The Chicago Auto Show continues as Nissan has taken the wraps off the 370Z NISMO Roadster concept.

The Chicago Auto Show continues as Nissan has taken the wraps off the 370Z NISMO Roadster concept.

Designed to gauge the interest in a 370Z NISMO Roadster, the concept features an aggressive front bumper, revised side skirts and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. The model also has LED daytime running lights, red accents and 19-inch forged aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires.

The sporty styling continues in the cabin as there's two-tone Recaro sport seats, red contrast stitching and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. Other notable highlights include revised instrumentation, a Bose audio system and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display.

Power is provided by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 350 bhp (261 kW) and 276 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching and a manual shift mode.

Speaking of performance, the concept also has a strut tower brace, high-performance brakes and a limited-slip rear differential. There's also a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars.

According to Nissan North America Vice President of Product Planning, Pierre Loing, "The idea of adding NISMO levels of look, feel and performance to a Nissan 370Z Roadster is one that we've been considering for a long time." He went on to say "The creation of the Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster concept brings that idea to life and lets us judge consumer reaction – which we predict is going to be outstanding."

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