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2011 Nissan 370Z Coupe and NISMO 370Z

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370Z Coupe and NISMO 370Z MSRP: $ 31450.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • Beautifully balanced handling and braking
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Synchronized downshift rev-matching manual gearbox
  • Screaming deal for an all-business sports car
Cons:
  • Dangerous rear blind spots
  • Lots of road noise inside the cabin
Ruling: The Nissan 370Z is an excellent example of a price-performance leader. With a base price of $31k, few cars can step up to the performance and handling prowess of the 370Z in this price range.

The 2011 Nissan 370Z coupe has a style, performance, and value that few can come close to matching. Powertrain of the 2011 370Z uses a 3.7-liter engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) is rated at 332 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. Two transmissions choices are offered: a close-ratio 6-speed manual with synchronized downshift rev-matching or a 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).

Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for both the 7-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearboxes.

In addition to the 2011 Nissan 370Z Coupe, an open-air 370Z Roadster and 350-horsepower NISMO 370Z are also available.

The performance-oriented NISMO boasts a 350-hp 3.7-liter V6, mated to a six-speed manual transmission with SyncroRev Match, providing smooth and seamless transitions from gear to gear. Standard on the NISMO are 19-inch forged alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, a limited slip differential, larger sport brakes and SynchroRev Match with the manual transmission.

CarReview's opinion of the 2011 Nissan 370Z

Likes:
  • Great improvement over the successful 350Z
  • Nice body lines, Rays wheels are icing on the cake
  • Powerful motor with great sound
  • GTR influence
Dislikes:
  • Manual transmission not as slick as the competition
  • No lumbar support or telescoping steering wheel
  • Either less weight or more power and this could be an exotic challenger for a fraction of the cost
Verdict: Yes there are other practical 2+2 sports coupes available for less than $35k, like the American Pony Cars or Hyundai Genesis, but if you are looking for a purpose built two seat coupe you can live with every day, this is the one. The closest competitors are the Corvette and Cayman, but these move you $10k higher without the striking looks. This is an excellent value for a performance ride, just make sure you test both the manual and automatic transmissions before buying. Nissan is really pushing their 370Z slogan; Passionate Performance at an Excellent Value. It’s 1970 all over again, just in a Z that’s 2X faster and 5X more comfortable than the original Datsun.

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