2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe: Silky, smooth sports car spells magic

Auto review by Veeno Dewan

The Nissan 370Z coupe is a star in its class and few come close to matching its superb abilities as a compact sport coupe with racetrack-ready abilities. It looks sounds and drives like the muscular little beast of a car it is.

For 2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe is available as the 370Z and 370Z Touring as the 370Z Roadster, with a fully automatic cloth convertible top. All 2012 Nissan 370Z models are equipped with a standard 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine.

Our tester was a beautiful looking “black cherry” metallic pearl colored coupe with the Sport Package comprising: Nissan sport brakes – 4-piston opposed aluminum front calipers with 14.0″ x 1.30″ vented discs and 2- piston opposed red aluminum rear calipers with 13.8″ x 0.80″ vented discs, SynchroRev MatchTM (manual transmission only), 19″ RAYS® super-lightweight forged alloy wheels, 245/40WR19 and 275/35WR19 Bridgestone® Potenza® high-performance tires, Front chin aero deflector, Body-colour rear spoiler, Navigation Package, Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 178 mm (7″) VGA touch-screen monitor and voice recognition, RearView Monitor, USB Connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, Streaming audio via Bluetooth® wireless technology, Auxiliary audio/ video input jacks (This feature replaces auxiliary audio input jack on head unit)

Base MSRP for the Nissan 370Z is $40,978.00 whilst the packages as on our tester came out to an extra $6,935.00. With freight and other fees the final cost rang in $49,787.20 before taxes.

Mechanically the 3.7-litre DOHC 24-valve V6 aluminum- alloy engine produces 332 HP @ 7000 rpm with torque at 270 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm with the red line at 7500 rpm. The engine features: Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVVTCS) with Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) on intake valves, Twin-intake system, Nissan Direct Ignition System and Electronic drive-by-wire

As with any serious sports car, the 370Z features a longitudinally mid-mounted front engine/Rear-Wheel Drive format. However refinements include a Carbon-fibre composite driveshaft, 6- speed close-ratio manual transmission, Viscous limited-slip rear differential, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS),
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

The interior cockpit is brilliantly executed with a real sporty ambience and an aggressive flair to the design. Firm yet comfortable power seat and a tilt steering wheel mean anyone can get comfortable. Materials are high class and the finish is very good. Delight includes the full center info
screen and the very hand rear back up camera.

Want more power? A NISMO 370Z Coupe version is tuned to produce 350 horsepower. Buyers also have a choice of 6- speed manual transmission with an available SynchroRev Match synchronized downshift Rev matching system or a 7-speed automatic transmission. Crisp, well-sorted handling is once again provided by a 4-wheel independent suspension

On the road, acceleration is fast and the Z handles sweetly with that superbly balanced suspension and surprisingly forgiving suspension. The Downshift Rev Matching feature is efficient at automatically blipping the throttle as you operate the paddle shifters on cars fitted with the seven-speed automatic transmission, while the six speed manual tranny is light and snicks beautifully each time you
ratchet up or down a gear. Steering is pin-sharp with only small inputs needed to make short work of any twisting turns. Hoots of fun and an everyday livable sports car in the bargain.

2012 Nissan 370Z coupe priced from $40,978. (Price as tested $49, 78)