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June 24, 2013

NISSAN RELEASES FAIRLADY Z NISMO AND INTRODUCES MARCH NISMO

YOKOHAMA, Japan (June 24, 2013) Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the launch of the Fairlady Z Nismo*1, which goes on sale today at Nissan dealers throughout Japan. Nissan will also start taking orders today for the March Nismo*1 that will go on sale in December at Nissan dealers nationwide in Japan.

Fairlady Z Nismo

Fairlady Z Nismo

March Nismo "Nismo S"

March Nismo "Nismo S"

In January 2013, the Juke Nismo was released as the first model in Nismo's new brand strategy that emphasizes premium high-performance sports vehicles. The Fairlady Z Nismo and March Nismo will join the Juke Nismo as the second and third models, respectively, in the revitalized Nismo stable. The Fairlady Nismo and March Nismo feature exclusive styling that embraces the longstanding racing philosophy of form following function. Both models have numerous motorsports-inspired technologies injected into the car's aerodynamics, suspension and powertrain, creating a well-balanced machine that is at home on both the road and track.

Building on the original Fairlady Z's high level of driving performance, the Fairlady Z Nismo enhances the popular sports car's dynamics by way of new aero parts with improved aerodynamics. As a result, Nismo has created a sports car with better performance and instant gratification behind the steering wheel. Engine output has been increased, thanks to a special dual exhaust system with equal-length exhaust manifolds and a new ECM (tuning computer). Visually, the car's exterior and interior design have been executed with the same Nismo spirit that has defined the brand for decades, highlighted by a unique paint scheme for the exterior, and an Alcantara®-covered steering wheel (with red stitching and a red center position mark) and red tachometer with the ‘nismo' logo inside the sheet metal.

Highlights of the Fairlady Z Nismo include:

  • Custom exterior and interior enhancements with motorsports-inspired technology and a design motif embodying the Nismo spirit.
  • Enhanced sporty driving experience thanks to improved aerodynamics and increased engine output.
  • Better cornering performance with excellent stability by way of a custom-tuned suspension system, sportier tires, increased body rigidity, upgraded brakes and a specially-tuned powertrain.
Fairlady Z Nismo <MSRP (sales tax included)> (Currency: Japanese Yen)  
Drivetrain Engine Grade Transmission Price  
2WD VQ37VHR
[Nismo special tuning]
Nismo 6MT 5,218,500  
7M-ATx 5,323,500  
6MT: 6-speed manual transmission
7M-ATx: 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode

The March Nismo, offered in two grades, combines head-turning Nismo styling with excellent on-road performance. The car will appeal to motorsports enthusiasts as well as a wider range of customers who desire a car with a sporty nature wrapped in an efficient and affordable package. Of note, the March Nismo features the company's aerodynamic technology that has been honed through the Nissan GT-R's involvement in the Super GT Series, Japan's top road racing series. Thanks to the refined exterior, the March Nismo achieves zero lift, resulting in improved road -holding ability and increased driving stability. Two trim levels will be offered: the base March Nismo and the March Nismo S. The base March Nismo is intended for customers who are environmentally and financially conscious—the fuel economy is equivalent to that of the stock Nissan March—while wanting to make a sporty statement through the car's enhanced exterior, which boasts improved aerodynamic performance. The upgrade model March Nismo S will appeal to driving enthusiasts who appreciate the values of motorsports-inspired technology and added performance via more power and superior handling.

Highlights of March Nismo include:

  • Motorsports-inspired technologies, highlighted by a specially-tuned suspension system that provides excellent handling, better overall agility and increased driving pleasure than the stock March. A custom exterior design with improved aerodynamic performance and dedicated interior.
    Two grades are offered:
  • The base March Nismo, based on the original X grade with a 1.2L gasoline engine with the Idling Stop system and XTRONIC CVT.
  • The performance-oriented March Nismo S, equipped with a specially-tuned 1.5L gasoline engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and featuring enhanced body rigidity.
March Nismo <MSRP (sales tax included)> (Currency: Japanese Yen)  
Drivetrain Engine Grade Transmission Price  
2WD HR12DE Nismo XTRONIC CVT 1,540,350  
HR15DE
[Nismo S special tuning]
Nismo S 5MT 1,770,300 ☆Photo
XTRONIC CVT: Continuously Variable Transmission
5MT:5-speed manual transmission

<Fairlady Z Nismo Vehicle Outline>
Based on the original Fairlady Z's high level of driving performance, the Fairlady Nismo takes the experience one step further by incorporating the following equipment:

Main special equipment
○ Aerodynamic design and custom exterior with red accents

  • Special front bumper *
  • Special door mirrors
  • Special side sill protectors
  • Special rear bumper and rear fog lamps
  • Special rear spoiler
  • Special fender molding (front and rear)
  • Nismo badges (front and rear)
  • Four available exterior colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Brilliant Silver, Diamond Black and Vibrant Red

* Front LED hyper daytime running lights are not installed.

○ Custom interior that makes the driver feel like part of the vehicle

  • Special combination seats made with genuine leather and suede-like fabric (with ‘nismo' logo and red stitching)
  • Alcantara®-covered steering wheel with three spokes (featuring a red center mark and red stitching)
  • Special genuine leather shift knob (smooth leather)
  • Special console boot (with red stitching)
  • Special door trim (with red stitching)
  • Special serial number plate
  • Special instrument cluster (with ‘nismo' logo, red tachometer dial and 280-km/h speedometer)
  • Special instrument upper box (with red stitching)
  • Special knee cushion pads for the driver and passenger (with red stitching)

○ Specially-tuned powertrain with increased power output

  • Special full dual exhaust system with equal-length exhaust manifolds / special tuning computer (ECM) <Maximum power output: 261kW (355PS)>
  • Special engine cover
  • Manual transmission with synchronized rev control (only on 6-speed manual transmission model)

○ Sporty customized chassis that enhances the fun of driving

  • Customized suspension system (springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars)
  • Special highly-rigid compression rod bushings
  • Rays special forged aluminum-alloy wheels (with ‘nismo' logo, dark metallic coating)
  • Special Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires (front: 245/40R19, rear: 285/35R19)
  • Special high-rigid brake hose
  • High-performance brake fluid
  • Four-wheel aluminum-caliper opposed-piston brakes
  • Special vehicle speed-sensing power steering system

○ Increased body rigidity

  • Special strut tower bar (with ‘nismo' logo)
  • Special front member brace
  • Special under-luggage brace
  • Special rear under-floor V-bar
  • Special Yamaha performance dampers (front and rear)

<March Nismo Vehicle Outline>
Available in two trim levels, the March Nismo offers something for everybody, with the base car stressing the joys of city driving, while the performance-oriented Nismo S caters to the more spirited driver. The March Nismo has the following equipment:

Main customized equipment used for both Nismo and Nismo S
○ Motorsports-inspired aerodynamic design and custom exterior with the red accents
Nismo's aerodynamic technology that has been honed through the Nissan GT-R's involvement in the Super GT Series, Japan's top road racing series, is featured in the March Nismo. Thus, the March Nismo achieves zero lift, resulting in improved road holding ability and increased driving stability.

  • Special front bumper with the edge of the center part of the front spoiler raised to catch the wind and generate downforce
  • Special roof spoiler with optimized length and angle (with High Mount Stop Lamp) and special rear bumper with an optimized shape that reduces air resistance
  • Special front grille
  • Nismo badges (front and rear)
  • Special fender molding (front and rear)
  • Special side sill protectors
  • Signature red door mirrors (linked to the door locks)
  • Black-out door sash
  • LED hyper daytime running lights (position lamp-linked)
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Privacy glass
  • Three available exterior colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Brilliant Silver and Pure Black

○ Interior

  • Alcantara®-covered steering wheel with red center mark with which the center position can be recognized at first sight. (with red stitching)
  • Nismo badge (center cluster)

○ Chassis, tires and customized suspension
The March Nismo's chassis is balanced to suit aggressive driving styles as well as around-the-town commuting. It features an enhanced steering feel and a lightweight body that enables precise cornering, as well as a suspension system that has been tuned to provide both glued-to-the-ground handling and a supple ride quality.

  • Carefully-tuned special suspension (spring and shock absorber)
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • Special Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires (205/45R16)
  • Special vehicle speed-sensing electric power steering with optimized assist

○ Others

  • Ozone-safe full-auto air conditioner
  • Auto light system
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Nismo customized equipment (in addition to common equipment above)

  • Special exhaust finisher

Nismo S customized equipment (in addition to common equipment above)
○ Exterior

  • Nismo S badges (front and rear)

○ Custom interior that makes the driver feel like part of the vehicle
The seats are upholstered with a special design and cloth that support an environment where one can concentrate on sporty driving. The color combination of black with the red accents placed throughout the cabin creates a sense of unity and a high-quality feel for the cockpit.

  • Special sport bucket seat with non-slip suede-like cloth, providing comfort and securing the driver (with ‘nismo' logo and the red stitching)
  • Special instrument cluster (with 220-km/h) including tachometer with red dial and a ‘nismo' logo
  • Special shift knob and shift boot (with red stitching)
  • Special Piano-black-colored finisher (shift knob, air-conditioner intake, front power window switch bases)
  • Special aluminum accelerator, brake and clutch pedals
  • Special aluminum footrest (with ‘nismo' logo)

○ Powertrain and customized suspension
With the know-how gained in motorsports, best-in-class performance is achieved. The car has a flat, linear torque delivery over a wide band starting from low rpm. This allows ease of handling in city driving, while offering the high level of engine performance expected from a compact hot hatch.

  • A 1.5-liter gasoline engine with displacement increased from the base Nissan March engine (HR15DE), specially tuned by Nismo S. With an extra 27 kW (37 PS) of power and 50 Nm (5.1 kgf/m) of torque, the engine produces 85 kW (116 PS) and 156 Nm (15.9 kfg/m).
  • 5-speed manual transmission that can freely manage engine power
  • Special tuning computer (ECM)
  • Special exhaust system
  • Customized suspension (stabilizer)
  • Special brake system
  • Quick steering gear ratio

○ Strengthened body rigidity

  • Special front suspension member stay
  • Special tunnel stay
  • Special rear suspension stay
  • Special tail crossbar

About Nismo

  • Nismo, a short form of “Nissan Motorsports", is the performance brand for Nissan, and is one of the company's purveyors of innovation and excitement.
  • Nismo offers products featuring innovative technology and high performance to a wide range of customers for street use. Nismo cars provide exciting driving experiences with motorsports-inspired aerodynamics and styling, enhanced handling characteristics and unmatched agility.
  • In the motorsports world, Nismo competes in the highest forms of GT and sports-car racing, such as Japan's Super GT Series and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), as well as providing engines to teams that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). In 2012, the Nissan GT-R captured the Super GT championship for the second straight year.
  1. *1: Autech Japan is responsible for the production of Fairlady Z NISMO and March NISMO/NISMO S, which require vehicle registration in person.

For further information on Fairlady Z NISMO
web brochure

For further information on March NISMO
web brochure

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

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