2011 Nissan 370Z GT

While everyone’s attention at Nissan’s stand in Geneva was aimed at their new Esflow concept, the 370Z GT Edition sitting idly by almost passed by unnoticed. It’s a little unnerving, but it’s a good thing it didn’t escape altogether because it is a very cool car. The model was created as a special celebration of Nissan’s huge success in GT racing all over the world and as part of the celebration the special edition gets subtle suspension revisions, special racing strips, new wheels, and three special body color choices. The V6 engine remains unchanged.

"The 370Z is an iconic sports car and the GT Edition underlines its appeal to enthusiasts everywhere," said Pierre Loing, Vice President Product Planning, Nissan International SA. "The combination of outstanding performance and the dramatic looks of this very special 370Z more than lives up to the heritage of its illustrious forebear while its strong links to the race track shows its true pedigree."

UPDATE 05/18/2011: The Nissan 370Z GT will be going on sale in the UK on June 1, 2011, for a starting price of £35,000 - or about $57,000 at the current exchange rates. The model will be distinguished by three special body color choices, side stripes, and darkened 19” alloy wheels.

UPDATE 06/07/11: Auto Express has come out with a review for the Nissan 370Z GT. We don’t want to spoil anything because we want those guys to let you in on what they think themselves. Check out the video after the jump.

UPDATE 11/21/11: The Nissan 370Z GT Edition is dropping in the Spanish market courtesy of Nissan Motor Iberica. Interested customers might need to keep their Christmas bonuses on their pockets because the car will carry a pretty hefty price tag of €47,400 ($63,700) for the Black Pearl version and €49,850 ($67,000) for the Black Rose version.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Nissan 370Z GT.

Exterior and Interior

Nissan 370Z GT

The new Nissan 370Z GT Edition will be distinguished by gray ’GT’ stripes running along the flanks of the car and standard 19" RAYS forged alloy wheels, which are finished in a dramatic anthracite color. Customers can choose between three exterior colors: metallic black, pearl white, and Black Rose (exclusive to the GT Edition).

Some stripes and wheels are fine, but the real changes were made with some significant suspension and equipment improvements, including a retuning of the dampers to provide the ideal balance between ride comfort and high-speed handling.

The list of standard equipment will include: a rear view parking camera as part of the Nissan Premium Connect satellite navigation option and the standard fitment of a tire pressure monitoring system.

Engine

Nissan 370Z GT

Lift the hood of the Nissan 370Z GT Edition and you’ll find the same 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 332 HP at 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine can be combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission that offers a special snow mode which, when applied, sets the car off in second gear and controls engine revs to prevent wheel spin on ice or snow. Refinement is enhanced by revisions to underbody insulation to reduce road noise.

Prices

Nissan 370Z GT

The new Nissan GT Edition will be produced in limited numbers. The Nissan 370Z GT will be going on sale in the UK on June 1, 2011, for a starting price of £35,000 - or about $57,000 at the current exchange rates.

Competition

Nissan 370Z GT

With the new GT edition, Nissan will once again provide some competition for models such as the Porsche Cayman and the Audi TT .

The Cayman, a model that was declared "enemy number one" for the 370Z by the company itself, is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp. The Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp. The Audi TT gets a 2.0 TFSI engine that delivers 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed S tronic transmission.

It’s easy to see that the Nissan 370Z GT is more powerful than the other two models, but the votes for the Nissan don’t end there. There are also a few other aspects where the Nissan Nissan model is better than competitors. For one, it’s cheaper - the TT is priced from $38,300 and the Cayman from $51,400 - plus some may even go as far as saying that it is better looking than both of the other models. The GT also boasts of a faster 0-60mph sprint than the Audi as the 370Z gets 5.3 seconds, compared to Audi’s 5.7 seconds.

Nissan 370Z GT
LOVE IT
  • Sporty appearance
  • Pearl white with racing stripes is simply amazing
  • Nice wheels design
LEAVE IT
  • We would have preferred a power boost
  • Limited Edition
  • As a special edition, it’s kind of weak in terms of upgrades

34 comments:

Well, that one is certainly a nice review that they have put up there. And as expected, the 370Z did come out rather good. Makes me more than excited about this car.

Heck! I prefer a power boosting performance on this car. 300+ hp for this car is not that impressive knowing that its the same manufacturer that made the ever famous GTR. Is there an aftermarket version for this model?

Comparing to other model like the 320Z, I think the figure performance of this car is much better. However, looking at its competitor, is that the Cayman that Porsche has been preparing for the Frankfurt Motor Show?

you, the 307Z’s successor is still pretty much in development, so we probably would have to wait for a few months more. But from what I have heard, that car is certainly going to be great.

Yeah, that’s also the rumour that I have heard. But I doubt that they would be releasing the 370Z’s successor any time soon, since the car is still doing great in the market.

So, what are their next plans for this car. I heard that Nissan is currently developing a successor for this baby. Is that true? I hope they would be able to improve a lot on its platform.

Yes, that one is definitely going to be a good move by Nissan. Though, I would say that, even with the lower price, not a lot of folks will still be able to get this baby that easily.

Well, you’re right, the car is not going at the expected price range. But I think that it is a good move by Nissan, since the lower price will make the car more accessible.

Hmm, they’re putting the car rather low on the UK market. Well, maybe that’s how they intend to attract more buyers. But then again, even at a higher price, the car would still be a hot sell.

Wow! Its a good thing that they have managed to increase the horsepower of this car. Originally, the 370z has only around 200+ hp and additional 100 hp is not bad at all. However, comparing with all the model of GTR, I think this one seems to be less powerful.

This one is actually promising for Nissan’s sports car line. The 370Z is certainly going to attract a lot of attention from car buyers, though it would really need to get more power.

I would definitely pick this one up over a Porsche anytime. For one, it would be way cheaper than a Porsche. And of course, it would be much easier to search out parts for this.

I never though that the 370Z is actually this great looking. The overall shape actually reminds of the Porsche line. But of course, there are also a lot of features that will really make the car stand out on its own.

Europeans don’t like racers as much as Americans. Its a nice car but please add some new car! and point them to Nürburgring world car racing track.

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