After skipping class the day Nissan updated the rest of the 370Z lineup for 2013 and sailing through the past year with no changes, the 370Z NISMO finally is being updated for 2014. With the new Juke NISMO essentially defibrillating Nissan’s NISMO performance brand in the U.S., the automaker must have decided it needed to update its existing NISMO-badged 370Z to match. Thus, the 2014 370Z NISMO arrives this summer with a few minor cosmetic tweaks that bring it in line with the smaller, taller, frog-faced Juke NISMO alongside which it is being revealed at the 2013 Chicago auto show.
Some Stripes Here, Some Stripes There
The key to the 370Z NISMO’s update is the application of dark gray paint to its front spoiler, rocker panel extensions, rear bumper, side mirrors, and rear wing. The gray items (except for the side sills) are accented with red pinstriping, just like the similarly painted pieces on the Juke NISMO. Until now, the 370Z NISMO’s body was pretty much a monochromatic affair. Inside, Nissan swapped the steering wheel for a new one wrapped in faux suede and fitted a new, red-colored NISMO tachometer.
The new duds suit the 370Z NISMO well—especially the dark-colored lower-body pieces, which reduce the visual mass of the car’s fairly ridiculous-looking body kit. (Nissan says the extended front bumper with a fully integrated chin spoiler—the NISMO is 6.2 inches longer than a regular Z—improves aerodynamic performance; we think it just looks odd and a bit too Fast and Furious.) The subtle red pinstripes also add a bit of visual pop and convey notions of sportiness.
Otherwise, the 370Z NISMO enters the 2014 model year with the same 350-hp 3.7-liter V-6, 19-inch Rays forged-aluminum wheels, stiffened suspension, NISMO big-brake kit, six-speed manual transmission, and cannon-sized exhaust outlets as it had last year. To recap, the 18-hp difference between the NISMO and the regular 370Z is attributable to the NISMO’s unique exhaust system and tweaked ECU. We last tested a 370Z NISMO back in 2009—the 2014 model is mechanically identical to the 2009 version—and found it to be appropriately more engaging and sporty than lesser Zs, but also that its track-car pretense significantly narrows its appeal.
The NISMO Z also carries over its relatively barren list of standard and optional features; a four-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, and Nissan’s Intelligent Key proximity key with pushbutton start are included. The only option is a Bose package that adds an in-dash six-CD changer, two speakers and two subwoofers, Bluetooth, and a HomeLink garage-door opener.
For buyers who must have the ultimate Z, the search pretty much starts and ends with the NISMO. Pricing for the freshened model has not yet been released, but the 2013 car carried a hefty premium over its more-sedate siblings. We don’t expect that disparity to shrink, so for non-NISMOheads, we’d suggest sticking with either the regular Z or checking out the (similarly priced and V-8–powered) Ford Mustang GT or Chevrolet Camaro SS.
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2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe Press Kit: Overview
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2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe Overview
Following extensive enhancements for the 2013 model year, which included a revised front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights, new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and available Euro-tuned sport shock absorbers, changes to the iconic Nissan 370Z Coupe for 2014 are relegated to the 370Z NISMO model.
The 370Z NISMO, which is joined in 2014 by a new JUKE NISMO as part of an expanding NISMO lineup, features a number of changes designed to up the car's already strong visual impact. On the 370Z NISMO exterior, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer. For complete information on the 2014 370Z NISMO, please see NissanNews.com for full information).
As in previous years, the Nissan 370Z Coupe remains one of the most vibrant and dynamic sports cars available in North America, as well as one of the best performance values – with a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine and choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the special 370Z NISMO, it is available in two models – 370Z Coupe and 370Z Coupe Touring.
A Sculptural Yet Functional Exterior Design
The 2014 370Z Coupe's dynamic styling offers dual benefits – an aggressive appearance and a light, highly rigid structure for enhanced performance. The taut exterior design incorporates intentional 240Z styling cues, a sleek aerodynamic shape, a "dynamic motion" feel with a dramatic cantilevered roof and a "low visual gravity."
The 370Z Coupe's FM platform provides a refined foundation for the well-proportioned body, with a 100.4-inch wheelbase, 167.2-inch overall length, 72.6-inch width and 51.8-inch height, giving it a classic sports car look and feel. The body features aluminum door panels, along with an all-aluminum hood and an aluminum hatch. A front suspension cradle, rear structural reinforcements and an underbody "V-bar" are designed to help reduce front and rear lateral bending (versus the previous generation design). The design also uses a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthened rear fender and hatch areas.
The sleek silhouette is defined by its upswept quarter window design that is echoed by the dynamic upward curvature in the lower rocker panel and the sense of the taut sheet metal molding itself around the wheels and frame. Another distinctive feature of the bold exterior design is the headlight/taillight treatment, which features a fierce "boomerang" shape. High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights with auto on/off feature with LED daytime running lamps are standard.
The intense broad-shouldered rear shape is highlighted by the integration of the boomerang taillights and wide, flared rear fenders. Attention to detail and functionality is evident throughout the exterior design, including a flashing (repeater lamp) side marker lamp/emblem. The rear fascia is accented by a red rear center reflector.
The coefficient of drag is 0.30 and 0.29 with the Sport Package. The 370Z also provides zero front lift and zero rear lift when equipped with the rear spoiler, thanks to extensive aerodynamics efforts – including an "inverse area" front bumper design which smoothes the flow of air to the sides of the vehicle, while the rear design maximizes the control of air flow from the roof to the rear hatch. Performance body pieces are available as part of the optional Sport Package, including a front chin spoiler and rear spoiler.
The 2014 370Z is offered in eight exterior colors: Pearl White, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Black Cherry, Midnight Blue and Magma Red.
A Cockpit Equipped To Make Car and Driver Feel Like One
The interior of the 370Z Coupe continues the longstanding Z® tradition of enhancing driving pleasure. The traditional 2-seat layout is built around a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length center console separating the driver and passenger's seat. The design focus incorporates a "layer concept," with an information layer, an operation layer and a holding layer.
The information layer provides good visibility with easy access to all key data. The gauges are attached to the steering column, so the driver doesn't have to choose between their preferred steering wheel position and visibility of the gauges. The large upper steering wheel opening in front of the gauges is designed to provide a good view of the readouts. The instrument panel retains the traditional 3-pod cluster with oil temperature, voltmeter and clock, while the speedometer and tachometer include an "initial sweep" function, coming alive when the Z® is first started.
The operation layer includes the steering wheel, shifter and switchgear. The steering wheel is an "oval" 3-spoke design, which offers baseball-style stitching and large thumb grips and palm rest areas for improved feel on long drives. The surface of the leather-wrapped wheel is "shaved" to provide a more kidney-like shape to better fit in the hand. The manual transmission shifter is padded in different areas to improve the accuracy of diagonal shifts and to feel softer in the hand for forward and backward motions.
The holding layer includes the seats, knee pads and door trim support. The driver's seat is uniquely different from the passenger's seat, with lower seat cushion cut-outs on the sides where the thighs rest – allowing the driver to push on the pedals without the seat fighting them. The seat frame is constructed to help hold the driver in place during cornering. Both the driver and passenger's seats are structured with an anti-slip material in the main seating surface.
The sporty woven cloth seats feature standard 8-way driver's/4-way passenger manual adjustments, with heated 4-way power-adjustable leather-appointed seats standard with the 370Z Touring model. Adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints are also standard.
The door armrests have been designed to provide extra support when cornering and the kneepads are integrated to help the driver maintain the proper position while cornering.
The interior features standard Black cloth. Nissan 370Z Touring models include a choice of Gray, Black or Persimmon leather-appointed and synthetic suede seating. Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature, a center console box with a non-intrusive cover design, automatic climate control, rear window defroster with timer, two 12-volt power outlets, three cupholders, dual overhead map lights and a AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.
The 370Z Touring model adds standard 4-way power adjustable heated leather-appointed and synthetic suede sport seats with adjustable lumbar support, 6CD Bose® audio system with eight speakers (includes dual subwoofer) and MP3/WMA playback, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, auto-dimming mirror, aluminum-trimmed pedals and retractable cargo cover.
Also available is the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, USB connectivity and iPodâ connection, NavTrafficâ with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), automatic phonebook download (select phones), Bluetoothâ Streaming Audio and RearView Monitor.
The Pure Performance of a 332-horsepower V6
All 370Z Coupes utilize the fourth generation of Nissan's award-winning VQ-series V6. The 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) is rated at 332 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. Key to the outstanding performance is the VVEL system, which is able to optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time.
Since the VVEL system can adjust to open the valves slightly, it improves fuel efficiency by reducing camshaft friction and fuel waste. It also provides cleaner emissions by allowing for quicker warm-up of the catalyst and by stabilizing combustion when the engine is cool.
The engine is backed by a choice of two advanced transmissions, both designed to improve driver performance. The close-ratio 6-speed manual includes an available synchronized downshift rev matching system, which allows drivers of any skill level to experience professional-like gearshift performance. The SynchroRev Match® function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the exact speed of the next gear position, essentially "blipping" the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical "shock" when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own. The SynchroRev Match® system is offered as part of the optional Sport Package.
The 370Z's 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) is designed to offer quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode with a target time of 0.5 seconds between shifts. Drivers can also use the standard paddle shifters or the shift lever. With optimized torque converter lock-up logic, the 7-speed automatic feels very direct, like a manual transmission. The 7-speed's wide gear ratios offer improved fuel efficiency (versus a 5-speed automatic), while the Adaptive Shift Control is designed to adjust to the driver's driving style. Fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 7-speed automatic and 18 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway for the 6-speed manual transmission.
The double-wishbone front suspension uses lightweight forged aluminum arms, a lightweight rigid aluminum-alloy cradle, and hollow construction stabilizer bar. The independent multi-link rear suspension is also stiffer and lighter than the previous generation design, with the rear cradle entirely integrated into a single part (no welding).
"High response" shock absorbers are utilized on each corner, with ride comfort enhanced through reduced shock friction, with Euro-tuned shocks available with the Sport Package.
The standard 370Z wheel and tire package features 18x8.0-inch front/18x9.0-inch 5-spoke lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/50R18 front/245/45R18 rear Yokohama ADVAN Sport high performance summer tires. Also available, as part of the optional Sport Package, are 19-inch RAYS forged lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires.
The Z®'s standard 4-wheel vented disc brake system includes Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The optional Sport Package includes Nissan Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors (versus 12.6-inch front/ rear standard rotors) with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminum red-finish calipers.
Steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion design that provides improved response. Unwanted steering kickback and vibrations are reduced through use of a solenoid valve that acts like a damper when there is a harsh impact load. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard.
The Nissan 370Z's long list of standard safety and security features includes the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted side-impact air bags; seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, Active Head Restraints, Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The 2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe model line-up consists of two models – 370Z and the 370Z Touring – both offered with manual or automatic transmissions. Just two options are offered, the Sport Package and Navigation Package.
The Sport Package includes Viscous Limited-Slip Differential, 19-inch RAYS super lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires, Nissan Sport Brakes, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, Euro-tuned shock absorbers and SynchroRev Match® (MT only).
The Navigation option includes hard drive-based navigation system with 7.0-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, USB connectivity, iPod® connection and RearView Monitor.
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2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO Overview
Following a number of significant enhancements just last year, including the addition of a revised front fascia with LED daytime running lights, the 2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster once again offers the exhilaration of pure open-air motoring – along with an unmatched balance of dynamic performance, sculptured styling, innovative technology and exceptional value.
As in previous years, every 2014 370Z Roadster features a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) and a choice of 7-speed automatic transmission or close-ratio 6-speed manual with available SynchroRev Match® (370Z Roadster Touring with Sport Package only).
While based on the foundation of the Nissan 370Z Coupe, the Z® Roadster offers a number of unique features, including available high back net seats, added structural body reinforcements (compared to the 370Z Coupe) and the stylish convertible top. The 370Z Roadster's standard power automatic latching top was designed with an emphasis on providing a sleek silhouette with the top up or down, offering easy single-action open-close operation, and providing an enjoyable top-down experience with reduced wind turbulence and all-climate driver/passenger comfort.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z is also available in two hardtop models: the 370Z Coupe and the 370Z NISMO. For information on those vehicles, please see NissanNews.com.
An Authentic Roadster
The 2014 370Z Roadster once again combines the legendary high-value performance attributes of the 370Z Coupe with the added exhilaration of a classic convertible sports car. The 370Z Roadster's roof is designed to match the Coupe's stunning styling, while offering an easy, single-action open-close operation.
The quiet, all-weather cloth top provides an enjoyable top-down experience with reduced wind turbulence and all-climate driver/passenger comfort. With the convertible top in the closed position, the design provides a sophisticated sloped-back appearance, the perfect balance between the soft top and the Z® body design. The shortened windshield and aerodynamically rounded rear deck enhance the Z®'s kinetic and dynamic character lines. When in the down position, the convertible top is concealed beneath a full body-color hard tonneau cover, which extends forward to help create the Z® Roadster's classic "double cockpit" style interior.
The standard black (a Bordeaux color top is available with the Wine colored interior) cloth convertible top features a fabric inner liner, which provides a quality appearance and helps reduce noise intrusion into the cabin, along with a large glass rear window with an integrated electric rear window defroster. The top operation takes approximately 20 seconds and is controlled by either a center console-mounted switch or by a button located on the doors (top lowering only). The automatic latch system secures the top to – or releases it from – the windshield header without driver intervention. The shape and position of the glass wind deflector, located between the fixed headrest bars, has been optimized to reduce turbulence into the cabin.
The 370Z Roadster's exterior features an aluminum hood, door panels and trunk for reduced weight. It includes additional structural reinforcement (over the 370Z Coupe), including in the A-pillars and side sills. The Z® Roadster's exterior design incorporates the signature Z® long nose/short cockpit proportions. The distinctive headlight/taillight treatment features an aggressive "boomerang" shape. The headlights are a High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon design with auto on/off feature and integrated LED daytime running lights. Eight exterior colors are offered for 2014 – Midnight Blue, Magma Red, Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Black Cherry and Pearl White.
Inside the stunning Z® exterior, is an interior that is completely driver-centric, with its three-layer design grouping items by how a driver sees information, operates the controls and is held in place – so drivers feel completely connected and engaged whenever and wherever they drive, top up or down.
The Z® Roadster features high back black woven "Carbon" cloth seats with 8-way manual driver's/4-way manual passenger's seat adjustments. Touring models include unique leather-appointed seats with 4-way power/4-way manual operation on the driver's seat (4-way power on the passenger's seat). These seats are exclusive to the Zâ Roadster and have integrated heating and cooling functions – ideal for open air driving no matter what the outside temperature.
The Z® Roadster's 2-seat layout includes a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length center console separating the driver and passenger's seat. The instrument panel retains the traditional Z® 3-pod cluster with oil temperature, voltmeter and clock, while the speedometer and tachometer include an "initial sweep" function, coming alive when the car is first started. The steering wheel is an "oval" 3-spoke design, which offers baseball-style stitching and large thumb grips/palm rest areas for improved feel on long drives. The surface of the leather-wrapped wheel is "shaved" to provide a more kidney-like shape to better fit in the hand. The manual transmission shifter is specially padded to improve the accuracy of diagonal shifts and to feel softer in the hand for forward and backward motions.
Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature and a center console box with a non-intrusive cover design. Other features include automatic climate control, two 12-volt power outlets, three cupholders (two in door panels, one in center console) and an AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.
The 370Z Roadster Touring model adds a 6CD Bose® audio system with eight speakers (includes dual subwoofer) and MP3/WMA playback, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and aluminum-trimmed pedals.
The 2013 Nissan 370Z Roadster interior is available in Black cloth or for 370Z Touring Roadster models, a choice of Gray, Black or Wine (available exclusively with Pearl White and Black Cherry exterior colors) leather-appointed A/C and heated ventilated seats.
Open Air, Open Roads – An Unbeatable Combination
The 2014 370Z Roadster once again features one of the most advanced drivetrains available for affordable sports cars today. The long list of cutting edge performance-focused technologies includes a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL). The VVEL system is able to optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time. Since the VVEL system can adjust to open the valves slightly, it improves fuel efficiency by reducing camshaft friction and fuel waste. It also provides cleaner emissions by allowing for quicker warm-up of the catalyst and by stabilizing combustion when the engine is cool.
The 6-speed manual's available SynchroRev Match® system (included in the optional Sport Package) allows drivers of any skill level to experience professional-like gearshift performance. The SynchroRev Match® function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the speed of the next gear position, essentially "blipping" the throttle to smooth out up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical "shock" when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own.
The available 7-speed automatic includes Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and is designed to offer quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode. Drivers can use the standard paddle shifters or the shift lever. The 7-speed's wide gear ratios offer improved fuel efficiency (versus a 5-speed automatic), while the Adaptive Shift Control is designed to adjust to the driver's driving style.
Estimated fuel economy for the 2014 370Z Roadster is 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the 7-speed automatic and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 6-speed manual transmission.
The Z® Roadster also utilizes the Z® Coupe's advanced 4-wheel independent suspension. The double-wishbone front suspension uses lightweight forged aluminum arms and a lightweight rigid aluminum-alloy cradle, along with a hollow construction stabilizer bar. The 4-link rear suspension integrates the rear cradle into a single part. "High response" shock absorbers are utilized on each corner for enhanced ride comfort. Euro-tuned shock absorbers are offered with the optional Sport Package (Touring models only).
The standard 370Z Roadster wheel and tire package features 18x8.0-inch front/18x9.0-inch lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/50R18 front/245/45R18 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer tires. Unique 19-inch RAYS forged lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 245/40R19 front/275/35R19 rear tires are available as part of the optional Sport Package.
The Z®'s standard 4-wheel vented disc brake system includes Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The optional Sport Package includes Nissan Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors (versus 12.6-inch front/rear standard rotors) with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminum red-finish calipers.
Steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion design. Unwanted steering kickback and vibrations are reduced with the addition of a solenoid valve that acts like a damper when there is a harsh impact load. A Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is standard.
The Nissan 370Z Roadster's list of standard safety features includes the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; door-mounted curtain air bags; and seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters. Other standard equipment includes Active Head Restraints, Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The 2014 370Z Roadster is offered in two well-equipped models – 370Z Roadster (7-speed automatic only) and the 370Z Touring Roadster (6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic). Two option packages are offered with the Touring model, the Sport Package and Navigation. A spare tire is optionally available with both models.
The Navigation Package includes the touch-screen Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), USB connectivity that is iPod® compatible, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, on-board Zagat Survey® restaurant ratings database, an in-dash DVD player and RearView Monitor. The Sport Package includes Viscous Limited-Slip Differential, 19-inch RAYS forged wheels with 19-inch tires, Nissan Sport Brakes, Euro-tuned shocks and SynchroRev Match® (MT only).
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2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster Overview
The Z® NISMO, since its introduction as part of the original Nissan 350Z lineup, has embodied the spirit of NISMO – race-proven engineering that is attainable. Now, for the 2014 model year, the second-generation 370Z NISMO is enhanced with a new, unifying look and feel – paving the way for additional models such as the new JUKE NISMO and upcoming GT-R NISMO to follow.
The 2014 370Z NISMO continues to set the bar as a tuner-Z® enthusiast's dream straight from the factory and fully warranted, offering 350 horsepower, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and unique super-lightweight forged alloy wheels. The enhancements for 2014 are designed to up the car's already strong visual impact.
On the exterior, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents. In addition, Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer.
Advanced 350-Horsepower VVEL V6 and NISMO-Tuned Suspension
The 370Z NISMO's outstanding performance is anchored by an advanced Nissan FM (Front Midship) platform, refined 4-wheel independent suspension and 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) rated at 350 hp @ 7,400 rpm and 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The VVEL system helps optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time.
The 370Z NISMO's enhanced engine power and acceleration (versus non-NISMO 370Zs) is provided through use of an exclusive H-configured exhaust system design and muffler tuning, along with optimized ECM (Engine Control Module) calibration.
Just one transmission is offered, a close-ratio 6-speed manual with Nissan's SynchroRev Match® synchronized downshift rev matching system. The SynchroRev Match® function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the speed of the next gear position, essentially "blipping" the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical "shock" when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own.
The 370Z NISMO also features a tight, rigid body structure with a strut tower bar brace and a pair of performance dampers, which quickly and efficiently react to help control body vibrations from road input via the tires, contributing to the 370Z NISMO's outstanding handling and performance feel. The 370Z NISMO's double-wishbone front/4-link rear suspension design suspension is specially tuned for exceptional handling, including higher spring and stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness and front and rear damping factors (compared to non-NISMO models).
The 2014 370Z NISMO rides on unique 5-spoke Nissan-branded 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels (19x9.5-inch front, 19x10.5-inch rear) with a Gun Metallic finish. The wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Potenza S001 Y-rated high-performance tires (245/40ZR19 front, 285/35ZR19 rear). Braking is provided by NISMO Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminum calipers. The braking system includes a variable ratio brake pedal, high-rigidity brake hoses, R35 Special II fluid and red-finish calipers.
Unique NISMO 370Z Exterior and Interior Designs
Along with the new color treatments, the 2014 370Z NISMO exterior includes an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler – providing a sense of dynamic movement while enhancing airflow and downforce for enhanced aerodynamic performance.
The 370Z NISMO is 6.2 inches longer than the standard 370Z Coupe. Special side sills and a unique rear bumper help control airflow under the vehicle, while the functional rear spoiler increases downforce. Four exterior colors are offered: Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic and Solid Red.
Inside, the 370Z NISMO's driver-centric 2-seat interior layout is built around a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length center console separating the driver and passenger's seat. In the rear is an open cargo area with easy accessibility. The instrument panel includes a 3-pod cluster with oil temperature, voltmeter and clock, while the speedometer and tachometer include an "initial sweep" function, coming alive when the 370Z NISMO is first started.
The sporty interior includes NISMO logo seats with black and red fabric and red stitching, a NISMO tachometer, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and red parallel stitching, smooth leather-wrapped shift knob and aluminum-trimmed pedals. A special serialized plaque of authenticity, located on the vertical panel above the floor-mounted console, is matched to each 370Z NISMO identifying its unique serial and model year designation.
Both the driver and passenger's seats are structured with an anti-slip material in the main seating surface. The sporty woven cloth seats feature standard 8-way driver's/4-way passenger manual adjustments and adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints. Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature and automatic climate control. In addition to the melodious sounds of the special NISMO exhaust system, the soundtrack for road trips is provides by a standard AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.
Also available is a Bose® Package featuring an in-dash 6CD changer, two additional speakers (six total), two subwoofers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, auto-dimming inside mirror and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver. There are no other options offered.
The 2014 370Z NISMO's long list of standard safety and security features includes the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted side-impact air bags; seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, Active Head Restraints, Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Along with the 370Z NISMO, the 2014 Nissan 370Z is available in 370Z Coupe and 370Z Roadster models (please see NissanNews.com for full information).
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2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo review: Hard-core Nismo Z does one thing well: Go faster
A more hard-core version of the Nissan 370Z, the Nismo Z throws away all pretense of being versatile, subtle, or comfortable in an effort to make the Z34 chassis as quick as possible. It wants to be street-legal race car.
Like a broadsword, the Z is simple. You'll find none of the Nissan GT-R's technological gadgetry here. It is also brutal, lacking the Subaru BRZ's lightweight ultraprecision. With its powerful V-6, rear-drive architecture, and big, meaty tires, the Nismo Z is Japanese muscle.
Nismo performance upgrades
When you choose the $43,020, performance-oriented 2014 370Z Nismo over the standard Z, which is $13,030 less expensive, it should go without saying that you're getting a lot of go-faster gubbins marked with Nismo logos for your money.
Upgrades start in the engine bay, with the Nismo-tuned engine, which lives under a Nismo signature red engine cover and exhales through a Nismo-tuned exhaust with polished Nismo dual-exhaust tips. This retuned version of the Z's 3.7-liter V-6 now outputs 350 horsepower, 276 pound-feet of torque. Compared with the non-Nismo Z, that's 18 more ponies and 6 more pound-feet of twist. Interestingly, the fuel economy estimates are the same: 21 combined, 18 city, and 26 highway mpg.
Peek beneath the Zed's bulging front fenders and rear haunches, and you'll spot the Nismo-tuned sport suspension. The chassis is firmed up with a three-point Nismo strut tower brace in the engine bay and the whole ride sits atop a set of 19-inch Rays forged aluminum-alloy wheels with a Nismo design. The wheels' sizes are staggered -- 9.5 inches wide up front and 10.5 inches wide in the rear -- and are shod with 245/40YR19 and 285/35YR19 Bridgestone Potenza S001 high-performance tires at the front and rear, respectively. That's a lot of sticky rubber. If I'm not mistaken, that's the widest OEM wheel-and-tire combo available on the Z.
This model also features unique Nismo aerodynamic upgrades, including a front fascia with an integrated chin spoiler, a rear fascia with an integrated underbody diffuser, side skirts, and a rear double-wing spoiler; all of which were finished in a contrasting Gun Metallic gray paint on our example, rather than being color-matched to the rest of the body's Pearl White paint.
Inside the cabin, there's red and black fabric trim on the Z's eight-way (for the driver) and four-way (passenger) manually adjustable sport seats with deep leg and torso bolsters. You also get an Alcantara leather steering wheel with a red stripe marking top center, red contrast stitching scattered about the interior, and leather trim on the e-brake handle and the six-speed transmission's shift knob.
That six-speed manual gearbox is the only option available for the Nismo Z -- as it should be -- which features the Z's SynchroRev Match blip and hold on downshifts and upshifts. Don't worry, we'll speak more on that in a bit.
The rear-wheel drivetrain is also augmented with the rear-axle viscous limited-slip differential from the standard 370Z's Sport package, as well as that package's upgraded sport brakes, high-rigidity brake hoses, and R35 Special II brake fluid.
Sparse cabin tech
The Nismo Z shares a number of the standard Z's cabin tech pros, cons, and options. For example, even after eight model years and a midcycle refresh, the Z's floating instrument cluster still uses that stupid fuel level and temperature combo gauge with the amber LED segments that can be impossible to read at a glance in direct sunlight.
That gauge has been a sore spot for me since the Z's debut in 2008, but the standard cabin tech isn't all bad. For example, Nissan's Intelligent Key keyless entry and push-button start are standard on this trim level, as are auto on/off Bi-Xenon headlamps.
A Bose audio package is available, and was equipped on our example (a $1,350 option), upgrading and replacing a standard four-speaker system with an eight-speaker rig that features dual subwoofers. I'm sure that I wouldn't even want to sample the four-speaker system after spending a week in the Z's noisy cabin. Either pony up for the Bose system or learn to enjoy the sound of the engine, the wind, and, loudest of all, road noise.
Along with the louder output, the Bose system's six-disc in-dash changer replaces the single-disc unit, while a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner and rudimentary Bluetooth hands-free calling join the standard AM/FM radio and 3.5mm analog auxiliary input. There is no USB input, iPod connectivity, or Bluetooth audio streaming to be found at this trim level, in any of the Nismo Z's available option packages, or listed on Nissan's Web site, so if you want to listen to music on your smartphone, you'll have to do without the ability to control your device using the receiver or steering wheel.
Illuminated doorsill kick plates are a nice, if superfluous, touch on our test car at $200. Carpeted trunk and floor mats add $95 and $125, respectively, to the bottom line, the latter bearing embroidered Nismo logos.
Finally, for $790, the Nismo Z gains a much-needed rearview monitor, which displays via a tiny LCD integrated into the rearview mirror, along with a HomeLink Universal Transceiver and a digital compass. A rear camera is an indispensable addition to a vehicle like the Z, where rear visibility is close to nil and the Nismo spoiler fills most of the gun-slit rear glass.
Aside from that camera, there is no available safety tech -- no blind-spot monitoring, no cross-traffic alerts, no collision warning. The Nismo also lacks the standard Z's 7-inch, hard-drive navigation system option, which is where you'd usually get the USB and Bluetooth audio connectivity that was so sorely missed during our testing.
SynchroRev Match revisited
I'm a remarkably smooth shifter without it, but the rev-matching gearbox helped me to make perfectly blended and quick shifts at speed.
For those unfamiliar, the SynchroRev Match system works by electronically controlling the throttle between shifts, while leaving the clutch and shifter work to you, the driver. Let's say you're braking for a turn and need to drop from third to second gear. When you depress the Z's clutch and move the shift lever to the second gear, the engine's rev-matching software will automatically blip the throttle and hold the engine speed, momentarily, at the appropriate revolutions per minute while you release the clutch pedal. The result is an effortlessly smooth shift that doesn't upset the vehicle and jerk passengers around.
It took some getting used to, as I'm used to heel-toeing my own throttle, but once I let the Z help out, I was pleased to be able to focus more acutely on the business of accelerating, braking, and turning. A nice side effect was that I was able to drop the clutch between shifts more quickly and confidently, with less slipping, which leads me to believe that the service life of the clutch may be extended as well.
SynchroRev Match doesn't do much to help the 3.7-liter V-6's tendency to float its revs, so waiting for the tachometer's needle to drop for a perfectly timed upshift will still take a beat or two longer than a downshift. Also, you'll still need to know how to slide into first gear from a stop; this isn't exactly an "Easy Mode" for drivers unfamiliar with manual gearboxes.
And if you dislike the Z's rev-matching (or just want to practice your heel-toe footwork), the system can be disabled with the touch of a button near the shifter.
A less-than-ideal daily driver
Let's start with the sour before getting to the sweet: the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo is probably the most uncomfortable ride I've reviewed all year. That said, I expected it to be so and I think it is totally worth the literal pain in my rear.
Cruise along at 60 mph and you'll hear loads of road noise coming from the giant wheel-and-tire combo and firm suspension. The white noise is so loud that you sometimes can't even hear the Z's exhaust note over it, which is a shame. And I may be wrong, but I doubt the standard four-speaker stereo could compete either -- hence, my recommendation of the Bose audio.
The firm ride has plenty of road feel, revealing bumps and imperfections in highways that I previously thought were butter-smooth, and then jarring and jostling my body over the rougher surface streets and back roads around my San Francisco/Oakland stomping grounds. After one admittedly long and particularly rough testing day spent sussing out new driving roads, I was surprised to find my legs sore, battered, and beat up by the Z's stiff seat bolsters.
SynchroRev Match made the Z a bit easier to live with when grinding through rush-hour traffic, but the limited cargo space of the rear hatch, the super-stiff ride, and the limited rear visibility conspire to make this coupe a less-than-ideal daily driver and possibly the worst road trip car you could choose. There, I said it -- but to be honest, I couldn't care less.
Going very fast
The Z is only good at one thing: going fast. Push your foot into the "go-faster" pedal, and all of the Z's other compromises melt away as the scenery around you blurs.
There's a simple brutality to the 370Z Nismo's formula for building its speed: take a great V-6 rear-drive power train and mate it with loads of grippy rubber with a well-sorted suspension between them. There's no sport or comfort mode, no adaptive suspension, complex forced induction, or other gadgetry (discounting the rev-matching). This is modern Japanese muscle.
The increased power of the Nismo's tune is certainly welcome, but the standard Z is already plenty fast, and this Nismo Zed doesn't feel noticeably faster in a straight line than a non-Nismo or a Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec. This is probably because the Nismo model is also a few pounds heavier (68 of 'em, to be exact) than the standard model thanks to the bulkier aerodynamics, the additional chassis bracing, and that ridiculous spoiler on the rear deck.
However, the Nismo Z really shines in the corners, where there's so much gosh-darn grip. Go ahead and push it a bit harder in the corner; this car just sticks to the tarmac, tackling corners at a much higher speed than I'd have thought possible with next to no drama. That said, larger bumps and midturn potholes (the kind that you find on poorly maintained, twisty mountain roads) can be a bit of an issue for the Nismo Z's super-stiff suspension, so take care when you're really pushing it lest you find the rear end hopping a few inches laterally midcorner.
You'd think that a 350-horsepower, rear-drive coupe like the Z would be a great car for goofy burnouts and powerslides, but those wide 285s out back just don't want to let go of the road without good reason. This is a good thing; burnouts are for overcompensating high schoolers. Give me gobs of grip and faster cornering speed any day.
The same grip that's good for going faster works to stop the Nismo Z quickly as well, working in tandem with the Z's massive four-piston front brake calipers (and two pistons out back). The real benefit of the upgraded stoppers, brake lines, and using the same brake fluid as the mighty Nissan GT-R will probably be felt at the track, where the Z should be more resistant to brake fade, but I was unable to test this claim.
Fingertip steering feedback has never been the strong suit of this generation of the Nissan Z, and while the Nismo isn't bad in this respect, it is no exception. On the other hand, the steering rack, which hasn't made the jump to electric assist, is nicely weighted, giving the Z a confidence-inspiring point-and-shoot feeling. You can be sure that the front end will go exactly where you point that little red stripe at the top of the steering wheel.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo earns low marks for its almost complete lack of cabin tech, which is highlighted by an aux-input and a nearly $800 rear-camera option. Tech is the most heavily weighted of our three scoring categories, so even with high marks for performance and moderate marks for design, the Nismo ends up with a middling score. The standard 2014 370Z with available navigation, Bluetooth audio, and USB/iPod connectivity would have earned at least a whole extra star. That doesn't mean that I didn't love this brute, it's just the way the numbers lined up.
I've complained a bit about the Z's comfort, but no one buys a 370Z Nismo with its big spoiler and stiff ride because it's the best car to run errands in, and commute in traffic. You buy it to go fast and it does that one thing very well.
I may be letting my inner car snob show, but if you don't budget regular track meets, or at least autocross events, into your life with the Nismo, you're probably better off with the standard Z's Sport package or, better yet, a Hyundai Genesis 3.8 R-Spec. Both coupes are a bit easier to live with, a lot less expensive, and probably just as quick on your favorite back roads.
If you're ready to throw comfort to the wind for the most hard-core of the Zs, you're looking at a sticker price of $43,020. Add in our equipped options -- the Bose audio, the floormats, the illuminated kick plates, and the rear camera -- and a $790 destination charge to reach our as-tested price of $46,370.
|Model||2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo|
|Power train||3.7-liter V-6, 6-speed manual transmission with SynchroRev Match, viscous limited-slip differential, rear-wheel drive|
|EPA fuel economy||18 city, 26 highway, 21 combined mpg|
|Observed fuel economy||N/A|
|Bluetooth phone support||Optional|
|Disc player||Single-slot CD standard, optional 6-disc in-dash changer|
|MP3 player support||Standard analog 3.5mm auxiliary input|
|Other digital audio||Optional SiriusXM satellite radio|
|Audio system||Optional 8-speaker Bose audio system with 2 subwoofers|
|Driver aids||Optional rear camera|
|Price as tested||$46,370|
2014 Nissan 370Z
The Nissan 370Z is a brilliant sports car that offers eye-popping performance and style for less than $30k. The 2014 370Z comes in Coupe and Roadster versions, with styling that adheres to tradition and history. The last redesign was 2009, and changes have been few since then, because the car doesn't need them. There is nothing dated about the performance of its engine, transmission, cornering and brakes.
The design of the 370Z Coupe is still modern, while the sweeping rear quarter window harkens back to the 1970 Datsun 240Z, the car that started it all. The 370Z Coupe uses a hood, doors and hatch made of aluminum, lowering weight.
The 370Z Roadster with its cloth top has a natural shape and looks good in black. The power top is well-insulated with a good headliner, and it raises and lowers without a manual latch.
A racy 370Z Nismo coupe, a product of Nissan's NISMO performance division, boasts more horsepower, a stiffer suspension, bigger brakes and aerodynamic modifications.
The 3.7-liter engine loves to rev and produces a unique sound and, with variable valves and four camshafts, generates 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque at 5200 rpm, but much of its power is available at lower rpm. The Z accelerates from 0 to 60 in a quick 5.2 seconds.
Cornering is supremely tight, on a short 100-inch wheelbase, with the rotational pivot point in the chassis in its ideal position of balance, right under the driver's seat. The rigid chassis results in responsive handling, even on uneven pavement. It steers with precision and turns in decisively. It changes directions dynamically. And there are no worries about the brakes not bringing you down.
In manual mode, the optional 7-speed automatic shifts quickly. Drivers can use the paddles or lever. The shifts feel direct, like a manual transmission, thanks to what Nissan calls torque converter lock-up logic. With the 6-speed manual transmission, heel-and-toe downshifting easy. The clutch, gearbox and pedals work well together. A computer-controlled feature called SynchroRev Match will blip throttle for downshifts when you don't do it manually.
The interior is attractive and comfortable. The driver's seat is designed to keep the driver in place. The black fabric that comes standard looks and feels sporty while the optional perforated leather is beautiful. There's also a synthetic suede. The instrument panel moves with the adjustable steering column, while the steering wheel spokes are designed to provide a clear view. The gauges are big and clear, white on black with orange needles.
Cargo space is modest. The rear hatch provides easy access to 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space, far less than the 22 cubic feet in the Chevrolet Corvette. The Roadster's trunk has only 4.2 cubic feet of space, about enough for a couple of duffle bags.
In 2014, only the Nismo gets changes, all cosmetic. The big news is the Coupe's drop in base price to $29,900. It's a steal.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z is offered in two body styles, coupe and roadster, and three models. The coupe comes in base ($29,900), Touring ($35,270) and Nismo ($43,020) models. The roadster is offered in base ($41,470) or Touring ($44,170). The 370Z comes with a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 332 horsepower, and a 6-speed manual transmission. The Nismo has a 350-horsepower version of the same engine. All models except the Nismo are offered with a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capability ($1300).
The Z comes standard with cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power mirrors, power door locks with auto-lock feature, center console, rear window defroster with timer, two 12-volt power outlets, dual overhead map lights, four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, trip computer, automatic bi-xenon headlights, theft-deterrent system, and P225/50WR18 front and P245/45WR18 rear tires on alloy wheels. The Roadster comes with a power convertible soft top.
The 370Z Touring adds heated four-way power Alcantara and leather-appointed sport seats with adjustable lumbar support; a Bose audio system with eight speakers (includes dual subwoofer), 6CD/MP3 changer, and XM satellite radio (XM subscription sold separately), Bluetooth hands-free phone system, HomeLink universal garage door opener, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Roadster adds ventilated seats while the Coupe gets a rear cargo cover.
The 370Z Nismo has several modifications to make it faster. It uses the 6-speed manual transmission with Nissan's SynchroRev Match feature, as well a viscous limited-slip differential, lightweight Rays forged aluminum wheels with P245/40YR19 front and P285/35YR19 rear tires, bigger brakes (14.0-inch front rotors, 13.8-inch rear), Nismo front strut brace, and firmer shocks, springs and stabilizer bars. The exterior gets a special nose with an integrated chin spoiler, side sills with Nismo striping, a unique rear bumper, and a taller rear spoiler. Inside, there are Nismo logos on the seats, which feature black and red fabric with red stitching, a Nismo tachometer, red stitching on the steering wheel, a leather-wrapped shift knob, aluminum pedals and a serialized plaque of authenticity.
Options are limited. The Navigation package ($2,150) offers a GPS powered by a hard drive and featuring voice recognition and a touch-screen display, with real-time traffic information from XM NavTraffic, which requires a paid subscription. Also bundled in this option is a 9.3 Gig Music Box hard drive and interface system for iPods and other MP3 players. This package includes a rearview mirror back-up camera, also a stand-alone option.
The Sport package for the Coupe ($3,030) and Convertible ($2,830) adds 19-inch forged lightweight aluminum-alloy Rays wheels fitted with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A high-performance radials. Spoilers are fitted fore and aft which help to lower the coupe's drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.28 (the aerodynamic package is also a stand-alone option). Also included with the Sport package are Nissan Sport Brakes with 14-inch front rotors and 13.8-inch rear rotors (versus 12.6/12.1-inch standard rotor sizes) with four-piston front and two-piston rear aluminum calipers. The chassis calibrations are otherwise the same as on the base car. The SynchroRev feature, which performs the downshifting blip for the driver, comes with this package.
Safety features include dual-stage front airbags plus front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for torso protection. The coupe also has curtain side airbags for head protection. Active head restraints are fitted to both body styles, as is a tire-pressure monitor. Active safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake distribution, traction control, and electronic stability control.
The styling of the 370Z might be considered enigmatic. It was radical when it came out in 2009, so aero it seemed shapeless. Others might have gone in that direction, but didn't, so the 370Z stands alone. With no voluptuous shapes, the design doesn't hold the eye. Having slab sides and a profile on its haunches, it's shorter, wider, and less nubile than the 350Z, last seen in 2008. But the 370Z delivers a low 0.30 coefficient of drag, and that's what it's about.
There's a skillful retro touch in the sweep of the coupe's rear quarter window, suggesting the original 1970 Datsun 240Z.
With big fender flares, the Z has a wide and slippery stance; panel clearances are tight. If the standard 18-inch wheels aren't exciting enough for you, there are 19-inchers with the Sport package, housing the bigger brakes and looking cool with the aero trim.
The front end has a definite aftermarket look, like it could be your racecar in a video game. Vertical bars in the front grille opening make the car look like a feeding manta ray. The headlights and taillights are shaped like vertical boomerangs, with matching hooks at the bottom just for effect.
The hood, doors and hatch are aluminum, lowering weight. The big chrome door handles belong back on the 350Z, not this char. They're vertical and difficult to grasp, literally and figuratively.
The roadster with its cloth top has a natural shape, at least in its standard black. There is an optional Bordeaux color and we say gag me with a spoon, nothing personal. The top is well-insulated with good headliner, and raises and lowers without a manual latch.
The bi-xenon headlights pierce the night with safe powerful beams shooting from lenses no bigger than a fat flashlight. At the rear, taillights combine with more-rounded contours to produce an almost elegant effect not unlike that of a Porsche. The dual exhaust outlets are tidily integrated with the rear fascia, and so is the rear spoiler with the aero package.
The Nismo is only offered as a coupe, and it has several exterior modifications to give it higher-speed aerodynamics and more performance. The nose is cleaner and nearly 7 inches longer, with a prominent chin spoiler, darkened to a titanium shade in 2014 The Nismo has wider sills, a rear bumper with a substantial diffuser, and taller spoiler. Its coefficient of drag drops to 0.29. The spoilers provide zero front lift and zero rear lift, working with the front bumper that smoothes the flow of air to the sides of the car while the rear spoiler rules the air from the roof to the rear hatch.
The driving compartment is tidy, with a short shift lever with a good leather-wrapped knob at your grasp with the 6-speed manual; or alloy paddles sprouting from the steering column, with the 7-speed automatic. The long humped aluminum hood looks cool out the windshield. The row of three gauges perched on the center of the dashboard is a Z tradition; they're oil temp, voltmeter and clock. Racecars would have oil temp, water temp and oil pressure, and that would be cool. Although it's true you look at a clock more often.
The instrument panel moves with the adjustable steering column, with the steering wheel spokes designed to provide a clear view. The gauges are big and clear, white on black with orange needles that look cool especially at night. A 9000-rpm tachometer sits dead center, with functional and useful shift lights. A 180-mph speedometer is to the right, and an unusual aluminum-look circle at the left contains two rows of LEDs for water temp and fuel level: gimmicky but we've seen worse. However, it lights up orange at night, and reflects in the windshield; we just wanted it to go away so we could be alone with the car. There's a small digital display with the usual info, including fuel range.
As with many sports cars, climbing in can be difficult, requiring a step down with the Z. However, the doors open fully and the sills aren't too wide.
There's lots of good work in the bucket seats, especially the driver's seat, whose frame, not just the bolstering, is designed to keep the driver in place, with help from small kneepads designed for support during hard cornering. The driver's cushion is cut out to support the thighs while the feet are dancing on the aluminum pedals. We also like the aluminum pedals, including the tight little dead pedal. Both bucket seats use anti-slip material.
We like the standard black fabric, so rugged and sporty that the optional perforated leather isn't needed, beautiful as it is. There's also a synthetic suede.
The grippy perforated leather steering wheel has small outside humps to keep your hands at 3 and 9 o'clock, as well as inside humps for your thumbs, to keep them at 2 and 10; Nissan solves the debate by providing for both positions. Just three buttons on the beefy spokes, for stereo and cruise control.
The Nismo for 2014 gets a new steering wheel with Alcantara leather appointments. Standard Nismo seats are a black fabric with red touches, and there's a red Nismo tachometer, and aluminum-trimmed pedals.
There's decent storage space, with a glovebox, a storage box in the dash if there's no navigation system, and small shelves for briefcases behind the bucket seats. There's an aluminum crossbar directly behind the seats, necessary for chassis stiffness, but it only gets a little bit in the way of reaching back into the cargo area for stuff, that can be covered under the tonneau.
The optional navigation has a big clear screen, tidily integrated into the center console. Its function is mostly controlled by a clicking knob with scroll arrows underneath, as well as a Nissan ATM-like keyboard with 12 buttons: efficient, not confusing.
Nice center stack with vents, plus climate and audio controls, all good. The setup for two cupholders and one cubby between the seats is good, plus cupholders in the door pockets. The interior lights are simple to turn on and off. Easy rings for door handles.
Luggage space is modest. The rear hatch provides easy access to 6.9 cubic feet of cargo space, far less than the 22 cubic feet in the Chevrolet Corvette. The roadster's trunk has only 4.2 cubic feet of space, about enough for a couple of duffle bags. The convertible top doesn't impede on the trunk space, and Nissan provides a parcel shelf big enough for a laptop bag behind each seat.
Visibility is often poor in sports cars and that's certainly true here. The coupe's big rear B-pillars create a distinct blind spots, most inconveniently over your right shoulder. The roadster has poor rear visibility with the top up.
The standard four-speaker stereo produces good sound, while the 240-watt Bose in the Touring model blew our socks off, with its six speakers and dual subwoofers. The coupe transmits some road noise, and the roadster wind noise with the top down. However the engine is so muted that you can't hear it scream in the Coupe; if you want that rush, it comes better in the Roadster.
We've gotten a lot of seat time in the 370Z, including twice on the track in the Nismo version. Also a 500-mile drive, with 370 of those miles on central California back roads in one joyous day, in a glittering metallic blue 6-speed Coupe (370 miles was a coincidence, but appropriate). Plus, we've driven several models around town, including a week in the 2014 Nismo. After all that driving, we can't say a single bad thing about the 370Z's performance. And that's saying something.
The engine and exhaust produce a unique deep pitch. Imagine a screaming straight-6 BMW merging voices with a throaty V8 Audi, and you have the song of the V6 Nissan 370Z. Or you might say the 370Z sounds like a junkyard dog howling into a concrete culvert, especially if you're driving through canyons like we were. Without turning to look, we can often identify a Z accelerating by purely by the sound.
The 3.7-liter engine loves to linger at 6000 rpm, where it feels like it can run all day, although you almost have to run it up there to hear it, because the cabin is so well insulated. Nissan's V6 features VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift Control) technology, like having four camshafts, two for torque and two for top end. Redline 7500 rpm is reached with little effort, and the rev limiter strikes softly, after a convenient red light in the tachometer starts blinking at 7000 rpm, where horsepower peaks at 332. There are greedy few who will pine for more, because 332 feels just right, given the car's size.
The Nismo brings 350 horsepower, and 6 more foot-pounds of torque at 5200 rpm. We're not sure you can tell the difference, off the track, except on maybe the fastest of winding roads.
The Z accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Its 270 pound-feet of torque peaks at 5200 rpm, quite high, but there's still plenty of torque down low, enough torque to easily spin the rear wheels coming off a second-gear corner with the stability control turned off. The VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) is fairly sensitive in a straight line, and will barely let the wheels bounce under acceleration if the road is bumpy, but it leaves sideways room to kick out the tail without interfering.
With that torque, third gear has a broad range, to take the work out of cruising. Sixth gear is a super overdrive to achieve 26 highway miles per gallon, while making 75-mph cruising understated.
The rigid chassis uses ultra high-tensile steel, a triangular brace over the engine and aluminum cradle under it, a carbon-fiber box around the radiator, and inverted struts and a crossbrace in the cargo area. It's still 88 pounds lighter than the 350Z, thanks to the double-wishbone suspension and aluminum hood, doors, and hatch.
The Roadster is inherently less rigid than the Coupe, but it's exceptionally solid. It's beefed up at the A pillars, side sills and behind the seats, and adds a brace under the body. Drivers who don't regularly push the car near its limits won't notice any difference in the handling between the Roadster and Coupe, but if ultimate performance is the goal, the Coupe is the choice.
The cornering is supremely tight, on a short 100-inch wheelbase, with the rotational pivot point in the chassis in its ideal position of balance, right under the driver's seat. It's called the moment of inertia or, in layman's words, the spot where the spinout starts.
In those places and situations where you might expect a car to dance around, the 370Z turns. For example during hard cornering on uneven pavement, it grips like a cat. It might twitch once, and then take a set. If it responds this way to big challenges, it can breeze through others.
The Z steers with precision and turns in decisively. It changes directions dynamically. It encourages smooth driving. The threshold of grip is impressive. With a 13.5:1 steering ratio, it feels like a big go-cart. Doesn't need much road.
The long high-speed straight ends with a sudden S curve behind a 35-mph sign. No worries about the brakes not bringing you down. Especially the big brakes on the Sport package, 4-inch rotors in front, 13.8 inches in rear (12.6-inch rotors are standard). But, like a racecar, you have to release the brakes smoothly, especially at turn-in, because the car responds so quickly.
In manual mode, the 7-speed automatic shifts quickly, 0.5 seconds, as fast as some sports cars costing two and three times as much. Drivers can use the paddles or lever. The shifts feel direct, like a manual transmission, thanks to what Nissan calls torque converter lock-up logic. The stability control is right; it will protect you without intruding when you don't need it. esc is about right, will protect without invade, doesn't abruptly kill throttle.
With the 6-speed manual transmission, heel-and-toe downshifting easy. The clutch, gearbox and pedals work well together. So it's ironic that the Z is the first car equipped with a computer-controlled throttle blip during the downshift, called SynchroRev Match; it comes with the Sport package, and is standard on the 2014 Nismo we drove most recently. It works best when you're driving and downshifting hard, because it never flubs when a human might; but it gets confused when you're just cruising.
Once, it stopped working altogether for three downshifts into third, and the gearbox even crunched a bit. Then it started working again. The moral to the story is: if you want a computer to control your downshift throttle blips for you, be prepared for it to fail. The good news is you can turn it off.
In its defense, it makes mechanical sense, because during aggressive downshifting, four limbs have to do five things. Left hand steers, right hand shifts, left foot clutches, right foot brakes and blips the throttle. SynchroRev relieves your right foot of multi-tasking. We tested SynchroRev on the track and its timing was perfect.
The bottom line is that if you're already comfortable with heel-and-toe downshifting, this option has nothing for you. But if you struggle with the maneuver, you'll like it.
We tested the Nismo 370Z both on the track and road. The suspension is aggressive, making cornering amazing, and it's not too stiff for a reasonably smooth road. It hugs the road to an extreme, and makes small forward lurches when you're hard on the gas over humps and ripples. This is good, better than lurching sideways as cars with lesser suspensions might do. There's no sports car than handles like this for the price. The Mazda MX-5 is good but it doesn't have the Z car's power or quickness with the Nismo package. To get cornering like the base $30k 370Z you could pay another $20,000, for the BMW Z4. Only the Mitsubishi Evo comes to mind, when thinking of cars this track-ready.
Great power, light weight, fantastic handling, beefy brakes, slick aerodynamics, bold styling, good fuel mileage, great 6-speed gearbox; optional 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters, even a Roadster. Base price of less than $30k makes it an impressive value among high-performance sports cars.
Sam Moses reported from the Pacific Northwest, with Barry Winfield reporting from Spring Mountain Motorsports Park in Nevada, and Kirk Bell in San Francisco.
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|Model lineup:||Nissan 370Z Coupe ($29,900); Coupe Touring ($35,270); Roadster ($41,470); Roadster Touring ($44,170); Nismo Coupe ($43,020)|
|Engines:||332-hp 3.7-liter V6; 350-hp 3.7-liter V6|
|Transmissions:||6-speed manual; 7-speed automatic|
|Safety equipment (standard):||dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags (coupe), active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, electronic stability control, ABS with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution|
|Safety equipment (optional):|
|Basic warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Specifications As Tested|
|Model tested (MSPR):||Nissan 370Z Nismo Coupe ($43,020)|
|Standard equipment:||Nismo equipment including 350-hp 3.7-liter V6, 6-speed manual transmission with SynchroRev Match, sport suspension and brakes, viscous limited-slip differential, tuned exhaust, interior featuring black/red-stitched seats with leather steering wheel and shift knob, 19-inch rims with P245/40R19 front and P285/35R rear Bridgestone Potenza tires, aero body trim including front fascia, side sills, rear fascia with diffuser, and double wing spoiler. Base standard equipment including cruise control, automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power mirrors, power door locks with auto-lock feature, center console, rear window defroster with timer, two 12-volt power outlets, dual overhead map lights, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, trip computer, automatic bi-xenon headlights, theft-deterrent system|
|Options as tested (MSPR):||Bose package ($1350) with 8-speaker Bose audio system with 6CD/MP3 changer and XM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, HomeLink transceiver, auto-dimming rearview mirror; Nismo carpeted floor mats ($125); carpeted trunk mat ($95); illuminated kick plates ($200); in-mirror rearview monitor ($790)|
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|Price as tested (MSPR):||$46370|
|Engine:||3.7-liter dohc 24-valve V6|
|Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):||350 @ 7000|
|Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):||276 @ 5200|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||18/26 mpg|
|Track, f/r:||61.0/62.8 in.|
|Turning circle:||34.1 ft.|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||38.2/54.6/42.9 in.|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:||in.|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||in.|
|Cargo volume:||6.9 cu. ft.|
|Suspension, f:||independent, double wishbone, coil spring, gas-pressurized shock, stabilizer bar, shock tower strut|
|Suspension, r:||independent, multi-link, coil spring, gas-pressurized shock, stabilizer bar|
|Curb weigth:||3346 lbs.|
|Tires:||P245/40R19 front, P285/35R19 rear|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, 14.0-inch front, 13.8-inch rear|
|Fuel capacity:||19.0 gal.|
|Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of November 6, 2014.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-647-7261 - www.nissanusa.com|
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Nissan 370Z Expert Review
- 332 hp, rear-drive, six-speed manual
- Confidence inspiring handling
- The Nismo edition enhances the 370Z's dynamic strengths
- Small trunk
- Poor rear visibility in the touring
- Exhaust note
After a large refresh for the 2013 model year, the only changes for the 2014 Nissan 370Z come to the Nismo special edition, which include new exterior dark gray with red pinstripe accent cues, a new Alcantara steering wheel, and a red Nismo tachometer.
The Nissan 370Z is the automaker's sporty rear-drive coupe and is the sixth generation to bear the Z name. We've called the 370Z an old-school rough-and-tumble sports car, and despite its flaws it remains fun to drive.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z is powered by a 332-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 270 lb-ft of torque, which transmits power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed automatic that gets a manual mode with paddle shifters. Buyers who opt for the sport package get Nissan's downshift-matching system with the six-speed, a feature that worked well but was deemed unnecessary by a number of our editors. It's easy enough to switch on and off thanks to a button by the shifter. While we think practical issues (like fuel economy) are for practical cars (not the 370Z), the economy was a reasonable EPA-estimated 18-19 around town and 26 on the highway. The edge goes to the automatic around town. We put almost 20,000 miles on a long-term 2010 370Z Roadster and averaged 20 mpg.
The Nissan 370Z Nismo special edition model turns up the volume in all the right ways, a 3.7-liter V-6 spinning 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque, race-inspired interior and exterior accents, an Alcantara steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, a revised suspension, and Nismo rear spoiler.
The 2014 Nissan 370Z has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.
We've had a number of Nissan 370Z's in our care since its introduction. The flaws: Styling was a bit controversial, the interior (of our long-term roadster) was loud, and the exhaust note wasn't quite soul-stirring. On the other side, one editor said, "just driving around is fun." We were divided on the rev-matching system on our 2010 Roadster and said, "SynchroRev Match also came as part of that [sport] package and is a subject of endless debate. Half the staff claims to turn it off the instant they jump in the car because they're just fine controlling throttle-blips themselves, thank you very much. The other half enjoyed the crispness and precision the system offers to an otherwise clunky drivetrain, making downshifts big and small a non-issue." In a 2010 comparison that pitted a Nissan 370Z against an Audi TTS, Porsche Boxster S, and BMW Z4, the Nissan Z finished last. Of the Z we said it "pleases the pocketbook and power hungry, but a proper roadster needs to satisfy the eyes and ears as well."
2014 Nissan 370Z retains distinctive look, V-6 power
Nissan's well-known "Z" rear-drive sports car that started in the 1970s still pulls at the heart strings of driving enthusiasts with its sporty, two-seat cabin, low-to-the-pavement stance, racetrack-ready stiff ride and strong V-6 power.
Race day sensations are even greater in the top-of-the-line 2014 370Z NISMO model, where power is tuned up to 350 horses, suspension is so taut the car corners like it's on rails, and brakes are the largest in Z car history.
Best of all, Nissan held the line or reduced pricing on its Zs for 2014.
The starting retail price for the 2014 370Z Coupe dropped some $3,000 from its predecessor, and the price for the top-of-the-line, 2014 370Z NISMO was unchanged.
Specifically, starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $30,800 for a base, 2014 370Z Coupe with 332-horsepower V-6, six-speed manual transmission and 18-inch, high-performance tires. The 2014 370Z Coupe with same engine and a six-speed manual with SynchroRev Match -- a feature that has won raves because it makes downshifts quicker and smoother -- starts at $33,830. The more powerful 2014 370Z NISMO starts at $43,830.
Among the exclusive standard features on the NISMO are an Alcantara-finished steering wheel, 19-inch, forged alloy wheels by Rays Engineering and a plaque on the centre console noting the vehicle's model year and serial number.
Rear-wheel drive, sports car competitors include the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe, which has a 323-horsepower V-6 and a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $24,550 with six-speed manual and 18-inch, all-season tires. The Camaro also is offered as an SS model with a 426-horsepower V-8. Starting retail price for the Camaro SS is $34,350 with six-speed manual and 20-inch, summer performance tires.
Another rear-wheel drive, V-6-powered competitor, the 2014 Ford Mustang Coupe, has a starting retail price, including destination charge of $23,335 with 305-horsepower V-6, six-speed manual and 17-inch tires. Ford also offers the Mustang with V-8, starting at 32,035, and supercharged V-8, the top of the line Mustang Shelby GT500, starting at $55,935.
Note that unlike the two-seat 370Z, the Camaro and Mustang have smallish back seats for two and are larger, overall, than Nissan's Z.
As expected, the Z car, where premium gasoline is recommended, and its V-6 competitors Camaro and Mustang are not fuel sippers.
They all carry federal government fuel economy ratings of 18 or 19 miles per gallon in city driving, which is akin to the rating for a 2014 Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle with V-6. Highway ratings for the sports cars with V-6s range from 26 or 27 mpg for the Z and Camaro to 31 mpg for the base Mustang. These numbers are higher than the highway mileage estimate for the Highlander.
Still, U.S. sales of mainstream sports cars declined last calendar year, and sales of the Z cars fell 10.6 per cent to 6,561.
The Z cars didn't change much for 2014.
Nissan further bolstered the NISMO Z for speedy travel by adding a longer front nose for more downforce and special side sills and new rear bumper for smoother airflow around the car.
Styling-wise, dark grey paint with red pinstripe is added at the lower front and rear fascias to differentiate the NISMO models from lesser Z cars.
All 2014 models of 370Z continue with Nissan's squat, strong, exterior appearance that's unlike that on any other car. It reminds some observers of a car body composed of flaps rather than graceful curves.
Inside, the two seats provide good support, and Nissan uses hold-fast fabric seat inserts to ensure people stay put during the ride. The three round gauges directly in front of the driver and three other round gauges atop the centre of the dashboard are reminiscent of earlier Zs and are easy-to-read references on the car's operation.
But larger-sized adults may feel confined in the compact, low-to-the-ground interior, particularly since side windows are short, height-wise, and views out the back and rear sides are restricted. Indeed, the driver of the test 370Z NISMO tired of looking directly at the tailpipes of pickup trucks and SUVs in front.
The test model, with a price of more than $46,000, had a $790 optional rearview camera. But the image was displayed in a small square in the left corner of the inside rearview mirror and was tiny compared with other cars'.
To be sure, the 370Z NISMO was a blast to drive, with a "point and go" personality. Steering response was quick; power from the 3.7-litre, double overhead cam V-6 came on quickly, peaking at 276 foot-pounds at 5,200 rpm. The high-performance tires had lots of grip to propel the car swiftly. The low centre of gravity and the suspension that held the car body down firmly gave the speedy Z an agile feel. A driver can push the car hard in curves and marvel at its composure.
But the ride was busy and noisy all the time. Highway bridge expansion cracks sent major vibrations to passengers. City road bumps and even some sunken manhole covers could create a choppy and jarring ride.
Wind noise wasn't noticed in the test car, but it may have been drowned out by the loud road noise from the tires and engine sounds.
The 6.9 cubic feet of trunk space is shallow and seems like a large shelf. A hot pizza placed under the long rear liftgate quickly steamed up the Z car's rear window.
The Z has six air bags, traction control, antilock brakes and electronic dynamic control. But some safety items, such as blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning, are not offered. Options in general are minimal.
The 370Z also is offered as a roadster with a starting retail price of $42,280.
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For the succeding model, which also uses the "Z34" model designation, see Nissan Z (Z34).
The Nissan 370Z (known as the Fairlady Z Z34 in Japan) is a 2-door, 2-seater sports car (S-segment in Europe) manufactured by Nissan Motor Company. It was announced on October 29, 2006, and was first shown at an event in Los Angeles ahead of the 2008 Greater LA Auto Show, before being officially unveiled at the show itself. The 370Z is the sixth generation of the Nissan Z-car line, succeeding the 350Z. The 370Z marks the last production car with a naturally aspirated and high-rev V6 coupled to a manual transmission. The 2020 model year was the final model year for the 370Z.
Almost every piece and component of the 370Z has been redesigned from the previous 350Z model. The wheelbase is 4 in (100 mm) shorter at 100.4 in (2,550 mm) and an overall length 2.7 in (69 mm) shorter at 167.1 in (4,240 mm). The overall width has been increased by 1.3 in (33 mm), the rear track by 2.2 in (56 mm), and overall height reduced by 0.3 in (7.6 mm). The smaller exterior dimensions and use of more lightweight materials helped reduce weight.
The 370Z features a front aluminum subframe, aluminum-alloy engine cradle, aluminum door panels, an all-aluminum hood, and an aluminum hatch. Front body torsional rigidity is improved by 10 percent with an extensively revised body structure, which includes a new front suspension cradle to reduce front body lateral bending, new rear structural reinforcements, and an underbody "V-bar" to help reduce rear lateral bending. Rear body torsional rigidity is improved by up to 22 percent and rear body vertical bending rigidity is improved by up to 30 percent. Additional enhancements include the use of a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthening of the rear fender and hatch areas. The new structure weighs slightly less than the 350Z.
The 370Z uses a front double wishbone suspension, with forged aluminum control arms and steering knuckle. The rear multi-link suspension uses a forged aluminum upper control arm, lower arm and radius rod, the toe control rod is steel and wheel carrier assembly is aluminum. The refreshed 2013 model uses new dampers with the Sport package models. The brakes have been changed from the more expensive Brembo racing brakes to Nissan branded brakes which are manufactured by Akebono.
The coefficient of drag is 0.30 and 0.29 with the Sport Package, figures identical to the 350Z.
Fairlady Z Coupe (2008–2013)
The Japanese model of the 370Z Coupe went on sale in December 1, 2008.
370Z Coupe (2009–2013)
The vehicle was unveiled in the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, with sales of the North American model beginning at Nissan dealers in early 2009.
Standard and optional equipment includes 19-inch RAYS wheels, Bluetooth, Sirius/XM satellite radio, heated electric seats, viscous limited slip differential, Bose sound system with dual subwoofers and 6-CD changer, and automatic climate control.
Deliveries of the European model began in April 2009.
370Z Roadster (2009–2013)
The touring model adds heated and cooling leather-appointed power net seats, a 6-CD Bose audio system with 8 speakers (with dual subwoofer) and MP3/WMA playback, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, and aluminium-trimmed pedals.
Touring model also includes following options:
- Sport Package: adds 19-inch RAYS forged wheels with Bridgestone Potenza tires, Nissan Akebono Sport Brakes, SynchroRev Match (6-speed manual transmission only), and a Viscous Limited Slip Differential.
- Navigation Package: adds touch-screen Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic real-time traffic information, a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback, and a USB port for iPod connectivity.
370Z Roadster went on sale in late summer 2009 as 2010 model year vehicle. Early models include the 370Z and 370Z Touring, with Sport Package and Navigation packages for the 370Z Touring.
European models went on sale as 2010 model year vehicles.
The Roadster will be discontinued in the US market after the 2019 model year. However, it will continue to be sold in Canada.
NISMO 370Z (2009–2013)
The NISMO version was introduced for the 2009 model year. The engine produces 350 hp (355 PS; 261 kW) at 7,400 rpm and 276 lb⋅ft (374 N⋅m) of torque at 5,200 rpm with revised ECU settings and exhaust setup. Transmission choice is limited to a 6-speed manual with Nissan's new "SynchroRev Match" function. Handling is improved via stiffened springs and stabilizer bars compared to the 370Z Coupe. Other equipment includes 19-inch RAYS forged aluminium-alloy wheels with Yokohama ADVAN Sport Y-rated tires (P245/40ZR19 front, P285/35ZR19 rear), 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors, NISMO Sport Brakes with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminium calipers, and a fully integrated chin spoiler.
The vehicle went on sale in June 2009.
US model went on sale on June 17, 2009 with an MSRP of US$39,130.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show.
For 2015, the Nissan 370Z NISMO has seen various updates: an automatic (seven-speed) transmission, a built-in navigation system, and tweaks to its restyled front and rear fascia and body trim.
A 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO with a restyled front end.
2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO rear (Note: The smaller rear spoiler and larger brake heat extractor vents.)
Fairlady Z Roadster, Fairlady Z 40th Anniversary (2009–2013)
Sales of the Japanese model of the 370Z Roadster began on October 15, 2009.
The Fairlady Z 40th Anniversary is a limited version of the Fairlady Z coupe Version ST for the Japanese market. It was built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original Fairlady Z. It includes:
- A choice of a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission
- Real Leather/Suede-like Fabric Combination Seat specifically made for the 40th Anniversary model & Door trim (color: red)
- Memorial engraving on the seat back. ("40th Anniversary")
- Real leather-covered steering (with red stitches)
- Real leather-covered shift knob
- Console boot (with red stitches)
- Instrument panel upper box (with red stitches)
- Kneepads in the driver and passenger seats (with red stitches)
- Special emblem (in the rear) for the 40th Anniversary model
- RAYS special aluminium forging wheels for the 40th Anniversary model (dark chrome color coating)
- Special SPORT Brake Calipers for the 40th Anniversary model. (color: red)
- body colour: Metal Gray (Multi flex color) (Special color for the 40th Anniversary model), Premium Deep Maroon (P), Brilliant White Pearl (3P), Brade Silver (M), Diamond Black (P), Vibrant Red (C)
370Z Yellow (2009)
The 370Z Yellow is a limited edition of the 370Z GT Pack coupe for the British market, inspired by the European GT4 race car. It includes an Ultimate Yellow body colour, 19-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels, black leather and suede interior upholstery, integrated satellite navigation system, illuminated entry plates, special mats and a Bose audio with 8 speakers and a 6-CD autochanger.
The vehicle went on sale in September 2009 for £31,650 (manual) or £33,050 (automatic).
A North American version, was also available with a different paint color called Chicane Yellow for 2009 only, is otherwise identical to 370Zs. Chicane Yellow was also available the following model year for an extra $500 in North America as the only extra cost color with other colors available for no additional charge.
370Z Nürburgring Edition (2009)
The 370Z Nürburgring Edition is a limited (80 units) version of the 370Z coupe for the German market. It includes a Premium Ultimate Yellow body colour, special decals, a more sonorous Cobra exhaust system, a numbered plaque, 19-inch OZ alloy wheels, Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT tires (255/40 R19 front, 285/35 R19 back) and a €150 gift card redeemable at the Nürburgring.
370Z 40th Anniversary Edition (2010)
The 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition is a limited (1,000 units) version based on the 370Z Coupe Touring, built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Datsun 240Z arriving in North America. It includes a manual transmission, Sport Package (including SynchroRev Match, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, Nissan Sport Brakes, 19-inch RAYS forged aluminium-alloy wheels and viscous limited-slip differential), special "40th Anniversary Graphite" exterior color, red leather interior upholstery, a high-luster smoke wheel finish, red brake calipers, 40th Anniversary badges on the rear hatch and front strut tower brace, red door panel inserts, 40th Anniversary seatback and floormat embroidery, and red stitching on the center stack, shift boot and kneepads. It also has a leather steering wheel with red stitching, a plaque of authenticity, and a commemorative premium satin car cover.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show.
The vehicle went on sale in spring 2010.
370Z Black Edition (2010–2011)
The 370Z Black Edition is a limited (370 units) version of the 370Z Coupe commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Datsun 240Z launch in the US market. It was built for the European market. It includes unique red leather & suede appointed interior (seats & door trim) with embossed 40th Anniversary logo seats, smooth leather wrapped steering wheel with red stitching, red stitching on the centre cluster, centre console and knee pads; Nissan's Connect Premium combined touch-screen satellite navigation and audio system with USB connectivity, dark grey 19" aluminium forged RAYS wheels, red brake calipers, 40th Anniversary emblem on the back door.
The vehicle went on sale from all Nissan High Performance Centres and throughout the dealer network with deliveries starting in April.
BRE 370Z (2010)
The BRE 370Z is a version of the 2010 Nissan NISMO 370Z Coupe built to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Z's First National Championship. the 370Z commemorative car was built by STILLEN and it includes a red, white and blue BRE paint scheme designed by Pete Brock.
The vehicle was unveiled at the BRE Reunion dinner at the Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta on Thursday, April 29, 2010.
Fairlady Z version NISMO (2011–2013)
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon, and later at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.
2011 Model Year Nissan 370Z Coupe and Roadster (2011–2013)
Changes to the 370Z Coupe and Roadster for the 2011 model year include:
- a new tire pressure monitoring system
- a rear view camera integrated into the Nissan Premium Connect satellite navigation system
- improved isolation of road noise on the Coupé
- automatic versions of both Coupé and Roadster have a revised 'Snow' setting for enhanced grip when setting off on ice and snow
- GT Pack versions add heated and ventilated leather/suede seats, a premium BOSE sound system, cruise control, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, Synchro Rev Control technology on the manual version along with Uphill Start Support
European models went on sale as 2011 model year vehicles.
370Z GT Edition (2011–2012)
The 370Z GT Edition is a version of the 370Z Coupé commemorating Nissan's global success in GT racing and 40 years of the Z in the UK. It is built for the UK market and it includes a choice of 3 body colours, (Pearl White, Kuro (metallic) black and Black Rose), grey 'GT' stripes running along the flanks of the car, 19 inch RAYS forged alloy wheels in dark anthracite colour, retuned dampers to provide the ideal balance between ride comfort and high-speed handling, a rear view parking camera as part of the Premium Connect satellite navigation system, a tyre pressure monitoring system, seven-speed automatic option with snow mode and revised underbody insulation to reduce road noise.
The vehicle went on sale starting at £35,000, and deliveries began on 1 June 2011.
|Body type ((CBA-)Z34)||Coupe||Roadster|
|Model||Years||Type/code||Power, [email protected]|
|370Z (North America)||2009—||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR)||337 PS (248 kW; 332 hp)@7000, 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|370Z (Black Edition)||2010—?||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR)||328 PS (241 kW; 324 hp)@?, [email protected]?|
|370Z (Europe)||2009—||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR)||331 PS (243 kW; 326 hp)@7000, 366 N⋅m (270 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|370Z (UK)||2011—||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR)||328 PS (241 kW; 324 hp)@7000, 363 N⋅m (268 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|NISMO 370Z||2009—||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR (NISMO Version))||355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)@7400, 374 N⋅m (276 lb⋅ft)@5200|
All models (including the 2015 Nismo) include either a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual transmission. SynchroRev Match system for 6-speed manual transmission is included with the Sport Package.
The 0–60 mph acceleration times are as follows:
Nissan 370Z Coupe (6-speed manual transmission): 4.7 seconds
Nissan 370Z Coupe (7-speed automatic with manual shift mode): 4.6 seconds
Nissan 370Z Roadster: mid-5s seconds
1/4 mile (coupe): 13.3 seconds at 105.7 mph
1/4 mile (roadster): mid-14s seconds at 102.9 mph
Skidpad (coupe): 0.99 g
Skidpad (roadster): 1.00 g
Braking, 60-0 mph (roadster): 103 ft
|Curb weight||3,232 pounds (1,466 kg) (base)|
|Wheelbase||100.4 in (2,550 mm)|
|Length||167.1 in (4,240 mm)|
|Width||72.8 in (1,850 mm)|
|Height||51.8 in (1,320 mm)|
- US trims: 370Z (base), Sport, Touring, Sport Touring, NISMO
- Japan trims: Fairlady Z (base), Fairlady Z Version S, Fairlady Z Version T, Fairlady Z Version ST, Fairlady Z Version NISMO
Awards & recognition
The Nissan 370Z is featured in Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Undercover video game which was released on November 18, 2008. This allowed people to drive the 370Z in-game prior to the vehicle's actual release. Nissan claimed it to be the first time an automaker had a vehicle world premiere by partnering with a video game company. It was featured in the Xbox 360 racing simulator Forza Motorsport 3, and featured in the PlayStation 3 driving simulator game Gran Turismo 5, it was also featured in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The 370Z also made its debut on the arcade racing game Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3DX. The car also appeared in the Asphalt franchise, and Real Racing 3 .
A version of Megatron Fairlady Z was produced by Takara TOMY, as part of the Transformers Alternity toy line.
As part of the UK market launch, a TV commercial featuring a Nissan 370Z vs racing chickens was produced.
As part of Nissan's plan to build the ultimate 370Z track car, a campaign allowing fans to vote which components will be used in the project took place in association with Facebook and Autoblog. The suspension choices (hosted by Autoblog) include NISMO S-Tune Springs and Dampers, KW Variant 3s and an A'PEXi S1 Damper System. The completed vehicle includes a GReddy twin turbo kit, GReddy Ti-C catback exhaust system, KW Variant 3 suspension, Stoptech big brake kit with 2 piece aerorotors, Volk TE37SL wheels and a Metalloy decal kit.
The Nissan 370Z has enjoyed some successes in motorsport. Notably, in drifting Chris Forsberg campaigned a twin turbo, 812 horsepower, 676 lb-ft torque VQ37DE 370Z in the 2017 Formula DRIFT season. After an engine failure in the debut round, he piloted his backup 370Z. This car was powered by a 5.6L V8 swapped from a Nissan Titan and produced over 1,000 horsepower. 
2013 model year update (2012–2020)
New features for the 2013 model year include:
- Refreshed front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights (except NISMO 370Z)
- A new 18-inch wheel design for 370Z Coupe
- Two new body colours – Magma Red and Midnight Blue
- The Sport Package equipped models include a new larger 19-inch wheel design, with larger red-color brake calipers and Euro-tuned shock absorbers.
- The Sport Tech Package equipped models include the Sport Package features, plus a touch-screen audio and navigation screen.
- The NISMO 370Z includes 5-spoke 19-inch RAYS forged aluminium-alloy wheels with a dark-finish, revised brake system components, optional Bose Premium Audio Package (six speakers, in-dash 6CD changer, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, auto-dimming inside mirror, and HomeLink Universal Transceiver), and Magma Red body colour option.
The 370Z coupe was unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
The 370Z coupe and 370Z roadster were unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Sale of the vehicle began in June 2012.
Fairlady Z Coupe, Roadster, Fairlady Z Version NISMO (2012–2020)
Changes to the Fairlady Z Coupe and Roadster include:
- new front bumper with LED hyper daylight
- Dark chrome colour 19-inch aluminium wheel standard in Coupe Version ST and Version S, optional in Roadster Version ST
- 18-inch aluminium wheel from Fairlady Z Roadster for Coupe (except Version ST and Version S)
- Red brake calipers as standard on Coupe Version S and Version ST, Roadster Version ST
- 2 new body colours premium sun flare orange and dark blue for total of 8 colours
- Base colour for car information display is changed to dark metallic grey
- Front and rear shock absorbers are tuned to improve stability (Coupe Version S and Version ST, Roadster Version ST)
- Brake pads use new friction material to improve stability when braking from high speed to low-medium speed, and improved fade endurance (Coupe Version S and Version ST, Roadster Version ST)
Changes to Fairlady Z Version NISMO include:
- Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires
- Increased body rigidity
- Suspension tuning
The Fairlady Z Version NISMO was unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.
The vehicles went on sale on July 18, 2012.
Fairlady Z NISMO Z-Challenge Spec (2013)
It is a race car based on the Fairlady Z for the Z-Challenge single-spec race series.
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.
370Z NISMO (2014–2020)
The 2014 370Z NISMO is an updated version of the NISMO 370Z with:
- new dark gray coloring added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents
- Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red body colour option
- addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents
- addition of red NISMO tachometer
- Bridgestone POTENZA S001 tyres (245/40ZR19 front, 285/35ZR19 rear)
The vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, followed by the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The US model was set to go on sale in summer 2013.
Fairlady Z NISMO (2013–2020)
The Fairlady Z NISMO is an updated version of the Fairlady Z Version NISMO with:
- Special front bumper (Front LED hyper daytime running lights are not installed)
- Special door
- Special side sill protectors
- Special rear bumper and rear fog lamps
- Special rear spoiler
- Special fender molding (front and rear)
- NISMO badges (front and rear)
- Four available exterior colors: Brilliant White Pearl, Brilliant Silver, Diamond Black and Vibrant Red
- Special combination seats made with genuine leather and suede-like fabric (with ‘nismo' logo and red stitching)
- Alcantara-covered steering wheel with three spokes (featuring a red center mark and red stitching)
- Special genuine leather shift knob (smooth leather)
- Special console boot (with red stitching)
- Special door trim (with red stitching)
- Special serial number plate
- Special instrument cluster (with ‘nismo' logo, red tachometer dial and 280-km/h speedometer)
- Special instrument upper box (with red stitching)
- Special knee cushion pads for the driver and passenger (with red stitching)
- Special engine cover
- Customized suspension system (springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars)
- Special highly rigid compression rod bushings
- RAYS special forged aluminium-alloy wheels (with ‘Nismo' logo, dark metallic coating)
- Special Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires (front: 245/40R19, rear: 285/35R19)
- Special high-rigid brake hose
- High-performance brake fluid
- Four-wheel aluminium-caliper opposed-piston brakes
- Special vehicle speed-sensing power steering system
- Special strut tower bar (with ‘nismo' logo)
- Special front member brace
- Special under-luggage brace
- Special rear under-floor V-bar
- Special Yamaha performance dampers (front and rear)
The vehicle went on sale on June 24, 2013.
|NISMO 370Z||2012-||No NISMO roadster available|
|Model||Years||Type/code||Power, [email protected]|
|370Z (North America)||2012-||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR)||337 PS (248 kW; 332 hp)@7000, 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|NISMO 370Z||2012-||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR (NISMO Version))||355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)@7400, 374 N⋅m (276 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|370Z NISMO (North America)||2013-||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR (NISMO Version))||355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)@7400, 374 N⋅m (276 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|370Z NISMO (Europe)||2013-||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR (NISMO Version))||349 PS (257 kW; 344 hp)@7400?, 374 N⋅m (276 lb⋅ft)@5200?|
|Fairlady Z (Japan)||2012-||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR)||336 PS (247 kW; 331 hp)@7000, 365 N⋅m (269 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|Fairlady Z Version NISMO||2012-||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR (NISMO Version))||355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)@7400, 374 N⋅m (276 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|Fairlady Z NISMO||2013-||3,696 cc (226 cu in) V6 (VQ37VHR (NISMO Version))||355 PS (261 kW; 350 hp)@7400, 374 N⋅m (276 lb⋅ft)@5200|
|370Z (North America)||2012-||Coupe: 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic|
Roadster: 6-speed manual (touring only), 7-speed automatic
|370Z NISMO (North America)||2013-||6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic, (2015 present)|
|370Z NISMO (Europe)||2013-||6-speed manual|
|Fairlady Z Version (Japan)||2012-||coupe: 6-speed manual (base, Version T, Version ST), 7-speed automatic (base, Version S, Version ST)|
roadster: 6-speed manual (Version T, Version ST), 7-speed automatic (base, Version ST)
|Fairlady Z Version NISMO (Japan)||2012-||6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic|
|Fairlady Z NISMO (Japan)||2013-||6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic|
The 7-speed automatic transmission includes a manual shift mode, paddle shifters and Downshift Rev Matching. The 6-speed manual transmission includes SynchroRev Match synchronized Downshift Rev Matching system.
- US trims: 370Z (base), Touring, Sport, Sport Tech, NISMO, NISMO Tech (2017 -2018 only)
- Japan trims: Fairlady Z (base (coupe, roadster 6MT)), Fairlady Z Version S (coupe 6MT), Fairlady Z Version ST, Fairlady Z Version T (7AT), Fairlady Z Version NISMO, Fairlady Z NISMO
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