Road Test: 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO

Road Test: 2019 Nissan 370Z NISMO

Story by Jordan Allan, photos courtesy of Nissan Canada

Price: $48,498 (MSRP)

Engine: 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V6

Trans: 6-speed manual

Power: 350 hp@ 7,400 rpm

Torque: 276 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,463 lbs./ 1,571 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 9.3/13.3


New for 2019: No changes for the 370Z line mechanically but a few trim changes and the addition of an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a rearview camera are added.

Segment Competitors: Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayman, Audi TT, Alfa Romeo 4C, Jaguar F-Type, Mazda Miata, Fiat 124 Spyder, Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

The Skinny: The NISMO version of the Nissan 370Z is at the top of the model range and features many design cues and added power to differentiate itself from the rest of the Z lineup. This car is a truly traditional sports car with its 2-seat, front engine, rear-wheel drive design that is sure to provide endless amounts of fun. The 6-speed manual gearbox with automatic downshift rev-matching is truly a blast to experience and the sporty Recaro seats and sporty suede steering wheel do not let you forget the fact that you are in a tried and true sports car. The interior seems a little dated and is certainly not up to the luxury standards found in many vehicles today but features everything you need and allows you to focus on what this car is really about; driving.

Pros: The combination of the naturally aspirated V6, manual transmission and NISMO-tuned suspension make this car endlessly fun to drive while the NISMO-inspired exterior upgrades also make it fun to look at.

Cons: The shifter can be a little sloppy at times and the 2-door design leaves you with a very large blind spot even after shoulder checking.

The Verdict: The Nissan 370Z is a sports car in every sense and while some may question its outdated interior and exterior for that matter, the focal point in this car is drivability which, especially with the NISMO model, has been achieved if not exceeded. If you are looking for a 2-seat, traditional sports car and a respectable price look no further.

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