The Rising Sun’s Purist Machines….following Euro Trends!?

WHy the SOFT TOP BRO!?

The largest North American Auto Show is happening this weekend, compiling new models that were released at the International Auto Show in Detroit to brand new concepts that are being conjured up.

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One concept that hasn’t caught me by surprise is Nissans 370z Nismo model. Last year it got a revision around the same time as the Nissan GTR with its first ever automatic option. Now they released a new “concept” of a convertible version focused with the automatic transmission. Anyways, I saw this coming a mile away as its a current trend with Euro models to make as many derivatives of their cars; just look at the M4 and M6 line up.

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The shift in Nissans executive structure might have an influence in the international decisions of their line ups, but I’m very surprised that this was even an option. I believe the Z replacement is long overdue and Nissan is trying to see what consumers would like in the next Z. Especially since the base 370z looked too dull until the Nismo edition came out.

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May this be the case, the Nismo 370z is supposed to be a “track ready car”, I think Nismo and Nissan can do better to make it more competitive with other models such as the upcoming M2, Subaru STI, and dare I say Porsche Cayman S. Whats stopping me from spending an extra 5-25k for some of these other models, besides reliability.

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Its supposed to be track focused, so why don’t they refine and shape the vehicle on what truly makes a great track/enthusiast car. Give it a significant diet, add more power and torque, and more custom options. Japanese auto makers have always made great manual gearboxes and I hope Nissan continues to do so. The sad news is that this car is a cost savings sports car, it shares so many parts with other Nissan line ups (Q50/G37) that a significant change to the Nismo edition could add costs in manufacturing, which isn’t a “profitable” move.

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Anyways I might also be biased, but I really think Nissan can get this right. With the upcoming Z most likely being a turbo I4, it will have to work even harder against its current competition and others that have been working that market for quite a while now.

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