NISSAN

NISSAN 370Z COUPE 3.7 V6 [344] Nismo 3dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2276 g/km

The Nissan 370Z is pretty familiar fare and around 50 per cent of all 370Zs sold in this country are the top-line Nismo model. This time round, the Nismo has come in for a makeover. The body kit is more subtle yet more aerodynamically functional, you get some lovely Rays alloys and Recaro seats and power is rated at a healthy 344PS. It's still a bruiser, but now it's a better-looking one.

BRUISE MISSILE

Nissan's latest Nismo version of the 370Z aims to remind us that the GT-R isn't the only sports coupe it builds. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Nissan 370Z is pretty familiar fare and around 50 per cent of all 370Zs sold in this country are the top-line Nismo model. This time round, the Nismo has come in for a makeover. The body kit is more subtle yet more aerodynamically functional, you get some lovely Rays alloys and Recaro seats and power is rated at a healthy 344PS. It's still a bruiser, but now it's a better-looking one.

Background

The Nissan 370Z is a car that has, thus far, failed to live up to the standards of its predecessor, the 350Z. In 2003, in the US alone, the 350Z shifted over 36,000 units. The 370Z's best year, 2009, saw it register about a third of that. Now it sells under 7,000 cars per year there. Compare that to 26,000 Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS models - the car we know more commonly as the Toyota GT86 - in the US and you can see that the 370Z was being undercut and overlooked. It's not just in the US either. Despite some price cutting, when was the last time you saw a brand-new 370Z on the road? In order to regenerate some interest, Nissan has regrouped and considered its options. Cutting the price of the Zed at one end might tempt people from the GT86. At the other end of the range why not improve its abilities? That's the logic with the 370Z Nismo, a car that starts to show what the 370Z was always capable of.

Driving Experience

The Nismo model benefits from 16PS more under the bonnet, its peak power of 344PS now reached at 7,000rpm. After driving so many turbocharged cars, it's great to pedal something that requires a bit of work to extract the best from. It'll get to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds and run onto an electronically limited 155mph. Like all Zeds, it feels hefty and rather than dancing on its tiptoes at speed, it feels as if it's trying to punch the road surface into submission. Nissan has worked to cut road noise and the rear suspension has been softened quite markedly, so it no longer bucks about on poor road surfaces. The seats are excellent, offering plenty of lateral support and the manual gearbox is one you'll have great joy in slamming home. It also does a throttle blip on the downshift to rev match the engine speed to the lower ratio. At higher revs there's still a lot of vibration coming through wheel and gear lever, but that's almost a Zed trademark and makes the car feel vivid and alive. There's a real excitement to driving this car fast and that's no bad thing. Sports cars should get you a bit juiced when you put them through their paces.

Design and Build

You're probably quite familiar with the 370Z shape by now, as it's been on sale here in the UK since 2009. The Nismo model amps up the attitude a bit, but not as much as some prior Nismo-badged cars. Only available with the coupe body, the 370Z Nismo can be identified by a redesigned front bumper which gets a larger air intake, additional air inlets ahead of the wheel arch and LED daytime running lights. Other updates include the introduction of black headlamp bezels, red Nismo trim at the base of the bumper, a redesigned side sill and door mirror and some Nismo badging. The 19-inch Rays alloy wheels are finished in black and silver. Move round to the rear end and you'll spot a revised bumper and spoiler. As part of a complete rework of the 370Z Nismo's aero package, this version features a smaller rear spoiler that works in tandem with the front bumper to create significantly more downforce. What's more, the force is now more evenly distributed over the front and rear axles, giving a more balanced feeling on the road. The interior gets a sportier makeover and feels a generally pleasant place, although the steering column still doesn't telescope. It's still a two-seater-only cabin but there is a reasonable 235-litres of luggage space behind the seats.

Market and Model

Here's the kicker though. You can buy a standard 370Z for £27,435 and you'll probably be able to carve some off that with a bit of negotiation, making it cheaper than most typical Toyota GT86s. The Nismo model, on the other hand, costs a good deal more, retailing at £37,575. Is it ten grand better than the standard car? That's a question you'll need to answer, but Nissan has really thrown the options book at this one. As well as the additional power, bigger alloy wheels and the body styling, the Nismo also gets some fantastic Recaro Sportster seats that offer significant improvements in support and comfort. By adopting a shell-based construction in preference over a traditional tubular frame seat, Nissan has also been able to improve rigidity and reduce weight at the same time. To complete the interior makeover, the seats are trimmed in red and black leather and Alcantara to match the steering wheel.

Cost of Ownership

The 370Z is a car that lives to be driven hard and to do so will inevitably rack up some fairly sizeable bills. Take fuel consumption as an example. Your Nissan dealer may well quote a combined figure in the region of 27mpg but you'll need to be some kind of feather-footed freak to match those figures. On one 'enthusiastically driven' test route, we saw an average of 13.2mpg come up on the calculator. Ouch. Likewise the 370Z, while mechanically rugged, has an appetite for rear tyres if you're the sort who likes to occasionally disable the electronic control systems. You'd expect insurance to be commensurate with a car that can reach 155mph and which will jet to 60mph in just over 5 seconds: expect a Group 46 rating. Residual values for this range-topping car might be a bit of a worry but if you're thinking that sinking money into an entry-level Porsche Cayman might be a better idea, you'll need to find another £2,500 and by the time you've specified it to the level of the 370Z Nismo, your typical three-year residuals will probably be about the same.

Summary

The Nissan 370Z Nismo is a car that's tempting to dismiss out of hand; the 370Z feels like not even a has-been, more a never-was. Spend a little more time with one and it begins to worm its way into your affections. It's a big-hearted thing that's always an event to drive. You never feel like taking this car for granted, nor does it ever feel like a 'coupefied' version of a saloon car, which is exactly what many of its German rivals are. Although the Nismo version adds a few extra horsepower and some nice touches such as the Recaro seats and the Rays alloy wheels, I think its biggest benefit is throwing into relief quite what an amazing bargain the standard car is. You don't get a lot of sports car for £27,000 these days. This one will school a £40,000 Porsche Cayman on track and really punches above its weight. So are we saying not to choose the Nismo? Not at all. It certainly has its charms, but let's just say we know a bargain when we see one.

  • Electric front windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers

  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control

  • Bluetooth telephone connection

  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Power assisted steering
  • Rear view camera

  • Premium navigation system
  • Trip computer

  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors

  • Radio/6 CD autochanger
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • BOSE sound system
  • Auxiliary input socket

  • Rear wing spoiler
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Daytime running lights
  • Xenon headlights + headlight washers

  • Climate control

  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Front armrest
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Alcantara/leather steering wheel

  • 3 point front seat belts
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags

  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Driver's lumbar support
  • Sports seats
  • Electric front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • Front head restraints

  • Thatcham Category 1 alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Intelligent key with push button ignition

  • 19" RAYS alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 74
  • CO: 0.21
  • HC: 0.026
  • NOx: 0.022
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 276
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 448
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 271
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 233
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 251
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 276
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 448
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 448
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 271
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 271
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 233
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 233
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 251
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 251
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 276
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 276

  • Engine Code: VQ37VHR
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: V6
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 95.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 86
  • CC: 3696

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 18.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 36.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 14.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 14.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 23
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 23
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 27.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 23.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 23.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 19.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 19.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 12.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 12.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 12.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Nismo
  • Coin Description: V6 [344]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 9000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 344
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.7
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 44E

  • Engine Power - KW: 253
  • Engine Power - RPM: 7400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 274
  • Engine Torque - NM: 371
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 5200
  • Engine Power - BHP: 344
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.2
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 285/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: RAYS
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1315
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4330
  • Width: 1870
  • Wheelbase: 2550

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1535
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1800
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 72
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 235
  • No. of Seats: 2
  • Max. Loading Weight: 265
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

  • Metallic paint: £575
  • Pearlescent paint: £575
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - Universal Silver: £575

  • Pearl - Storm white: £575
  • Pearl - Ebisu Black: £575

  • Solid - Vibrant red: £0

  • Cloth - Black: £0

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