What is it?
This is the Nismo version of the Nissan 370Z coupé. Rather than simply being a collection of aftermarket parts, the Nismo Zed is a complete factory-built car, available only as a coupé and with a manual gearbox.
Its chief differences over the regular car are a touch more power (now 345bhp) and torque (276lb ft) from a new ECU and freer-flowing exhaust, plus substantially revised spring and damper settings.
It also looks quite different, with new bumpers, a bigger wing and broader tyres. The appeal, or otherwise, of the more extrovert styling is subjective, but I reckon it suits the 370Z shape and gives it something of a junior GT-R look. Inside, there is a more thinly padded steering wheel, different pedals and manually adjusted sports seats.
What’s it like?
What the Nismo modifications don’t address is the Zed’s lack of refinement. The rear damping force is more than twice as strong, which makes the ride firm, if not to the point of being harsh.
The flipside of the significantly stiffer set-up is a serious ramp-up in enjoyment. The Nismo turns more keenly and the front end bites more strongly, reducing the tendency for the front end to push wide through faster corners.