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2013 Nissan 370Z Styling

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On the market since 2009, the Nissan 370Z is just about at the middle of its life cycle, and accordingly, Nissan has given it a mild aesthetic update, with a redesigned front end, a few tweaks at the rear, and the addition of LED daytime running lights.

The combined effect is subtle, but significant, updating the car's look with a hint of more modern, high-tech design, while keeping the bulk of the car's successful, sporty theme.

Three models of 370Z are available, the Coupe, the Roadster, and the NISMO. The Roadster looks much like the Coupe below the window line, but above it, a power-retracting soft top cuts a slightly different profile when raised, and opens the car up, accentuating the muscular flanks when tucked neatly beneath its hard tonneau cover.

The 2013 Nissan 370Z is freshened, but still retains the Z-car traits that make it instantly recognizable.

The NISMO is a racier, more obviously track-bound version of the 370Z, with larger wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, and unique aerodynamic effects that all give visual clues to its nature. While some will find the NISMO a bit over-the-top for daily use, as a weekend canyon-carver or track-day toy, its hotter, slightly boy-racer styling may be the perfect touch.

Inside, the 370Z's style is far more sophisticated than the spartan, minimalist 350Z, though familiar three-dot Z-car themes live on. While nothing in the cabin is ultra-modern or controversial in design, it also won't be mistaken for a retro throwback trying to leverage its past with cheesy, antiquated shapes or styles.

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