2015 Nissan 370Z Will Make You Smile For Not A Lot Of Money
The Nissan Z series is fairly successful. Ever since they’ve introduced the 350Z back in 2002 the whole motoring world became much richer for an affordable, yet powerful sports car. The Nissan 370Z just upped the game a bit. It was introduced in 2009 and it brings a sleeker and more elegant design thus positioning the Z series a bit more up market than before. For the 2015 model year, the biggest novelty is the introduction of the long awaited NISMO 370Z which was basically a hunkered down, more aggressive and better looking version of the 370Z. However, even the usual 370Z was updated a bit with the slightly changed front end and better equipped interior. However, the engine in it remained the same. A 3.7 liter V6 unit delivering 338 HP is possibly one of the best executed engines of its size in this segment and the power it provides is enough to catapult the 370Z to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds (with manual transmission), or 5.6 seconds (with 7 speed automatic).
We know you saw faster cars out there, but the affordability of this car and the tech every driver gets in it, even in the entry level form, is something to be excited about. As the engine is tuned to provide exceptional power at all costs and in all conditions, the 370Z received full sports equipment you could expect from a car that is basically a very cheap Porsche Cayman. Despite being on the cheap side of the market, the 2015 Nissan 370Z is a formidable sports car. With rigid chassis, nicely weighted independent suspension on all four corners and some special transmission treats for the real car geeks, the 370Z is the ultimate tuners car. Actually, Nissan officials even noted in one of their press releases that the NISMO version of the 2015 Nissan 370Z is the car tuners are carving for. And, you know what, they are probably right. Rear wheel drive setup with beffie wheels at the back promises insane fun for everyone that has ever sat behind the wheel of a sports car. The drifts in this car are easier to maneuver than in some beemers (which is an astonishing feat quite frankly) and if equipped properly (read NISMO trim) it can be a really interesting track car.
However, some were not fond of the automatic transmission this car can be equipped with. Apparently, the transmission is rather slow and sluggish making the 370Z a bit less entertaining and a bit more annoying. Luckily, manual is on offer, but the sales results are brutal – more than 60 percent of buyers opt for the 7 speed automatic. Nevertheless, some 20 percent of the buyers opt for the NISMO version and apart from the nicely done exterior with additions throughout the body, the Nissan 370Z Nismo comes with better sorted suspension, stiffer dampers and springs, stiffer chassis, better weighted steering and even more powerful engine.
In here 3.7 liter is tuned to deliver exactly 350 HP and 276lb ft of torque. That is enough for this car to accelerate to 60 in less than 5 seconds (when the conditions are absolutely perfect maybe you can hit 4.7 sec to 60 mph). This is nice for a car that costs less than the entry level Porsche Cayman.
All in all, the 2015 Nissan 370Z in every form that is actually available is a car that will not let you down. It’s fairly fast, somewhat comfortable during normal ride and rather nice looking in its final iterations.