Nissan 370Z: A Quick Review
If you’re searching for maximum bhp for your buck, the Nissan 370Z could be the solution. With a 3.7 litre 324bhp V6 under the hood, the Porsche Cayman and the Audi TT are outstripping rivals and undercutting them on the price. It offers lively back wheel handling, and its muscular styling will undoubtedly turn the heads, but all this is not without compromise. Fuel usage and insurance costs are too high, while refining is low on the 370Z list.
Engines, Drive and Performance
Behind the seat, the Nissan 370Z Coupe is just as brawny as it looks. The V6 provides good speed, and manual gearshift and heavy handling require firm feedback to achieve the desired results. The control box includes Syncro Rev technology, which dynamically matches the downshift engine rpm to the shift down gear. An outstanding automatic transmission is also generally available. While noisy, the V6 engine could sound more tuned, and the noise of the road and winds are distracting.
The 2018 revamp introduced with it an elevated clutch and an up-to-date shock, but you’d be hard pressed to find any of these in everyday use; the 370Z remains a tough-driving car around the area, while the rattly gearbox and heavy steering mean that a reasonable amount of effort is required to drive. While it may look fresh after all of these years and its purchase price is appealingly low, the 370Z driving experience is obviously old-school. Once the high operating costs have been taken into account, more new, cheaper-to-run rivals would have a greater overall appeal.
MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Owning a 324bhp coupe is always going to break the bank, but with a purchase price of less than the price of Porsche Cayman, the 370Z is getting off to a decent start. Official fuel usage is 26.6mpg with Carbon emission of 248g/km for the manual and slightly improved 26.9mpg and 245g/km for the car.
In the back world, however, you’re unlikely to match those numbers. Insurance is not going to be inexpensive either, though there are relatively short 9,000-mile coverage periods. Equipment count is reasonably generous, with the regular model providing full auto temperature control, Bluetooth telephone link and Xenon headlamps.
Interior, design and technology
The 370Z is a conventional high performance two-seater performance car, with a cabin pushed back and a long hatch to hold the V6 engine. Puffy bodywork and 19-inch alloy wheels don’t disguise the fact that this car is built to go fast, while clever design details like the slingshot front and rear headlights really set it apart. Fall to the low-sleep seats and explore a cabin that is enticing and original, but lacks the quality depth of the Audi TT or BMW Z4.
Reliability and Safety
The company has a good reliability record, and the 370Z V6 engine is well. The safety package includes a regular pop-up cap, which is used in the case of an accident to prevent injuries to pedestrians. The Nissan comes with six airbags and active headrests-although it lacks some of the new safety kits, such as automated emergency braking. Like other versions in the Nissan line, the 370Z has three years or 60,000 miles of producer warranty coverage.