Nissan shows off a 400hp 370Z at SEMA

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by Vijay Pattni | Oct 30, 2018
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This isn’t a car, so much as it is a moving set of aftermarket pieces designed to show Nissan 370Z owners just how wild you can get. Welcome to Project Clubsport 23.

Of course, Nissan 370Z owners need no further explanation of just how tunable the big-hearted old bruiser is. We suspect they might not have realized just how orange they could make it.

Anyway, this one’s been fettled quite a bit. Nissan Motorsports and MA Motorsports used a 2012 370Z as a base for its SEMA show star, and swapped out the 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6 for a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 more commonly used by Infiniti. Here, it produces 400hp.

There’s a cold-air intake kit, motorsport blow-off valves, a bespoke dual-exhaust system, and upgrades to the factory cooling and steering systems. MA also developed a clutch disc, cover, and flywheel assembly in order to keep the Z’s six-speed manual gearbox intact. Difficult because that 3.0-liter twin-turbo is normally only mated to an automatic.

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There’s a two-way Nismo GT diff, Nismo discs and pads, stainless-steel brake lines, and more suspension goodies from Nissan’s fabled motorsport arm: new front and rear suspension components, a three-piece body brace, along with KW coilovers and Eibach rear springs.

Naturally, any modified 370Z needs proper wheels, and this one gets proper wheels. RAYS aluminum wheels, measuring 18 inches. Oh, and an orange body wrap, Sparco competition seats, Nismo body panels with many splitters, much carbon fiber, and even an air dam.

“Depending on interest levels,” we’re told, “Nissan Motorsports may offer a ‘builder’s kit’ that consists of hard parts and electrical components to assist customers with building their own ultimate track Z car.”

And that’s half the fun of something like this, right? Building your own mini-muscle car or track weapon using a proven base. What do you think of Nissan’s SEMA show effort?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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