convertible 370Z Roadster at this week's New York Auto Show. What we didn't expect was an early shot of the 370Z in advance of the roadster's show debut.
In addition to these two early shots, we grabbed some live photos from Nissan's display over at New York's Morrell Wine Bar. We've also got plenty of video of the car from around the web. Nissan isn't doing an official press conference, but the Z roadster and NISMO-tuned coupe will be on the show floor tomorrow.
The important info: the new Z roadster has a fabric folding top, and shares nothing with the Infiniti G37 hardtop convertible. Like the new 2009 Nissan 370Z, it rides on a short-ish 100.4-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 167.2 inches. The drivetrain's shared with the 2009 370Z coupe--a 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 teams up with a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual gearbox that matches engine revs for better shifting. The rear-drive Roadster sports a one-step mechanism that lowers the top at the push of a button. A glass rear window is standard, as are high-intensity discharge headlamps and a wind deflector. Sport brakes are an option, along with Bluetooth, navigation system, XM satellite radio, aluminum pedals and a Bose audio system.
Nissan also showed off its in-house NISMO tuner version of the new 370Z coupe. The NISMO edition sees its power bumped to 350 horsepower, with a six-speed manual the sole transmission. The doors, hood and hatch are made from aluminum to cut weight, and the body wears aero add-ons to distinguish it from the base coupe. A tuned exhaust and a standard limited-slip differential team up with a NISMO-tweaked suspension and 19-inch wheels. Special gauges and red-stitched interior trim are the finishing touches inside the NISMO.
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