Nissan has taken the covers of its concepts stars for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show with two very different interpretations of the winter sports theme.
The obvious choice is a jacked up version of the Armada, which sells in Australia as the Patrol, called - funnily enough - the Snow Patrol. The less obvious concept though is a tracked version of the 370Z Roadster.
Dubbed the 370Zki (rest easy, it’s simply pronounced “370 Ski”), the one-off creation has been turned into a snowmobile thanks to the addition of a set of Dominator Tracks at the rear and a set of front skis courtesy of American Track Truck, Inc.
To make the unusual conversion possible the entire drivetrain was removed, including the Zki’s 245kW 3.7-litre V6 engine and seven-speed auto, a three-inch lift kit was added, and custom work was carried out on the brake lines, exhaust, and rear wheel wells to ensure everything fits properly.
The exterior was left unchanged save for a lairly custom wrap.
For the more pragmatic, the Armada Snow Patrol is the more sensible of Nissan’s concept pair, taking a fairly standard Patrol 4x4 but adding a list of off-road and snow-ready gear ideal for winter conditions.
The Snow Patrol is fitted out with a two inch front and one inch rear lift kit, 20-inch wheels shod in 35-inch Pro Comp MT2 extreme off-road tyres, and a high-clearance front bumper equipped with 5.5-tonne winch and LED light bar.
There’s also wider wheel arch mouldings, side steps, a roof carrier (with an extra pair of LED light bars), a custom leather interior and a geometric body wrap to match the 370Zki.
Neither of Nissan’s concept pair has any chance of being rolled (or skied) into showrooms, but with a big enough budget you too could have a 370Z snowmobile with the help of aftermarket suppliers - provided you have a strong resistance to the cold.
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