Nissan 370Z Review

By Monmi   |  October 31, 2013


Nissan's Z-Series car tradition goes back to 1969, when the company was called Datsun. In 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the latest Z-Series was launched as the 2009 Nissan 370Z that came with a bigger engine and the long ago jettisoning of the Datsun brand. In all these years, Nissan stuck to a naming convention representative of the car's engine displacement, putting the 370Z at 3.7-litres, the biggest engine yet in a Z-Series car.

The 370Z is Nissan's third offering in the Indian car market. The iconic Nissan 370Z is a two-seater sport coupe that comes with breath-taking performance, cutting edge technology and stylish flowing design. This sports car manifests the famous quality of “Z-ness”, meaning a rear-wheel drive configuration and an emphasis on user-friendly considerations.

The design features of 370Z boasts of signature Z elements - the long nose, canopy cockpit, muscular fenders, vertical door handles is a more wheel-oriented, organic design with a sense of precision and agility. It features a front aluminium sub frame, aluminium-alloy engine cradle, aluminium door panels, an all-aluminium hood, and an aluminium hatch. It comes in eight attractive colours with two interior leather colour options — Persimmon Orange and Black.

Nissan 370Z Review

Nissan 370Z Performance Review

Powertrain & Performance

The Nissan 370Z comes in two variants — Touring Coupe MT and Touring Coupe AT. Both the variants are powered by a VQ37VHR 3.7 L DOHC (Double Overhead Camshaft) V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL). This robust engine can churn out a whopping power of 332 bhp and 363 Nm of torque. Power delivery to the rear wheels comes through a new 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters in the Touring Coupe AT and the Touring Coupe MT is driven by a 6-speed manual transmission, which features the world's first synchronized downshift rev-matching system or Synchro Rev Match.

The 370Z's new 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. The new 7-speed's wide gear ratios offer improved fuel efficiency, while the Adaptive Shift Control is designed to adjust to the driver's driving style. The Z-Series' advanced braking system provides improved overall brake feel, better fade resistance and improved NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). The Nissan 370Z can clock 100 km in a cool 5.1 sec.

Nissan 370Z Build, Styling Review

Build & Styling

The 370Z has been conceived as an “Everyday Sports Car”, bringing to life the sweet spot of performance, style and value, which symbolises the DNA of Nissan cars. With 2-link double-wishbone aluminium-alloy suspension with aluminium sub-frame on the front and 4-link aluminium-alloy suspension at the rear, the Nissan 370Z can react quickly to the driver or bumps in the road giving a constant smooth ride. This coupe rides on 19-inch 5-spoke forged alloy wheels.

The 370Z comes in a streamlined, muscular stance which is further enhanced by the boomerang shaped headlamps and tail lights. The new Z logo side turning lights represents the pride of owning this powerful model and wide body of 370Z shows an aspect of a well-trained athlete that embodies the thrill of driving.

Coming inside the 370Z, there is a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length centre console separating the driver and passenger's seat. 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. 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 centre console box with a new non-intrusive cover design, automatic climate control, rear window defroster with timer, two 12 volt power outlets, four cup holders - two in door panels and two in centre console, dual overhead map lights and a AM/FM/CD/AUX 8-speaker BOSE audio system with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.

The standard 4-wheel vented disc brake system includes Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) as safety features. Other standard safety features include high-mounted stop lamp, SRS air bags in front and sides, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), engine immobiliser and anti-theft alarm.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    Synchro Rev Match. Adaptive Shift Control. ABS with EBD and BA.
  • Cons

    Too Pricey.