I always did like the 350Z and when the 370Z came out and it was much more than just an engine upgrade it made me even more excited. I have been looking for an opportunity to drive one of these for a while now and finally got the chance to, not just drive a 370Z but the Nismo.
Obviously the 370 has Nissan’s 3.7 liter V6; in the regular 370Z this produces 332 horsepower, but in the Nismo they’ve pushed that to 350 hp. This Nismo was equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission but it’s offered with a 7-speed auto if that’s your thing. I loved the manual shifter with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match technology. When you push the button to engage the system then down shift into a lower gear, the revs will pop-up allowing you to have maximal power at the right time. Race car drivers do this to keep the revs up around corners so they don’t lose speed, but they do it using a system called heal-toe. The SynchroRev mimics this action and if nothing else is pretty cool.
One thing I’ve always heard about the Nismo is that it’s a fun car but too harsh for everyday driving. I guess this really depends on the individual and where they drive or what they are looking to get out of a car. For me, yes it’s too harsh for everyday. I’ve talked to others and they have been fine with it. One thing I can say for sure is that when you do get an open and smooth road, this thing comes alive! It’s quick and pointed, you are easily pushed into your racing style seat and when it’s time to stop the 4-piston Nismo sport brakes take care of you.
This really is an all out sports car and the only reason I don’t own one is because I need back seats.
Thanks to our friends at Non-Stock Photography for the photos.
Car was driven and reviewed by Adam Moore at the Texas Auto Roundup in conjunction with the .