Nissan 370Z Nismo Review
The 370Z Coupe Gets Beastly
Nissan introduced their ‘Z’ cars way back in 1969, the Datsun 240Z two-seater sports car becoming iconic over the years and to prove its popularity it’s now in its sixth generation with the 370Z.
What is the spec like on the Nissan 370Z Nismo?
The Nissan 370Z Nismo is bit like the wolf in Red Riding Hood, Nissan have taken a 370Z, added a a Storm White cloak and underneath it snarls a beast. Powered by a throaty sounding 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 253 PS with 371 Nm of torque it has a top speed of 155mph and 0-62 mph takes just 5.2 seconds, but it feels much quicker than that. To say it’s quick is an understatement; I had a six-speed manual transmission to play with, but it’s also available as a seven-speed paddle shift automatic. It revs smoothly through the box with the addition of the synchro rev control that blips the throttle on downshifts to make gear changes smoother. It’s lazy for the driver but clever from a manual box as it prevents clunkiness if ’Synchro rev’ not selected, but most of all gives an orgasm to the ears.
It has dark grey front and side skirts, a huge rear spoiler, grey mirrors with a contrasting red line running through them, the tiniest front grille, silver door handles, dual exhausts, ‘Z‘ emblems on the indicators and is finished off with 19-inch alloys. See this car in your mirrors and you can’t help but gawp, or if you’re a seven year old on the way to school, you just stop and stare, then have a grin so large on your face it looks like you’ve slept with a coat hanger in your mouth. Look in the mirrors and the wheel arches make the 370Z look like it has saddlebags. People just cannot help themselves from looking at it.
The interior is what you might expect from a sportscar, seats are low, visibility isn’t great thanks to the rear spoiler and there is a blind spot problem with the driver’s door mirror being big and rather close. The sports seats are extremely comfortable, the driver’s one comes with thigh and lumbar support, with the Nismo logo embroidered on them with contrasting red stitching. The steering wheel is only height adjustable, not reach and emblazoned with a ‘Z’ on it is a mix of leather and alcantara. Always like a bit of the latter to make it feel fast and like a GT car at Le Mans.
There is a brushed metal effect around the orange illuminated dials but it is plastic which lessens the quality of the interior. The designers have designed an amazing exterior, then realised they needed to do the inside. It is typically Japanese. There is a high resolution touchscreen that features satellite navigation, a rear view camera and media, which can be connected to an iPod. The boot space isn’t very large or deep and an airport drop off proved to be quite a challenge when trying to fit a large bag in it. Cubby holes behind the seats did store my small handbag very well...
Equipment includes LED rear lamps, Nismo aerodynamic body kit, heated seats, a Bose sound system, cruise control, audio and Bluetooth controls on the steering wheel, climate control and daytime running lights.
What’s it like to drive?
The ride is not ideal for the everyday road. If the car could talk it would have told me that it likes tarmac that is smooth as anything not and your teeth feel like they’re going to fall out. This is not a commuter car, especially if your starting point is in the countryside.
If you really are on roads where you can have a play, then Nissan have the obvious traction control button which you can switch off, if you’re feeling brave but as I did not want to leave ‘number elevens’ on the road as I powered away from a standing start I left it well and truly on.
Steering is on the heavy side and has electric power speed sensitive steering, for long periods my right arm especially would ache from trying to keep the wheel straight.
Now for fuel economy, or lack of it, I managed to achieve a combined 25.4 mpg figure and CO2 emissions are 248g/km which makes for high running costs.
Safety equipment includes ABS, EBD, Vehicle Dynamic Control, driver, passenger and side and curtain airbags.
Nissan 370Z Nismo price and verdict
The 370Z Nismo will set you back £36,995. Although it sounds pricey if you want something sporty, quick and noisy, it still should be worth considering as it will beat an M3 / M4 on a B road. As much as I liked it, the ride makes it definitely built for the track and high running costs and a substandard interior does let it down.
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Everyday ride comfort