2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe

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2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: November 9, 2019


The Z Series of cars have had a strong fan following, since the day of inceptions of the original Z in 1969. The Fairlady, as it was called by Nissan, gave people access to proper sporty cars that didn't burn a hole in the pockets of the people. The 370Z is based on the similar ideology and is intended to do the same.

For 2019 however, Nissan thought that the Stock 370Z would not do justice to the brand. Hence, they roped in the NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) division and hence introduced the all-new 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO. The 370Z NISMO comes powered by a 3.7L V6 motor that belts out a good 350hp and 276lbs.-ft. of torque. Other than the high revving powerful motor, the 370Z NISMO sees an upgrade in the brakes, tires and suspension. On the inside, the 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO gets RECARO Alcantara leather laden bucket seats that tend to add to the sporty nature of the sports coupe. You also get the signature NISMO red tachometer that you would find in other NISMO cars and the option of either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

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Pros

Slick shifting Transmission

Good Power to Weight Ratio

Agile handling

Cons

Accommodates only 2

Low Cargo Capacity

What's New?

Car is all New for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45790

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

226 cu.in.

horsepower

350 hp @ 7400 rpm

torque

276 lbs.-ft @ 5200 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.2/62.2

dimensions

wheelbase

100.4 in.

length

170.5 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

51.8 in.

curb weight

3457 lbs.

ground clearance

11.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/26 mpg

highway range

494 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe in Magnetic Black Metallic color  2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe in Pearl White color
Magnetic Black Metallic

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Ratings

Features

4.0

Interior

6.0

5.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe NISMO

NISMO

power
350 hp @ 7400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$45,790 - $47,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $45,790 MSRP (17/20/26) 350 hp @ 7400 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $47,190 MSRP (19/22/26) 350 hp @ 7400 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

5.6

Overall Rating


Prices for the 370Z start from $45,690 for the manual transmission variant and $47,090 for the automatic variant. Speaking of the competition, while the 370 Z doesn't have direct rivals, you do have cars like the Ford Mustang GT, Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Audi TTS that hover around the same price range but with different power figures.

2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo Blue front three quarters
2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO front three quarters

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Features

 
 
 

6.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Features

4.0/10

The 2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo comes with just 2 transmission options that includes a 7 speed automatic or a 6 speed manual transmission. Other than that, there is nothing separating the 2 cars. All the premium features that could be found on the standard 370Z, have been carried forward for the 370Z Nismo albeit with a few more changes.

Trim

Nissan 370Z Nismo

MSRP(6 Speed Manual)

$45,690

MSRP(7 Speed Automatic)

$47,090

Features

Leather Appointed RECARO Sport Bucket seats

 

LED Taillights and Hyper LED DRL’s with Bi-Functional Xenon HID Headlamps

 

Bose in-dash AM/FM/CD & 6 speakers, two subwoofers and USB/iPod interface

 

Illuminated Steering wheel mounted audio controls

 

8 Way Driver and 4 Way passenger adjust seats

 

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Voice Recognition, Navigation

 

Automatic Temperature Control

 

Auto Dimming RVM

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The 2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo comes with just an option of a 7 Speed Auto or a 6 Speed Manual Gearbox. If we were to recommend one, we would recommend the Manual unit as it does at to the driving experience of the 370Z and makes it, more engaging.

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Engine and Performance

“A V6 engine powers this Nissan, and it puts out 350 horsepower. The 370Z feels quick off the line, and it’s no slouch at higher speeds either.”      -Cars.usnews.com

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Nissan 370Z has a 350 horsepower V6 engine under the hood, which is more than its competitors. There are two transmissions from which to choose, a 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed auto. Both gearboxes try their best to make life easier for the driver, and even the manual version takes things into its own mechanical hands. It has a rev-matching feature, which automatically blips the throttle every time you shift gears.

The engine is quite relaxed in the way it makes its power, and being a naturally aspirated motor, the response is instantaneous. The gearbox has short ratios, which ensures that the engine remains in the power band at all times. Highway cruising is easy, with little need to downshift.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD

Audi TTS Quattro

MSRP

$45,690

$40,450

$42,995

$54,795

Engine

3.7L V6

5.0L V8

6.2L V8

2.0L TFSI

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

350hp@ 7,400rpm

460hp @ 7,000 rpm

455hp @ 6000 rpm

306hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque

276ft-lbs.@ 5200rpm

420 lbs.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

455ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

295lbs.-ft.@1600rpm

The American Rivals of the 370Z Nismo offer a far higher Power and Torque figure courtesy of their Big Engines. Both the Chevy and the Ford generate around 450+hp and over 400lbs.-ft. of Torque. The European rival of the Nissan i.e. the Audi TTS Quattro delivers the lowest in terms of numbers.

Acceleration

While we don’t have the exact figures of the NISMO for now, we do expect the numbers to lie in the range of its rivals, taking into consideration the weight, suspension and engine tune of the coupe. The standard 370Z does the dash to 60MPH in 5.3 seconds and we feel that the NISMO will be nearly a second off the same.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD

Audi TTS Quattro

0-60 MPH

N/A

4.6

4.1

4.4

Quarter mile

N/A

12.6

12.3

N/A

Engine

3.7L V6

5.0L V8

6.2L V8

2.0L TFSI

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

7.4

7.1

7.0

The Chevy Camaro SS as of now stands tallest among the rest in terms of the 0-60MPH figures, while the Audi comes the next on the list. The Ford is slightly off pace when compared to the Audi by not a big margin and similar results have been obtained in the quarter mile runs as well.

Braking

The 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO features massive 14" 4-piston front brakes and 13.8" 2-piston rear brakes – the largest brakes ever offered on a 370Z. Taking a page from the legendary GT-R, they feature high-rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid. The Brakes offer good feel while operated under pressure and don’t feel squishy or spongy in application at any time.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD

Audi TTS Quattro*

Brake Front (in.)

14.0

13.9

13.6

13.3

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

13

13.3

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3457

3705

3686

3164

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

104

103

103

*2018 Figure Used

In terms of braking, there isn’t much difference between all the cars here. They manage to pull similar figures even with their relatively diverse weights and brakes.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo doesn’t feel like the ordinary 370Z that you would have driven till now. Special body dampers mounted up front on the frame rail and in back under the cargo area help dampen body vibrations for better control and precise steering. Braces on the front struts aid in improving overall body rigidity. A free-flow dual exhaust combined with an H-pipe configuration reduces back pressure by up to 30% that creates an exhilarating exhaust note.

The Handling of the 370Z Nismo is predictable and stable around corners and the coupe doesn’t seem to lack confidence while doing highway speeds and performing the overtaking maneuvers. The ride does take a hit on the city streets as the stiffened suspension doesn’t soak up as well as you would expect from normal coupes. But this isn’t an ordinary coupe as well. The suspension does yield terrific results while going down mountain roads or tackling canyons as it ensures that the Nissan comes out of the corners with the max speed and without losing out the momentum to body roll.

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Fuel Economy

If you don’t want to compromise on fuel efficiency but still enjoy some good performance, there aren’t many cars that would fit the bill. Thankfully, the 370Z is a sipper, sipping just 1 gallon every 26 miles on the highway, a very respectable figure. City efficiency takes a hit though, reaching just 17 miles per gallon.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD

Audi TTS Quattro

MPG (city)

17

15

16

23

MPG (highway)

26

25

24

29

MPG (combined)

20

18

19

25

Fuel Capacity(Gallons)

19

16

19

14.5

Range (City/Highway)

323/494

240/400

304/456

334/421

The Audi TTS trumps the other cars in the MPG test as it delivers the most MPG figures out of the lot. The Audi’s low power figure can be claimed responsible for the same fact as well though. The Chevy Camaro matches the Nissan in this test, while the Mighty ford comes in last.

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Interior

6.0/10

“The 2019 370Z offers its performance at the expense of nearly everything else. The most glaring payoff for the Z is its lack of a back seat and almost nonexistent cargo room”      -The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 Nissan 370Z comes with just 2 seats, as should all 2-door coupes, as the rear seats are usually entirely unusable. While the seats are fairly comfortable, taller people might have a little trouble finding the sweet spot for their seats. The seats themselves however are proper sport seats as Nissan has employed Recaro’s Alcantara Trim Sport bucket Seats in the 370Z NISMO.

The interior materials are quite premium though, and you can easily forget that you’re in a budget car. The front seats are well padded and supportive and offer a level of comfort not usually seen in cars of this price bracket. The base model doesn’t have active noise cancellation, which means the cabin gets a bit loud when driving fast. Other than that, vibrations, if ever noticeable, can sometimes creep into the cabin.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD

Audi TTS Quattro

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/54.4/42.9

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.1/53.6/41.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

34.8/52.2/29.0

-

33.8/47.9/28.9

Coupe cars rarely have usable space in the rear seats, and that tradition is well followed in this segment. The Audi and the Ford are exceptions as both of these cars can seat 2 children behind the front seats while the Chevy can’t accommodate any inside.

Cargo volume

Just like the rear seats, the trunk is cramped too. The 6.9 cubic feet can only fit two or three bags, which considering the “real” seating capacity, seems like Nissan hopes for the 370Z customer to never use it for anything other than a leisure drive. Which is fine.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD

Audi TTS Quattro

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

6.9

13.5

9.1

10.8

For the competition part, it’s the Ford Mustang that offers the most cargo space while the Audi comes in as the second best here. The Chevy Camaro comes second to last but still offers a fair amount of space higher than the Nissan.

Infotainment

The 2019 Nissan 370Z gets a few features in the infotainment system as well. Standard features are listed below:

  • AM/FM/CD Audio System
  • MP3/WMA CD Playback Capability
  • Hands-free Bluetooth
  • Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
  • USB Ports
  • Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-Month Trial Subscription
  • Bose Premium Audio System with Eight Speakers, Including Dual Subwoofers
  • DVD Video Playback Capability
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Active Sound Enhancement
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control

Sadly, you don’t get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, not even as optional extras.

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Exterior

“The 370Z now is in its 11th year of production, and it hasn’t changed much since it replaced the 350Z for 2009”     -Car and Driver

Dimensions and weight

The 370Z has always been a small car, and even with strict competition from the likes of Ford and Chevrolet, the little Nissan feels extremely compact. Behind the wheel, the weight of the car simply disappears, and there is absolutely no effort required to drive this car.

Owing to its small dimensions, tiny wheelbase, and sweet power output, you can easily hustle this car in the city. Even squeezing it into tight spots isn’t much of a hassle, all you need is a little patience.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD

Audi TTS Quattro

Curb weight (lbs.)

3457

3705

3685

3164

Length(in)

170.5

188.5

188.3

165.0

Width(in)

73.6

75.4

74.7

72.1

Height(in)

51.8

54.3

53.1

52.8

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

100.4

107.1

110.7

98.6

The Mustang hauls the most metal and consequently is the heaviest and the largest in here. The Chevy is closely matched to the Ford in terms of dimensions, followed closely by the Nissan. The Audi is the smallest and the most compact of the lot but is still taller than the Nissan.

Design and styling

Nissan has done some clever additions and rework to the standard 370Z to make it worthy of the NISMO tag. To create additional downforce that helps the driver maintain stability at very high speeds, the 370Z NISMO features a front fascia that has been given a track-tested redesign, while the rear diffuser and spoiler have also been reworked. The 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO provides significant downforce, yet doesn’t compromise on aerodynamics. Extensive wind-tunnel testing was used to minimize drag — often a by-product of high-downforce designs — to create a vehicle that is both sleek and aggressive, hence aiding the handling of the Coupe.

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Safety

Like other Nissan Cars, the 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO comes with the best in terms of safety equipment that Nissan has to offer today. The 2019 Nissan 370Z comes loaded with a host of safety features:

  • Dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and passenger seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for occupant head protection
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System
  • Seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for the driver)
  • Active head restraints
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Top tether anchors
  • Zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases
  • Aluminum side-door guard beams
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

IIHS and NHTSA Ratings unavailable for now.

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Competition

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Ford Mustang GT

The Ford Mustang GT is a proper muscle car as it offers a ton load of Horsepower without breaking a hole in the pocket of the customers. What makes the Mustang even more attractive is its Cargo Capacity and the practicality aspect of the cabin. However, in terms of the build quality and dynamics on the track, the Mustang GT can’t simply match the Nissan. The Nissan has the proper pedigree to beat the mustang on a race track and has been put way better than the mustang. The 370Z also feels more luxurious on the inside despite the sporty bucket seats and the contrast stitching.

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Chevrolet Camaro SS

The Chevrolet Camaro SS ranks as one of the most powerful Camaro’s that the Detroit based automaker has ever built. With over 400+ HP on tap and great handling, the Camaro is a hoot to drive. What puts the ball in the favor of the Camaro furthermore is its added cargo capacity and tech laden infotainment system. The Nissan on the other hand focuses more on providing a luxuriously built cabin while offering the racy components that we associate sports cars with. The Nissan also feels way better built than the Chevy but loses out on technology in the cabin.

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Audi TTS

The Audi TTS ranks as one of the most compact sports cars in the market. The TTS comes with lesser power than the Nissan and is much more expensive than the same. But Audi trades off its performance for mileage as its heads above the Nissan in this aspect. The fact that the Audi can ferry 4 passengers and has a good cargo capacity adds to its practicality aspect. The Nissan is sure the more fun to drive and race car worthy track. But if you want a daily driver that can give you occasional thrills on the track, the Audi doesn’t fall short of doing all these.

2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Final Verdict

Japanese cars have always succeeded in providing great value to their customers for a very affordable amount of dollars. The 370Z Nismo is just another such example. There are a lot of boxes it ticks on the budget performance car “to do” list. The power, performance, handling, all the desirable things are present. The Nissan however trades off these features for its practicality, MPG figures and interior features. Sure the Nissan may not have the most feature loaded cabin or the most powerful engine in the class. But for what the Nissan 370Z Nismo offers, it surely is a no brainer and a pleasure to own and drive.