Japanese sports cars have always been a favorite of mine; they have great lines and styling, are easy on the wallet when it comes to the gas pump, and when tuned properly can move very fast with great maneuverability. Recently we reviewed the 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster with the optional touring package and, in all honesty, the car was a blast to drive. It handled well and had a great power plant with great looks to match, but now I am delighted to be in the presence of a different version of the 370Z. This version, one that is more aggressive and powerful, can only be found in the 2010 370Z Nismo edition. This car reminds me that the era of the Japanese sports cars that I favored did not go away with the Supra, RX7, and the rest of the big Japanese cars, but is alive and well. The best part is that Nissan is still true to the original Z car introduced to the market almost 40 years ago while providing a plethora of Z cars to match the needs, budgets, and stylings of most drivers.
The interior of the 370Z Nismo edition is sleek and comfortable, much like all versions of the Z. It contains features available in all models such as the tilt steering column with integrated gauges, map lights, 3 bay gauge cluster that displays oil temperature, voltmeter, and digital clock. There were changes done to the interior of this edition, however, that give homage to the name by replacing many of the original 370Z interior components with Nismo counterparts. These changes consist of a Nismo smooth leather wrapped shift knob, leather wrapped parking brake lever, and a Nismo smooth leather wrapped steering wheel that features an illuminated steering wheel mounted cruise control and audio system controls to start.
"...the 2010 370Z Nismo is a complete package; it has the power, maneuverability and styling that is true to the Japanese sports car."
The rest of the interior is made of cloth, but receives the Nismo signature red interior stitching. The seats are embroidered with the Nismo logo and provide the driver with an 8 way adjustable shaped bucket seat with thigh support while the passenger travels comfortably in a 4 way adjustable shaped bucket seat. The seats also include knee support for both driver and passenger just in case you are in the mood for a long drive. Other interior features include a passenger seatback fall down lever for driver, auto dimming rearview mirror, power door locks with auto locking feature, power windows that feature a one touch auto up/down feature, a rear cargo cover, aluminum trimmed pedals, and a 4 speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. To complete the interior trim package a Nismo plaque of authenticity, which includes the serial number and model year designation, is placed in high visibility between the driver and passenger seats.
The Nismo 370Z’s power plant is a VQ37VHR 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 aluminum alloy engine with continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) and Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) on the intake valves. The engine also has a 95.5 x 86.0 Bore and stroke and an 11:1 compression ratio with a dual intake system that puts out an impressive 350hp at 7,400 rpm with 276 lbs of torque at 5,200 rpm. This allows the Nismo Z to hit a max speed of 155mph according to Nissan. Other perks that have been added to the engine include Iridium-tipped spark plugs, electronic drive-by-wire throttle, Nissan Direct Ignition System, and NISMO-tuned dual exhaust system with H-pipe configuration giving the Nismo 370Z a great sound when it comes down the road. Fuel economy puts the 2010 Nismo 370Z at 18mpg city and 26mpg hwy. Not bad for a high performance sports coupe that weighs 3300lbs.
Since Nissan put a great deal of thought into the 370Z Nismo’s engine, one can only expect it to be paired up with the proper drive train. It is composed of a 6 speed close ratio manual transmission with Nissan’s new SynchroRev Match system and carbon fiber composite driveshaft that hooks up with a viscous limited-slip differential (VLSD). When paired up with the engine, it delivers on performance and is a great set up for this car showing that Nissan was up to the task and did not disappoint.
Suspension and steering on the 2010 Nismo 370Z were also addressed with a great deal of thought; a complete Nismo tuned suspension package that consists of increased spring dampening and stabilizer rates is included. Also, for the front suspension, a 2 link double wishbone and aluminum alloy sub frame was added. The rear suspension is reinforced with a 4 link aluminum alloy with stabilizer bars in front and rear as well. A Nismo reinforced 3-point front strut tower brace can be found under the hood and is complimented with a rear underbody V-brace and Nismo front and rear performance body dampers. The Nismo 370Z is also outfitted with a vehicle speed sensitive power steering system that allows for this Z to turn on a dime on the street or in a road course. The Nismo 370Z is equipped with Nissan’s 4 wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) sport brakes package that includes a 4 piston opposed aluminum calipers with 14.0" x 1.30" vented front disc set up, and for the rear, a 2 piston opposed aluminum calipers with 13.8" x 0.80" vented discs. With all of this power under the hood, it is of great comfort to know that when you need this car to stop, it will do so on cue. All of this stopping power is accentuated with a set of 5 spoke Nismo super lightweight forged alloy wheels by RAYS Engineering measuring 19" x 9.5” for the front and 19" x 10.5" on the rear. These wheels are wrapped on Yokohama ADVAN Sport high performance tires measuring 245/40YR19 for the front and 285/35YR19 on the rear.
The 370Z Nismo exterior is made up of a front/rear negative lift that includes unique front fascia with splitter spoiler, aerodynamic side sills, negative lift rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. This was developed in conjunction with Autech Japan who happens to be Nissan’s longstanding conversion partner. Other exterior features are all common with the 370Z models, like an aluminum hood, doors and hatch with one touch hatch release, body color dual power heated outside mirrors, dual exhaust outlets with finishers, LED taillights, HID bi-functional xenon headlights with automatic on/off feature, and LED illuminated Z side marker emblems.
To put it mildly, the 2010 370Z Nismo is a complete package; it has the power, maneuverability and styling that is true to the Japanese sports car. It’s a car that commands to be in front simply because it’s so easy to pass everyone else on the street, highway, or road course. The best part is the price tag which is competitively priced at $40k. Nissan truly makes it easy for sports enthusiasts to “enjoy the ride”.