Displaying a bit more visual flash as well as a handful of functional enhancements, the 2013 Nissan 370Z made its debut appearance in Chicago. Returning for 2013 in the existing Coupe, Roadster and Nismo Z configurations, this tastefully refined version of the iconic Z-Car goes on sale in June. While Nissan execs didn't reveal pricing or several other details at this preview, they did outline all of the key changes we'll see when the car does hit U.S. showrooms.

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Save for the addition of Magma Red and Midnight Blue to its exterior palette, the most visible variations on the existing 370Z theme include a restyled front fascia that gains a strip of vertical LED running lights flanking its grille and a red reflector on the rear fascia that replaces the current black center trim element. Beyond that, the 2013 370Z Coupe also gets new 18-inch alloy wheels. Both Coupe and Roadster models fitted with the optional Sport Package also feature restyled 19-inch alloy wheels and red-finished brake calipers. On a functional front, Sport-spec cars receive new Euro-turned shock absorbers.

Both the Coupe and Roadster will continue to be available in base and Touring trim grades, all sharing the existing 322-horsepower/3.7-liter V6 engine. The Coupes can be had with a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed automatic, but on the Roadster front, only the Touring variant can be had with the shift-for-yourself gearbox.

Although the NISMO 370Z doesn't get the cosmetic changes its baseline brethren receive, this tuner-inspired variant does sport new premium gun-metallic dark-finish 19-inch alloy wheel wheels. Its stouter 350-horse V6 engine, close-ratio six-speed manual shifter and competition-inspired body bits and track-ready suspension tuning carry over as well, but new high-rigidity GT-R style brake lines and high-performance fluid promise to add even more confidence and consistency to its already superb stopping power. On the creature-feature front, the NISMO 370Z also gains a new Bose Premium Audio Package with two additional speakers and two subwoofers.


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