Hello, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy writing about the Nissan 370Z Nismo. The nice people at Nissan Australia invited me to test drive and review the latest car in their ‘performance range’ the 2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo coupe. Unfortunately, in the week I had it, the Queensland weather has been less than ideal. Rain, slippery roads and more rain is not the ideal conditions to road test a performance car unless you were contemplating drifting it, and no it wasn’t on my agenda.

I’m not imagining having to call the people at Nissan and telling them that I’d crashed their Nissan 370Z Nismo into an Armco barrier, or anything else less forgiving. So here I am tootling around like a 60-year-old, running up and down the gears pretending to be immune to the rain.

There’s significant history with the Z branding at Nissan. The first Z car was released in 1969 – the 240Z came out at a time that made it one of the very few Japanese sports cars on the market. Fast forward to 2017 and there’s been a plethora of Z’s – 240Z, 280ZX, 300ZX, 350Z, 370Z and now the Nismo.

From the start, Nissan used performance engines in the Zed – 2.4 litres, then to a 2.6 litre, 2.8 litres and eventually a 3.0 litre engine in the 300ZX. A 3.5 litre was fitted to the 350z and now we have a 3.7 litre V6 in the 370Z Nismo

Old Zed’s are fetching crazy prices in Australia. A trawl through the online sites shows cars in various stages of repair from $20,000 to $60,000 and more. So, if you’ve got one and it’s in fair to good condition, hang onto it – there’s no doubt, in my opinion, that it will increase in value in the years to come

As to non-factory upgrades, you have a wide range of choice if you want to risk your warranty – chip upgrades, superchargers, Garret Twin Turbos’,  suspension and more. The kW output of the standard car is around 235kw but if your pockets are deep enough there’s any number of performance shops that will extract up to 370kw with an extreme kit.

So let’s get into the review and do The Car Guy walk around. Important note for my readers – normally I don’t talk about performance in my reviews, but this is a sports car and for sports car type people, I’ll give you enough information for your knowledge.

Front

Nissan 370Z Nismo

The Nismo’s aggressive front end looks the part

An aggressive front end with a large air opening under the front bumper makes the Nissan 370Z Nismo stand out from the crowd. The overall shape is generational and you can still see the styling cues from the original car nearly 50 years ago. From a driving position, the bonnet disappears – it’s not as long as it once was. Y shape headlights (and tail lights) are distinctive. An alloy bonnet reduces the weight over the front wheels

 

 

 

 

 

Under the Bonnet

Nissan 370Z Nismo

3.7 litre V6 – Tower Brace, Excellent suspension

As the car’s nomenclature suggests we’re faced with a 3.7 litre V6 engine – produces about 253kw of power which is more than sufficient in a car weighing a bit over 1500kg un-laden and 1800kg with a full load, a driver a passenger and a full load of fuel (72 litres) 5.2 seconds 0-100 klm isn’t the quickest around, but it’s no slug at all and value for speed is excellent. The part with the Nismo badge is a suspension brace – couple with the Nismo excellent suspension set up, it makes the handling fantastic overall.

Surprise and Delight Features

Nissan 370Z Nismo

SynchroMatch Function is fantastic – first of it’s kind in a reasonably priced sport car?

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 activated with a button next to the gearshift by the driver who wants the car to automatically do the doing part or deactivated with the same button for drivers who prefer to shift on their own

 

 

 

 

Driver’s Seat

Short throw gearshift – driving a performance car, it’s better if you don’t have a long way to move the gear lever between gears. That’s what a short throw gearshift is. Makes changing gears when driving a bit harder than normal better.

Instrumentation is clear and concise with the rev counter positioned right in front of the driver. Not so happy with some of the controls on the steering wheel particularly the volume control for the sound. It’s a bit too small for my larger fingers, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Passenger Side and Safety – Nissan 370Z Nismo

I’m in love with the brushed chrome door handles and the overall side look of the 370Z Nismo. The designers have kept the traditional Zed look – and along with the red highlight side skirts and the illuminated Z badge makes the Nismo purposeful.

As far as safety is concerned, the tech is very good, but not necessarily at the top of the options list. Missing, in my opinion, is adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and emergency braking functionality.

19” Alloy Wheels are standard

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Brake Assist (BA)

Child restraint anchorage points

Driver seatbelt warning light

Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)

Energy-absorbing steering column

Front and rear crumple zones

Nissan Anti-Theft System vehicle immobiliser

Rear view camera with Predictive Path technology

Seatbelts, 3 point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

Seatbelts, front load limiters and pre-tensioners

Side intrusion bars

SRS airbags, Driver and front passenger front-impact

SRS airbags, Driver and front passenger side-impact

SRS curtain airbags, door mounted

SRS curtain airbags, roof mounted

Traction Control System (TCS)

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Xenon headlights with auto leveling and washers

LED daytime running lights

LED taillights

 

Colours

8 colours are available in the Nissan 370Z Nismo range – Bordeaux, Brilliant Silver, Diamond Black, Eau rouge red, GT Blue, Gun Metallic, Chicane Yellow and my favourite, Shiro White

Warranty and Service  Nissan 370Z Nismo

myNissan Service Certainty Μ • • • • • • 3 year /100,000 kms Warranty++ • • • • • • 3 year 24 Hour Roadside Assistance Program* • • • • • • Genuine Nissan Extended Warranty~

Nissan recommends servicing every 6 months or 10,000klm and have a capped price service program for this. Including brake fluid changes, you’re looking at $5735 for 6 years or 120,000klm services

ANCAP Safety

According to official ANCAP safety ratings, the Nissan 370Z Nismo version have been tested, so I’m not able to provide ANCAP ratings

Green Vehicle Guide – Nissan 370Z Nismo, Manual

Fuel Consumption                          10.6 litres / 100klm           Combined

Air Pollution Standard                  Euro 5

Annual Fuel Cost                            $2488

Insurance

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, my go-to comparison insurance site is www.finder.com.au/car-insurance I typically get comparison quotes from Bingle, Budget Direct and then another at random. Why these 2? Simple – they’re the companies that I see on television the most. So if they’re spending big bucks on marketing, then I figure that they’ll be competitive. Here are their offers on a Nissan 370Z Nismo – the insured, me, is 60, living in postcode 4019, car garaged at night but in a driveway during the day. No accident history in the last 3 years, no suspensions, canceled license.

 Bingle (part of Suncorp)                                  $581.52

Budget Direct                                                         $447.00

Woolworths                                                            $1063.34

And here’s another reason that you should check your renewal premium every year. Why would you pay over double with Woolworths than with Budget Direct? Loyalty? I really don’t think loyalty is worth paying so much more.  Check out the comparison sites like Finder and you might be pleasantly surprised.

 

Pricing and Where to See

Nissan 370 Manual Coupe                       $54540         Drive Away in Queensland

Nissan 370Z Nismo Manual Coupe       $66442         Drive Away in Queensland

Prices indicated are approximate drive away for vehicles registered for 12 months in Queensland with dealer delivery included. For an exact price, contact one of these Nissan dealers.

Moorooka Nissan               917 Ipswich Rd Moorooka          38487811

Westpoint Nissan               440 Moggill Rd Indooroopilly     38780440

Other Vehicles to Consider (excluding on road costs)

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe                               $89000

Audi TT Coupe                                             $74700

BMW 2 Series Coupe                                $93300

Infiniti Q60 2 door Coupe                        $62900

Lexus RC200T Coupe                                 $64869

 

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