Can we be real for a second here?
The Nissan 370Z NISMO is an awesome sports car.
But if it were my hard-earned, I would snap up the standard 370Z almost any day of the week over not just the NISMO Z-car, but also the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ and WRX, the Focus ST… almost anything. For the 330-horsepower + rear-drive value equation, only the Hyundai Genesis Coupe gets close.
Yes, the Mustang and Camaro exist. But they would not be my personal choices with a V6. The BMW 228i M Sport would be the only other rear-drive coupe on my radar. My priorities?
These next statements will make hardcore sports-car fans roll in their graves… but here we go!
— Automatic transmission.
— Cheap. The cheaper the better.
— Good rolling refinement and smooth ride.
For a sports coupe, I do not need the hardest of the hardcore performance model. I like sound insulation. I like a good stereo system (…to play my Audible.com books-on-tape… ahh! I am such a nerd.)
And I like soft suspension settings mixed with big wheels. Sure, there is body roll — but the grip is there.
There just comes a time in a man and woman’s life when you say, ‘Hey – this is what I need.’
Whether you need to be tickled in a snuggie to get your jollies is up to you. But if that is what you need, some day, you will probably just have to own up to it to make yourself happy.
For me, it is big power, rear-drive dynamics and a silent/smooth highway cruise.
Oh, and great A/C is mandatory for me these days as well.
South Carolina is hot as balls and it is not even July yet. Who knew!?
So which 370Z Coupe would I go for? The Touring with Sport pack is obviously desirable, with a limited-slip diff and various other amenities like leather in the cabin – grey, black or a lovely tan.
The Sport pack on the base trim level brings 19-inch Rays forged alloy wheels and spoilers front and back.
But for the best deal? And the one that might make me happiest over the long haul of road trips as well as ownership?
Base. Bone stock, 7-speec automatic transmission, carpet floor mats. $33,000 out the door, before the likely discounts.
That is more than $15,000l ess than the NISMO Z, and only $1,000 more than the best BRZ that is still too small and too slow for a gourmand like your author.
Color? Pearl White.
Ahh. It feels good to let the truth out…
2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe – All COLORS
Buyers Guide – 2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe – Colors, Specs, Options and Prices from $30k
STANDARD FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS
High rigidity body with a dynamic presence and enhanced aerodynamics
Aggressive front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights
Red reflector for rear fascia
Authentic Z® sports car design and proportions with long hood and canopy cockpit
Short wheelbase (100.4 inches) and length (167.2 inches), aggressive stance
Lightweight aluminum hood, doors and hatchback
High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights and LED brake lights with distinctive “boomerang” design
Signature vertical door handles, dual power and heated remote control outside mirrors
Electric rear window defroster
Front fender-mounted “flashing” Z® emblems/sidemarkers
Available front chin spoiler and rear spoiler (Sport Package)
Eight available exterior colors: Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Pearl White, Black Cherry, Gun Metallic, Midnight Blue and Magma Red
Engine and Driveline
Front engine/rear-wheel drive
Fourth-generation VQ series 3.7-liter engine, 24-valve DOHC V6 (VQ37VHR), rated at 332 horsepower @ 7,000 RPM, 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 RPM
Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) system
Micro-finished crankshaft and camshaft; small pitch, silent cam chain; drive-by-wire throttle
Available electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and standard paddle shifters; or 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission with available SynchroRev Match®, the world’s first synchronized Downshift Rev Matching manual transmission allowing heel-toe-like downshifting
Dual outlet exhaust
Carbon Fiber composite driveshaft
Suspension, Steering and Braking
Double-wishbone front suspension, rear multi-link suspension; 3-point front strut tower brace; high response shock absorbers
Available Euro-tuned shock absorbers (Sport Package)
Large diameter front and rear hollow stabilizer bars
Vehicle speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering
Available Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) (Sport Package)
Power-assisted vented front and rear disc brakes, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Available Nissan Sport Brakes with 14.0-inch front/13.8-inch rear rotors and 4-piston front/2-piston rear aluminum calipers, red caliper finish (Sport Package)
18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 225/50R18 front / 245/45R18 rear Yokohama ADVAN Sport tires
Available 19-inch RAYS lightweight 5-spoke forged-alloy wheels with 245/40R19 front / 275/35R19 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires (Sport Package)
High quality interior with innovative, driver-centric “three-layer” design with information, operation and holding layers
2-passenger seating, with unique driver and passenger seat designs and functions
Driver’s seat shaped to help hold the body firmly in place without interfering with shifting
8-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual passenger’s seat with manual seatback fold-down function; available 4-way power adjustable heated seats
Black woven “carbon” seat cloth; available synthetic suede and leather-appointed seating
3-bay gauge pods – similar to the original 240Z design
Tilt steering column with integrated instrument cluster
Adjustable front head restraints
Automatic temperature control
Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with Zâ emblem
Available Bose® audio system with 6-disc CD changer and 8 speakers (standard on Touring model)
Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio (standard on Touring model, SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System (standard on Touring model)
Available Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, USB connectivity and iPod® connection, NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), RearView Monitor, automatic phonebook download (select phones) and Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
Power windows with auto one-touch up and down feature
Power door locks with auto locking feature
Available aluminum-trimmed pedals (standard on Touring model)
Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (standard on Touring model)
Two 12-volt power outlets, three cupholders (two in door panels, one in center console)
Available rear cargo area cover (standard on Touring model)
Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition
Safety and Security
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor
Seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags
3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
3-point ALR/ELR seatbelts (driver’s seatbelt ELR only)
Front and rear crumple zones
Active Head Restraints
Zone Body Construction
Energy-absorbing steering column
Vehicle Security System (VSS)
Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Offered in two models: 370Z Coupe and 370Z Coupe Touring, along with 370Z NISMO (see NissanNews.com for full details)
Two available packages: Sport Package and Navigation
2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe – INTERIORS
List Price (1)
|370Z Coupe||3.7 Liter V6||6M/T||$29,990|
|370Z Coupe||3.7 Liter V6||7A/T||$31,290|
|370Z Coupe Touring||3.7 Liter V6||6M/T||$35,270|
|370Z Coupe Touring||3.7 Liter V6||7A/T||$36,570|
|370Z Coupe NISMO®||3.7 Liter V6||6M/T||$43,020|
|Factory Installed Options||Suggested|
List Price (1)
|Hard Drive-Based Navigation System||$2,150||||
|Port Installed Accessories||Suggested|
List Price (1)
|Painted Splash Guards (4 Piece)||$225|||||||
|Carpeted Floor Mats||$125|||||||
|NISMO Carpeted Floor Mats||$125||||
|Carpeted Trunk Mat||$95||||||||||
|Illuminated Kick Plate||$200||||||||||
|In Mirror Rearview Monitor||$790||||||||||
|(1) = Manufacturer’s Suggested List Price: Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.|
Excludes tax, title, license, and destination charges. Destination and handling $810.
Specifications are based on latest product information available at the time of release
|Cylinders / configuration||V6|
|Block / head composition||Aluminum/aluminum|
|Horsepower||332 @ 7,000 RPM|
|Torque (lb-ft)||270 @ 5,200 RPM|
|Bore & stroke (mm)||95.5 x 86.0|
|Maximum engine speed||7,500 rpm|
|Induction system||Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection|
|Valvetrain||4 valves per cylinder; Continuously Variable Valve Event and Lift Control System (VVEL)|
|Engine mounts||Front: 2 electronically controlled liquid-filled; Rear: 1 liquid-filled;|
|Recommended fuel||Premium unleaded|
|Emissions system||Closed loop feedback system w/ 3-way catalyst|
|Emissions certification level||50 state: LEV2-ULEV (Cal), Tier2 (B5)(Fed)|
|Exhaust||Single muffler with Y-type dual exhaust outlets (w/ finishers)|
|Ignition system||Electronic, Nissan Direct Ignition System (NDIS)|
|Transmission and Drive System|
|Drive configuration||Mid-mounted front-engine / rear-wheel drive|
|Transmission type||6-speed manual||S|
|7-speed auto w/ manual mode and paddle shifters|
|Final drive ratio||3.692 3.357|
|Drive shaft||Carbon Fiber Composite|
|Downshift Rev Matching (DRM)||S (7A/T)|
|SynchroRev Match® (SRM)||O (6M/T)|
|Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD)||O|
| Vented disc|
Rotor size diameter and thickness –
(in.) 12.6 x 1.10
Rotor size diameter and thickness –
(in.) 12.6 x 0.63
Rotor size diameter and thickness –
(in.) 14.0 x 1.26
Rotor size diameter and thickness –
(in.) 13.8 x 0.79
|Caliper type / material||S|
Floating / cast iron
|Red caliper color||O|
|Brake control||Power-assisted (vacuum)|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)|
Number of wheels/channels/sensors
|Brake Assist (BA)||S|
|Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)||S|
|Vehicle speed variable assist||S|
|Fixed ratio||13.5:1 (13.7:1 – opt)|
|Turns (lock-to-lock)||2.6 (18-inch wheels)/2.7 (19-inch wheels)|
|Turning diameter (ft.) (curb-to-curb)||32.8 (18-inch wheels)/34.1 (19-inch wheels)|
|Steering wheel||3-spoke leather-wrapped w/ air bag, manual tilt|
|Steering wheel controls||Cruise control; audio|
|Steering wheel controls – Bluetooth®||S (Touring)|
|Double-wishbone aluminum suspension|
High vacuum diecast aluminum alloy
|Independent multi-link aluminum suspension|
|Euro-tuned shock absorbers||O|
|Body / Chassis|
|Materials (primary)||Corrosion-resistant high-strength steel|
|Hood, doors, rear hatch||Aluminum|
|Wheels & Tires||370 Z||370 Touring|
F: 18×8 inches R: 18×9 inches
|RAYS light weight forged alloy|
F: 19×9 inches R: 19×10 inches
|Yokohama ADVAN Sport||S|
|F: P225/50R18, R: P245/45R18||S|
|Bridgestone Potenza RE050A|
F: P245/40R19, R: P275/35R19
|Headlights||Bi-functional xenon HID|
LED daytime running lamps
|Seat Materials||Cloth Seats||S||–|
|Leather and synthetic suede||–||S|
|Seat Type||Sport bucket||S|
|Height-adjustable head restraints||S|
|Driver Seat||8-way manual||S||–|
|8-way (4-way power, 4-way manual)|
Adjustable lumbar support
|Passenger Seat||4-way manual||S||–|
|Head unit and speakers|
|2-DIN AM/FM/CD w/ 4 speakers||S||–|
|240W Bose® audio with 6CD in-dash/ AM/FM/CD, 6 speakers + 2 subwoofers, MP3 capability, Radio Data System (RDS), Boseâ AudioPilot™ noise compensation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)||–||S|
|Hard Drive navigation system with NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, Zagat Survey® information, and automatic phonebook download (select phones), USB connectivity and iPod® connection, DVD video playback, RearView Monitor||–||O|
|Steering-wheel audio controls with illumination||S|
|Auxiliary audio input jack||S|
|Auxiliary audio/video input jacks||–||O|
|Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System||–||S|
|Voice Recognition (VR)||–||O|
LCD dual trip odometer
LCD drive computer
|3-pod gauges (digital clock, engine oil temperature, voltmeter)||S|
Low Tire Pressure
M/T shift up timing indicator (light)
When equipped with 6MT
When equipped with 7AT
|Full-color LCD 7-inch monitor||O (Touring)|
|Convenience Features||370Z||370Z Touring|
|Cruise control (ASCD)|
Power windows –one-touch up/down
Power door locks with auto locking feature
Nissan Intelligent Key®
Cupholders – 3
12-volt outlets – 2
Passenger assist grip
Sunvisors w/ vanity mirrors and lamps
Lockable glove compartment
Storage box behind passenger seat
Heated outside mirrors
|Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror||–||S|
|HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (UGDO)||–||S|
|Aluminum trimmed pedals||–||S|
|Rear cargo cover||–||S|
|RearView Monitor w/ optional Navigation||–||O|
Safety and Security
|Passenger Restraint Systems|
|Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)||Driver and front passenger air bags with dual-stage inflation, seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor|
|Driver and front passenger side-impact and roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags||S|
|Active Head Restraints||S|
|Outboard seat belts, front||3-point (ALR/ELR for pass., ELR for driver)|
|Seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters||S|
|Upper tether anchor||S|
|Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones|
Energy-absorbing steering column
Slide away brake pedal
Break away rear engine mount
Hood buckling creases and safety stops
Body side reinforcements
Aluminum side-door guard beams
Shift interlock (AT)/clutch interlock (MT)
Power window lockout button
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
Traction Control System (TCS)Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
|Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System|
Vehicle Security System (VSS)
|Coefficient of drag (Cd) (front)||0.30, 0.29 w/Sport Pkg.|
|Coefficient of lift (front)||0.0 (with optional front chin spoiler)|
|Coefficient of lift (rear)||0.0 (with optional rear spoiler)|
|Track||Front (18-inch/19-inch wheels)|
Rear (18-inch/19-inch wheels)
|Weight distribution (%) Front/Rear||54/46|
|Fuel tank (gallons)||19.0|
|Engine oil (quarts)||5.2|
|Engine coolant w/ reservoir (quarts)||9.1 MT/9.0 AT|
|Volume (cubic feet)|
|EPA Fuel Economy|
(Actual mileage may vary)
|Navigation Package: Hard drive-based navigation system with 7.0-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, USB connectivity, iPod® connection; RearView Monitor||–||O|
|Sport Package: Viscous LSD, 19-inch RAYS super lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires, Nissan Sport Brakes, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, Euro-tuned shock absorbers, SynchroRev Match® (MT only)||O||O|
S – Standard
O – Optional
Following extensive enhancements for the 2013 model year, which included a revised front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights, new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and available Euro-tuned sport shock absorbers, changes to the iconic Nissan 370Z Coupe for 2014 are relegated to the 370Z NISMO model.
The 370Z NISMO, which is joined in 2014 by a new JUKE NISMO as part of an expanding NISMO lineup, features a number of changes designed to up the car’s already strong visual impact. On the 370Z NISMO exterior, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer. For complete information on the 2014 370Z NISMO, please see NissanNews.com for full information).
As in previous years, the Nissan 370Z Coupe remains one of the most vibrant and dynamic sports cars available in North America, as well as one of the best performance values – with a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine and choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the special 370Z NISMO, it is available in two models – 370Z Coupe and 370Z Coupe Touring.
A Sculptural Yet Functional Exterior Design
The 2014 370Z Coupe’s dynamic styling offers dual benefits – an aggressive appearance and a light, highly rigid structure for enhanced performance. The taut exterior design incorporates intentional 240Z styling cues, a sleek aerodynamic shape, a “dynamic motion” feel with a dramatic cantilevered roof and a “low visual gravity.”
The 370Z Coupe’s FM platform provides a refined foundation for the well-proportioned body, with a 100.4-inch wheelbase, 167.2-inch overall length, 72.6-inch width and 51.8-inch height, giving it a classic sports car look and feel. The body features aluminum door panels, along with an all-aluminum hood and an aluminum hatch. A front suspension cradle, rear structural reinforcements and an underbody “V-bar” are designed to help reduce front and rear lateral bending (versus the previous generation design). The design also uses a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthened rear fender and hatch areas.
The sleek silhouette is defined by its upswept quarter window design that is echoed by the dynamic upward curvature in the lower rocker panel and the sense of the taut sheet metal molding itself around the wheels and frame. Another distinctive feature of the bold exterior design is the headlight/taillight treatment, which features a fierce “boomerang” shape. High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights with auto on/off feature with LED daytime running lamps are standard.
The intense broad-shouldered rear shape is highlighted by the integration of the boomerang taillights and wide, flared rear fenders. Attention to detail and functionality is evident throughout the exterior design, including a flashing (repeater lamp) side marker lamp/emblem. The rear fascia is accented by a red rear center reflector.
The coefficient of drag is 0.30 and 0.29 with the Sport Package. The 370Z also provides zero front lift and zero rear lift when equipped with the rear spoiler, thanks to extensive aerodynamics efforts – including an “inverse area” front bumper design which smoothes the flow of air to the sides of the vehicle, while the rear design maximizes the control of air flow from the roof to the rear hatch. Performance body pieces are available as part of the optional Sport Package, including a front chin spoiler and rear spoiler.
The 2014 370Z is offered in eight exterior colors: Pearl White, Brilliant Silver, Magnetic Black, Solid Red, Gun Metallic, Black Cherry, Midnight Blue and Magma Red.
A Cockpit Equipped To Make Car and Driver Feel Like One
The interior of the 370Z Coupe continues the longstanding Z® tradition of enhancing driving pleasure. The traditional 2-seat layout is built around a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length center console separating the driver and passenger’s seat. The design focus incorporates a “layer concept,” with an information layer, an operation layer and a holding layer.
The information layer provides good visibility with easy access to all key data. The gauges are attached to the steering column, so the driver doesn’t have to choose between their preferred steering wheel position and visibility of the gauges. The large upper steering wheel opening in front of the gauges is designed to provide a good view of the readouts. The instrument panel retains the traditional 3-pod cluster with oil temperature, voltmeter and clock, while the speedometer and tachometer include an “initial sweep” function, coming alive when the Z® is first started.
The operation layer includes the steering wheel, shifter and switchgear. The steering wheel is an “oval” 3-spoke design, which offers baseball-style stitching and large thumb grips and palm rest areas for improved feel on long drives. The surface of the leather-wrapped wheel is “shaved” to provide a more kidney-like shape to better fit in the hand. The manual transmission shifter is padded in different areas to improve the accuracy of diagonal shifts and to feel softer in the hand for forward and backward motions.
The holding layer includes the seats, knee pads and door trim support. The driver’s seat is uniquely different from the passenger’s seat, with lower seat cushion cut-outs on the sides where the thighs rest – allowing the driver to push on the pedals without the seat fighting them. The seat frame is constructed to help hold the driver in place during cornering. Both the driver and passenger’s seats are structured with an anti-slip material in the main seating surface.
The sporty woven cloth seats feature standard 8-way driver’s/4-way passenger manual adjustments, with heated 4-way power-adjustable leather-appointed seats standard with the 370Z Touring model. Adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints are also standard.
The door armrests have been designed to provide extra support when cornering and the kneepads are integrated to help the driver maintain the proper position while cornering.
The interior features standard Black cloth. Nissan 370Z Touring models include a choice of Gray, Black or Persimmon leather-appointed and synthetic suede seating. Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature, a center console box with a non-intrusive cover design, automatic climate control, rear window defroster with timer, two 12-volt power outlets, three cupholders, dual overhead map lights and a AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.
The 370Z Touring model adds standard 4-way power adjustable heated leather-appointed and synthetic suede sport seats with adjustable lumbar support, 6CD Bose® audio system with eight speakers (includes dual subwoofer) and MP3/WMA playback, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, auto-dimming mirror, aluminum-trimmed pedals and retractable cargo cover.
Also available is the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, USB connectivity and iPodâ connection, NavTrafficâ with Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), automatic phonebook download (select phones), Bluetoothâ Streaming Audio and RearView Monitor.
The Pure Performance of a 332-horsepower V6
All 370Z Coupes utilize the fourth generation of Nissan’s award-winning VQ-series V6. The 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) is rated at 332 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. Key to the outstanding performance is the VVEL system, which is able to optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time.
Since the VVEL system can adjust to open the valves slightly, it improves fuel efficiency by reducing camshaft friction and fuel waste. It also provides cleaner emissions by allowing for quicker warm-up of the catalyst and by stabilizing combustion when the engine is cool.
The engine is backed by a choice of two advanced transmissions, both designed to improve driver performance. The close-ratio 6-speed manual includes an available synchronized downshift rev matching system, which allows drivers of any skill level to experience professional-like gearshift performance. The SynchroRev Match® function automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the exact speed of the next gear position, essentially “blipping” the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and steering, it improves the smoothness of gear shifts by reducing the typical “shock” when the clutch is engaged. The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to shift on their own. The SynchroRev Match® system is offered as part of the optional Sport Package.
The 370Z’s 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) is designed to offer quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode with a target time of 0.5 seconds between shifts. Drivers can also use the standard paddle shifters or the shift lever. With optimized torque converter lock-up logic, the 7-speed automatic feels very direct, like a manual transmission. The 7-speed’s wide gear ratios offer improved fuel efficiency (versus a 5-speed automatic), while the Adaptive Shift Control is designed to adjust to the driver’s driving style. Fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 7-speed automatic and 18 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway for the 6-speed manual transmission.
The double-wishbone front suspension uses lightweight forged aluminum arms, a lightweight rigid aluminum-alloy cradle, and hollow construction stabilizer bar. The independent multi-link rear suspension is also stiffer and lighter than the previous generation design, with the rear cradle entirely integrated into a single part (no welding).
“High response” shock absorbers are utilized on each corner, with ride comfort enhanced through reduced shock friction, with Euro-tuned shocks available with the Sport Package.
The standard 370Z wheel and tire package features 18×8.0-inch front/18×9.0-inch 5-spoke lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/50R18 front/245/45R18 rear Yokohama ADVAN Sport high performance summer tires. Also available, as part of the optional Sport Package, are 19-inch RAYS forged lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires.
The Z®’s standard 4-wheel vented disc brake system includes Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The optional Sport Package includes Nissan Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors (versus 12.6-inch front/ rear standard rotors) with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminum red-finish calipers.
Steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion design that provides improved response. Unwanted steering kickback and vibrations are reduced through use of a solenoid valve that acts like a damper when there is a harsh impact load. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard.
The Nissan 370Z’s long list of standard safety and security features includes the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted side-impact air bags; seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, Active Head Restraints, Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
The 2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe model line-up consists of two models – 370Z and the 370Z Touring – both offered with manual or automatic transmissions. Just two options are offered, the Sport Package and Navigation Package.
The Sport Package includes Viscous Limited-Slip Differential, 19-inch RAYS super lightweight forged aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires, Nissan Sport Brakes, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, Euro-tuned shock absorbers and SynchroRev Match® (MT only).
The Navigation option includes hard drive-based navigation system with 7.0-inch VGA touch-sensitive display, NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, USB connectivity, iPod® connection and RearView Monitor.
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