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Nissan To Expand High-Performance Platform with Nismo and Nismo RS Vehicles 16
Aug
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Nismo, nissan, Nissan 370Z Nismo, Nissan Nismo 370Z on 08 16th, 2012

Wouldn’t it be amazing if every automaker had their own dedicated “performance line” of vehicles? Enthusiasts would naturally be happier and this world would ultimately be a better place, for everyone. Unfortunately, a performance line in every make is just a pipe dream. However, Nissan plans to step up to the performance name plate to release a new line of Nismo and Nismo RS versions of the Nissan Leaf, 370Z, Juke and GT-R.

I am not sure how much faster the Nissan GT-R can get, but we are all for it if the purported Nismo or Nismo RS version does the unthinkable.

The expansion of the Nismo line is expected to start with the Nismo Juke that debuted at Le Mans. Following in line will be a Nismo Leaf, which was already transformed into a Leaf Nismo RC racer for demonstration purposes. The 370Z will continue to get the Nismo treatment while the ‘Nismo’ Nissan GT-R will probably be the more anticipated variant to come from the automaker.

The Nismo RS cars will be much more track-focused and reserved for the track-focused enthusiast. You can think of them as something along the lines of the wickedly extreme Juke R. We expect to see the first example of a Nismo RS car when the redesigned 370Z, also in a Nismo RS flavor, hits the floor in 2014.

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2011 Nissan 370Z Nismo Review & Test Drive 26
Aug
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, nissan, Nissan 370Z, Nissan 370Z Nismo, Nissan Nismo 370Z, Test Drives on 08 26th, 2011

Nissan pulled out all of the magic tricks from their hat when it came to building capable performance cars starting with the 370Z and ending with the GT-R. Aside from the new 2012 Nissan GT-R’s astonishing performance capacity, Nissan has trickled down some of that performance oriented innovation to their latest “tuned” Z-car, the 2011 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

The new 2011 Nissan 370Z Nismo edition embarks on today’s technological advancements yet still carries its long-time Z car heritage. Essentially the Nismo edition of the new 370Z is a slightly modified version with retuned suspension, an extra 18 horsepower and 7 ft-lbs. of torque (total of 350 horsepower and 276 ft. lbs. torque) from the already beefy 3.7-liter V6 engine and aggressively restyled front/rear bumpers and side-skirts all rolling on Rays forged aluminum 19-inch wheels.

The Nismo edition of the 370Z begs to please the track junkie. The sport-tuned suspension alone is enough to let you know that this Z means business. Other goodies that turn the Nismo edition into a purest car is a limited-slip differential, high-performance tires, upgraded brakes and functional aerodynamics. During my week in the 370Z I was fortunate enough to take it to a closed road to get a good feel for its capabilities. I can say aside from the slight brake fade after several hard stops and steering wheel vibrations in the high RPM range, the Nismo Z is a tuners dream car.

The 3.7-liter V6 pulls hard in the all-new 370Z Nismo without hesitation. With a curb weight of only 3300 pounds and an almost perfectly balanced 53%/47% front-rear weight distribution, the Nismo Z is easy to throw around. I even took the liberty of making several artful masterpiece segments in the shape of a circle on a closed road with permission. I think Picaso would approve.

The latest 370Z body style was introduced as a 2009 model in 2008. Many of the design aspects can be found in other Nissan vehicles such as the Maxima and GT-R. The Nismo edition of the 370Z adds a pleasing aesthetic to the body lines as described by several onlookers at the local Cars and Coffee show recently.

Inside of the 2011 Nissan 370Z Nismo you will find a competent interior layout for a sports car. The red stitching throughout the dashboard and well-bolstered sports seats adds character and sports appeal to the Z’s interior. In spite of being a small 2-seater sports coupe, having the roots of Nissan’s FMR (Front Mid-engine rear-wheel drive) platform, the 370Z has plenty of room for adults just over 6-feet tall. The high belt-line of the Nismo Z gives you a sunk-in feeling when driving where it seems as if it is giving you a big man-hug.

My one gripe about the interior, possibly a none-issue with the true performance car purist, is the stereo system. Nissan used a rather basic stereo with AM/FM, CD player and an Aux jack. The choice for such a stereo from a company who has upwards of 6 or more audio playback/input selections in other audio system offerings, is somewhat logical given that the 370Z Nismo is more about good-looks and performance rather that appeasing the audiophile junkie. There is always the 370Z Touring version for those folks giving them the option of a hard-drive based navigation and Bose stereo unit. The audible note from the exhaust of the 3.7-liter VQ-series engine and drive-train feedback should be enough to keep true automotive enthusiasts entertained for a while.

Gas mileage figures from the 2011 370Z Nismo come in at 18mpg city and 26mpg highway. I was actually able to better those numbers on the highway getting just over 27mpg. The direct shifting 6-speed manual transmission more than likely had something to do with those mpg figures. Rowing through the 6 gears is well entertained epecially when the syncro-rev-match feature is enabled. Down-shift rev-matching becomes a seamless action with this innovative feature activated. Luckily for me, someone who prefers “all-manual” action, the system can be disabled so you get to “exercise” your feet a little more.

Balanced and poised, that is what the new 2011 Nissan 370Z Nismo is all about. You put the 370Z Nismo into a turn and you will know exactly what I am talking about. The Nismo name-plate dates back to the 80’s touted as Nissan’s motorsport division. Today the 370Z Nismo is still about giving the consumer performance add-ons with the warranty and quality expected from the original manufacturer. The new 370Z Nismo is a testament to this very concept virtually taking a page out of the average automotive tuner’s book and making it their very own.

A loaded-up 2011 Nissan 370Z touring model starts around $42,200 while my 2011 370Z Nismo was priced at $41,435. The Nismo edition makes for an attractive buy to the automotive enthusiast at heart who has room in the garage for a toy. Those needing the least bit of practicality may not want to look at a Z car. However, anyone indicative to being adventurous and drive around in a modern-day affordable Japanese hot-rod with a tuners edge will not want to pass up on the new 2011 370Z Nismo.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: As-Tested $41,435
  • Engine: 3.7-liter V6 350hp @ 7400rpm / 276 lb.ft. torque @ 5200rpm
  • Wheelbase: 100.4in.
  • Total length: 173.4in.
  • Total width: 72.6in.
  • Total height: 52.1in.
  • Turning circle: 34.1ft.
  • Passenger volume: 58.5cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 6.9cu.ft.
  • Headroom: front 38.2in.
  • Legroom: front 42.9
  • Curb weight: 3,300lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds
  • EPA fuel mileage: 18mpg city / 26mpg highway






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