Modern iteration of Fairlady concept was introduced back in 2009 with 370Z moniker. Nismo performance division decided to tamper with it couple of years ago, and 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo continues almost unchanged since the facelift. If you want improvements in all segments of this vehicle you will certainly opt for the Nismo version.
Biggest change comes in transmission department. The 2016 car has received a new, 7-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters and rev-matched downshifts. However, no changes have been made to car’s powertrain unit and old 6-speed manual transmission which is still a standard shifter, by the way. Good old 3.7L V6 engine delivers 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque which are exceptional figures for such a small and nimble car. In fact, 370Z is very easy to keep on track thanks to its rear-wheel drive dynamics and perfectly balanced chassis. There are some downsides to this setup, especially in Nismo models which are noisier than base units.
General design is almost identical and same in both Nismo and conventional models, but differences can easily be noticed. Car is available in four simple colors: pearl white, magnetic black, solid red and brilliant silver. No matter which background color you go with, Nismo moniker ensures red touches in front and rear bumpers, as well as in side mirrors, lower door panels and brake calipers. Furthermore, new version gets a few more air intakes, different (read larger) exhaust pipes and spoiler, and special charcoal-colored 19-inch forged-aluminum Rays wheels.
2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo Review
Interior is also furbished in unique materials. Only available seats are furbished in black leather and offer red Alcantara inserts. Otherwise, almost everything is pitch black apart from a few more red details. Cabin was always one of 370Z’s biggest problems as there’s very little space in it, even for a sports car. Still, everything is close at hand, and Nismo models offer the best level of refinement and tech savviness in entire lineup. There are no optional packages to choose if you decide to go with Nismo Tech trim, while base Nismo lacks a few advanced features like 7-inch touch screen display with navigation, rearview monitor and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Since these units are more track-oriented than the rest of the lineup, comfort suffers to some extent. Apart from already mentioned higher level of noise, Nismo’s cabin doesn’t get power or heated seats. It does get Bose premium sound system and DVD playback capability to go with it. Simply, have in mind that this is sportier version of sporty car and to achieve this, Nismo needed to lose few things along the way and to offer better performances with improvements to the engine.
Thanks to a new 7-speed gearbox, 370Z Nismo model is now more fuel-efficient while commuting. New city figures stand at 19 mpg, while highway ratings read 26 mpg. The 6-speed manual unit still gives you the same highway figures, while city numbers are one point short compared to those of the automatic. If you take the 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo to the track expect these figures to be significantly lower but smile on your face is something that you would want to pay. Base Nismo model starts from $41,990, while one with Tech package included costs $45,490.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo is still an exceptional performer which now offers automatic gearbox to those who don’t like experimenting with the shift stick. Car’s great driving dynamics and stability have made it what it is today, and current Fairlady is worthy of its predecessor’s heritage. We could hear reports that this model will be offered to the market during the fall of this year.