Nissan has said that the Z car is here to stay, but has given no indication of when the current already-long-in-the-tooth 370Z will end production or be replaced. As the two-seater sports coupe doesn’t really garner attention for the brand much anymore, they’ve had to spice it up a bit in order to get people into their booth at the highly-attended Chicago Auto Show.
Nissan will be showing this tank-treaded, 332-horsepower V6, convertible snow machine at the appropriately snowy Chicago Auto Show later this month. Outside of some minor adaptations to make the car fit the treads on the back and the skis on the front, the roadster has been optimized for the high ride height, the drivetrain mounts have been modified, and the car has received a bright and eye-catchy vinyl wrap. The majority of the car remains stock, though a skid plate has been fitted.
Does this project signal anything for the future of Nissan or the Z-car? Not really. Is this car cool as hell and something I want to get behind the wheel of? You bet it is.