Nissan 370Z Nismo revealed

5 Mar, 2013 1:20pm Jack Rix

The 370Z Nismo gets an extra 16bhp, firmer suspension and a bodykit

This is the Nissan 370Z Nismo coupe, which has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. It's the second instalment in its series of hot Nismo models and produces a total of 339bhp from its 3.7-litre V6 (16bhp more than the standard car). The 370Z Nismo will go on sale in the UK and across Europe from June.

We've already driven the 197bhp Nissan Juke Nismo, and the 370Z sticks to a similar formula with more power, firmer chassis settings and significantly redesigned bodywork. It's not the first 370Z Nismo to be launched - a version of this car is already sold in Japan and America, but this new version has been specifically developed to suit the European market.

The extra power cuts the 0-62mph time by 0.1 seconds to 5.2 seconds, while the suspension is 15 to 20 per cent stiffer and has been lowered by 10mm compared to the standard 370Z. At the rear, a sports exhaust will improve the 370Z's sound, plus the unique 19-inch alloys are wrapped in wider tyres designed specifically for this car by Bridgestone.

All the bodywork has been designed with aerodynamics rather than style in mind; at high speeds it produces as much downforce as a GT-R. Like the Juke Nismo, the front and rear bumpers are highlighted with a red pinstripe, while bigger exhaust pipes, lower side sills, a wild rear spoiler and a diffuser finish off the motorsport-inspired makeover.

On the inside there are even more similarities to the Juke Nismo, with an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, sculpted sports seats embossed with the Nismo logo and a predominantly black colour scheme with flashes of red.

For now at least, the 370Z Nismo will be offered only as a coupe with a six-speed manual gearbox, a decision Nismo's chief product specialist, Hiroshi Tamura explained: "Paddle shift is useful in very quick cars like the GT-R - the 370Z Nismo is not a time-chaser, it's all about getting the driver to converse with the car."