Nissan 370Zki revealed in Chicago : Snowmobile with an open-top twist

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The one-off Nissan 370Zki has been revealed for the 2018 Chicago motor show, continuing a line of purpose-built concepts by the Japanese brand.

Pronounced “370-ski”, the snowmobile is based on the 370Z Roadster, sporting eye-catching orange and yellow body work – supplied by Icon Image Graphics – along with front skis and rear snow tracks.

The massive ‘Dominator’ tracks have been supplied by American Track Truck Inc., which required the vehicle’s entire drivetrain to be removed before installation.

In order to accomodate the rear tracks and front skis, a custom lift kit was installed, making the 370Zki three inches (76mm) higher off the ground than the standard car.

Other modifications include rerouted brake lines and a modified exhaust system – just so it could fit underneath the vehicle – while the rear wheel arches were also fettled with to allow for the four-foot long snow tracks.

The front suspension has also been modified to accommodate the higher ride height, and adaptors have been fitted to allow for “appropriate” levels of rotation and travel for the front skis.

Nissan has tinted the headlights yellow, claimed to resemble ski goggles, while a custom skid plate up front protects from underbody damage “during snow excursions”.

“The Nissan 370Zki continues our recent tradition of bringing imaginative winter vehicle concepts to the Chicago Auto Show,” said Michael Bunce, vice president for product planning at Nissan North America.

Nissan 370Zki revealed in Chicago

“Prior to its debut here in Chicago, we put the 370Zki through its paces on the slopes in Wyoming where its performance heritage really came through.”

“It’s also fun to shake things up with something totally unexpected once in a while – and that’s the Nissan 370Zki,” he added.

Under the bonnet is the same 3.7-litre V6 as the standard car, developing 245kW of power and 363Nm of torque.

Nissan’s previous purpose-built efforts include the 2016 ‘Warrior’ snowmobile and the military-style Rogue Trail Warrior, both based on the US-market Rogue (X-Trail) SUV.

The Chicago motor show runs from February 10-19.

(caradvice.com.au, https://goo.gl/NLz6m7)

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