The 2011 Nissan 370Z is slated to be extremely popular in its segment because of the innovative design and multiple stellar aspects. It has a lightweight coupe body style with two seats and over 300 horsepower, along with big tires, big wheels, and rear drive.
The Nissan 370Z also comes in the roadster version with the open Z that is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6. It has a weight increase and similar suspension tuning as the coupe. All bundled together, it allows the roadster to retain the quick acceleration and reflexes of the coupe.
With everything that is good, there is usually a flaw or two, and the Z is not without its own few flaws. The V-6 is strong enough, though lacks some refinement. At high revs, it can feel a bit labored, which isn’t a big complaint or problem. Also, when the 370Z is fitted with optional, larger tires, and wheels, it become noisy while driving.
Body styles: coupe, roadster, convertible
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Nissan 370Z base, Nissan 370Z Touring, Nissan 370Z Nismo
The 2011 Nissan 370Z makes an addition of the rearview camera to the Navigation package that is optional, otherwise carrying on unchanged for the 2011 models.
The exterior features include automatic xenon headlights, heated side mirrors, and 18-inch wheels of alloy. The 370Z Nismo adds high-performance tires, larger rear wing, rear limited-slip differential, more powerful V-6, unique rear and front fascia, stiffer suspension tuning, and forged aluminum 19-inch wheels.
An optional package for the exterior is called Sport package, and it has rear and front spoilers, upgraded brakes, and 19-inch wheels. The 370Z roadster has a standard soft top that is power-operated, but otherwise equipped with similar features as the coupe.
Solid construction and high-quality materials are prevalent throughout the cabin of the 370Z. The touring model has an even more upscale feel with the faux-suede upgraded door inserts and the leather upholstery. The cabin is luxurious feeling, while the trunk of either model is small. Holding about 6.9 cubic feet worth of luggage in the coupe or 4.2 cubic feet in the roadster, it doesn’t allow for much to be carried along.
Standard features on the 2011 Nissan 370Z base model includes automatic climate control, cruise control, manual eight-way driver seat, auxiliary audio jack, tilt steering wheel with leather wrapping, four-speaker stereo, and CD player. The Touring coupe will add faux-suede and leather upholstery, rearview mirror with auto-dimming, two subwoofers, Bluetooth, cargo cover, automatic climate control, heated seats, upgraded six-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, and six-CD/MP3 changer built into the dash.
The Nismo will bring special interior trim details, and the roadster is primarily equipped the same as the coupe. There is an optional Navigation package that adds a rearview camera, voice recognition, digital music storage, Bluetooth streaming audio, and iPod interface. Also included is a touchscreen navigation system that is hard-drive-based and lets you get weather updates, as well as real-time traffic reports.
Performance & Handling
On the road, the 2011 Nissan 370Z makes you feel like a better driver because of the razor-sharp control and unrelenting grip. The ride quality is excellent without the addition of the larger tires.
The Nissan 370Z base and Touring models are both powered by the 3.7-liter V-6 that can produce 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Both also are equipped with manual six-speed transmissions. The automatic seven-speed transmission is available as an option.
The 370Z Nismo model has a version of the V-6 engine of the others that produces 350 hp with 276 lb-ft torque. On this model, the only transmission that is offered is the manual six-speed with SynchroRev Match.
During the acceleration testing, the coupe 370Z got up to 60 mph from zero in a short 5.1 seconds, and the roadster ran it in only 5.5 seconds.
The standard safety equipment included with the 2011 Nissan 370Z are stability control, traction control side curtain airbags, side impact airbags for the front seat, active head restraints, and anti-lock disc brakes that have brake assist.
In braking tests, the coupe came to a full–stop in a really short 101 feet from a speed of 60 mph, while the roadster took a slight five feet more to stop.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan 370Z coupe: 18/26 mpg city/highway
Nissan 370Z roadster: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Relatively low price
- Powerful V-6
- High-quality interior
- Excellent braking and handling
- Compliant highway ride
You Won't Like
- Rear blind spots
- A little much road noise
Aan affordable option in sports cars
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