FROM a do-it-yourself Nissan 370Z muscle master to a travelling Nissan Kicks DJ booth, Nissan returns to the SEMA (the Speciality Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas with five diverse offerings.
For the 2018 edition of the world’s premier automotive products trade event, Nissan is showcasing the Nissan 370Z, the new Nissan Kicks subcompact SUV and Nissan TITAN full-size pickup – each highly modified for special tasks.
The full range of vehicles includes the Nissan Project Clubsport 23, an ongoing parts development platform based on the 370Z and built with ultimate goal of creating a vehicle that owners could duplicate themselves using Nissan Motorsports or aftermarket parts.
Utilising an older Nissan 370Z NISMO, the original 253kW 3.7-litre engine has been replaced by a factory fresh 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, rated at 295kW, while extensive enhancements were made to the suspension, steering, braking and cooling system.
Exterior and interior modifications include custom body panels and Gloss Burnt Orange body wrap, along with a full roll cage and diamond-pattern upholstery offering a contemporary throwback to the diamond pattern vinyl used in the original 240Z.
Joining the vibrant looking Z car is three-time Formula DRIFT Champion Chris Forsberg’s instantly recognisable Nissan 370Z, with a twin-turbo engine tucked under the carbon fiber body panels, this car is the essence of “show and go.”
The Kicks Sound Machine is another unique concept and was fabricated at Vehicle Effects in Hollywood and features a Bose Personal Plus sound system with eight speakers, including a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose UltraNearfield neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks’ driver’s seat head rest.
It was then kicked up a dozen or so gears to include eight Bose Virtually Invisible 791 speakers, custom built composite panel and speaker housing, three Bose F1 1,000W powered sub-woofers, and two Bose RoomMatch Utility RMU206 speakers.
The hidden speakers are revealed by a pneumatic roof panel, with one Bose PowerMatch PM8500 configurable amplifier, one Bose ControlSpace CC-64 controller, one Bose ControlSpace ESP-880 sound processor with Ethernet card, and three Bose Panaray MA12EX loudspeakers all stashed away, with some professional DJ equipment.
The final two vehicles are both Nissan Titan pickups, the first is a one-of-a-kind ultimate service vehicle, powered by a Cummins 5.0-litre V8 Turbo Diesel engine and configured for use by the American Red Cross.
The other Titan, was created to assist stranded animals in the wake of disaster. Known as PAWS ONE, it is built on a 2018 Nissan Titan XD Gas PRO-4X platform and makes its world debut at SEMA.
The vehicle was built in collaboration with Animal Rescue Rigs (ARR), a new animal rescue charity dedicated to providing support during and after natural disasters. PAWS ONE is slated for deployment under the name of PAWS TWO in 2019.
The SEMA Show starts today (US time), October 30, and runs through to November 2. It’s held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.