Nissan returns to SEMA with five unique vehicles

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Words: Robert Barry
30 Oct 2018

From a do-it-yourself 370Z muscle master to a Nissan Kicks DJ booth, Nissan is returning to the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas with five uniquely diverse vehicles

It is showcasing the 370Z, the all-new Kicks subcompact SUV and Titan pickup – each highly modified for specialty tasks ranging from motorsports to public service.

Celebrating the iconic 370Z, the Nissan Project Clubsport 23 is an ongoing parts development platform built with ultimate goal of creating a vehicle that owners could duplicate themselves using Nissan Motorsports or aftermarket parts.

Starting with an older Nissan 370Z NISMO, the original 253kW 3.7-litre engine was replaced by a new 3-litre twin-turbo V6 rated at 295kW.

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.

Topping off the project are NISMO-branded RAYS cast aluminum-alloy 18x10.5-inch wheels and Hankook RS4 285/35R18 high performance tyres.

Three-time Formula DRIFT Champion Chris Forsberg's instantly recognisable Nissan 370Z is also taking time off the racing circuit to make an appearance at the Nissan SEMA display.

With a twin-turbo VQ engine tucked under the carbon fibre body panels, this car is the essence of show and go.

The Nissan Kicks SUV Sound Machine was fabricated at Vehicle Effects in Hollywood. It made its debut at the BET Awards in Los Angeles in July.

The project includes the Kicks' Bose Personal Plus sound system with eight speakers and proprietary Bose signal processing and a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose UltraNearfield neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks' driver's seat headrest.

This sound machine on wheels is built off of the all-new Nissan Kicks SR and is powered by a 1.6 litre four cylinder engine.

To kick things up a notch, builders added Eight Bose Virtually Invisible 791 speakers, custom built composite panel and speaker housing. In addition there are three Bose F1 1000W powered subwoofers, and two Bose RoomMatch Utility RMU206 speakers as well as hidden speakers revealed by a pneumatic roof panel.

The vehicle is also fitted with with a Bose PowerMatch PM8500 configurable amplifier, a Bose ControlSpace CC-64 controller, and a Bose ControlSpace ESP-880 sound processor with ethernet card.

In addition there are three Bose Panaray MA12EX loudspeakers, pneumatically-controlled speakers hidden under the vehicle, professional disk jockeying equipment, including articulating rear drawer (reveals DJ controls), one Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 DJ Mixer, two CDJ-2000NXS2 Pro-DJ multiplayers and the vehicle sits on custom 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

The unique Nissan Ultimate Service Titan started life as a Titan XD Midnight Edition Crew Cab powered by a Cummins 5.0 litre V8 Turbo Diesel engine.

It was transformed into a mobile response unit built to serve in collaboration with the American Red Cross in South Florida. A B&S Customising Lightweight Bed Box highlights a long list of features included on this first response vehicle.

Created to assist stranded animals in the wake of disaster, Paws One is a 2018 Nissan Titan XD Gas Pro-4X animal rescue vehicle making its 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. Once in service, Paws Two is intended to be operated by skilled search and rescue staff along with experts trained to operate specialised vehicles.

The 2018 SEMA Show runs from October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

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