Nissan 370Z – what do you want to know?

DR is off to sunny LA to drive the Nissan 370Z next week (yeah we know, tough life and all that). The programme is purely road based but we should get two full days of driving on everything from dull freeways to proper passes that run through the Californian hills.

We’re already huge fans of the 350Z and so hope and expect a smaller, lighter and more agile version with a bit more power and a tighter focus on Cayman-bashing to be great. We’ll bring you a full page-turning feature and video as soon as we can, but as ever we really want to know what you’d like to hear about the new Zed.

Please let us know and we’ll try to answer all of your questions. And if one of you could ask what it’s like with traction control disabled we’d really appreciate it…

  • Karim Dandashy

    What is it like with the traction control disabled? haha It would be great if you could compare it to the 350Z, and show the improvements they’ve made. Even, compare it to similar cars in price range, not that there’s many. I can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say about it!

  • Karim Dandashy

    What is it like with the traction control disabled? haha It would be great if you could compare it to the 350Z, and show the improvements they’ve made. Even, compare it to similar cars in price range, not that there’s many. I can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say about it!

  • Dave Knott

    I’d like to know if the interior really is a big improvement, what the engine/exhaust sound is like in the cabin (as the 350Z was a little “muted” in the cabin – sounded great from outside though), and how adjustable and easy it is to slide. Cover those three and I’ll be happy – oh, and let us know if it looks better in the metal than in the photos too!

    Cheers Chaps!

  • Dave Knott

    I’d like to know if the interior really is a big improvement, what the engine/exhaust sound is like in the cabin (as the 350Z was a little “muted” in the cabin – sounded great from outside though), and how adjustable and easy it is to slide. Cover those three and I’ll be happy – oh, and let us know if it looks better in the metal than in the photos too!

    Cheers Chaps!

  • Ollie Cornish

    A comparison with the 350Z would be good and if you could get hold of one a 240Z Or 260Z. How are they simular or do they not really share the same bloodline anymore? Addtionally some comments on how it looks in flesh would be good from the images, im not so sure it’s as much of a looker as the 350!

    Cheers Guys, Happy New Year!

  • Ollie Cornish

    A comparison with the 350Z would be good and if you could get hold of one a 240Z Or 260Z. How are they simular or do they not really share the same bloodline anymore? Addtionally some comments on how it looks in flesh would be good from the images, im not so sure it’s as much of a looker as the 350!

    Cheers Guys, Happy New Year!

  • If by anything you fail to go, I’m pleased to go as a substitute! 😀

    As soon as I read the ‘first’ things on the 370z, I liked the idea of an Cayman-target car, something that is intended to be precise, accurate, balanced, thrilling to drive… Despite the price tag that follows all of this, the one thing that really concerns me is the change in terms of wheelbase and width.
    The idea I get from this is that enlarging a car makes it more ‘gripy’ and making a short wheelbase usually turns it into something more sensible to driver inputs during a slide, for example…

    For me, the main questions are how does the chassis now copes with fast corners, how easy/rewarding it is to skid, how balanced does the ‘package’ feels, including GT abilities (as a shorter wheelbase usually is more unconfortable).

    And by the way: How does it all makes sense with the traction control turned off? 😀

    Have a nice trip 😉

  • If by anything you fail to go, I’m pleased to go as a substitute! 😀

    As soon as I read the ‘first’ things on the 370z, I liked the idea of an Cayman-target car, something that is intended to be precise, accurate, balanced, thrilling to drive… Despite the price tag that follows all of this, the one thing that really concerns me is the change in terms of wheelbase and width.
    The idea I get from this is that enlarging a car makes it more ‘gripy’ and making a short wheelbase usually turns it into something more sensible to driver inputs during a slide, for example…

    For me, the main questions are how does the chassis now copes with fast corners, how easy/rewarding it is to skid, how balanced does the ‘package’ feels, including GT abilities (as a shorter wheelbase usually is more unconfortable).

    And by the way: How does it all makes sense with the traction control turned off? 😀

    Have a nice trip 😉

  • Syncro-rev match and how effective it is when compared to real heel and toe?

  • Syncro-rev match and how effective it is when compared to real heel and toe?

  • Jack Wood

    I’d like to know a bit more about the “Auto Blip” feature. Why did they not have this on the standard mode, and only on the “Sport” mode? Surely this has the possibility to make every gear change as smooth and seamless as an auto box.
    Are there going to be any “variable” suspension options, like Magnetic Ride, or PASM?
    And I know you all like a bit of sideways action with the Traction turned off, but I’d actually really like to hear how good, or bad, the standard traction control system is. Everyone (should) knows that the PSM on a Porsche is one of the best systems out there, and that DSC on any BMW product is one of the most infuriating. How does this compare to those, or others, as this is how these cars will be driven 99.99% of the time by their owners.

  • Jack Wood

    I’d like to know a bit more about the “Auto Blip” feature. Why did they not have this on the standard mode, and only on the “Sport” mode? Surely this has the possibility to make every gear change as smooth and seamless as an auto box.
    Are there going to be any “variable” suspension options, like Magnetic Ride, or PASM?
    And I know you all like a bit of sideways action with the Traction turned off, but I’d actually really like to hear how good, or bad, the standard traction control system is. Everyone (should) knows that the PSM on a Porsche is one of the best systems out there, and that DSC on any BMW product is one of the most infuriating. How does this compare to those, or others, as this is how these cars will be driven 99.99% of the time by their owners.

  • Vince

    Does it sound at least as good as the 350Z? I was pootling in the hills of North Wales a few months back with the top down and got overtaken by a 350Z – the sound that thing made whilst being nailed was fantastic.

  • Vince

    Does it sound at least as good as the 350Z? I was pootling in the hills of North Wales a few months back with the top down and got overtaken by a 350Z – the sound that thing made whilst being nailed was fantastic.

  • Guy

    In addition to all of the good suggestions aforementioned, additionally I’d like to hear how it might compare to the e46 engine based m coupe. EVO says it wasn’t quite refined, but they seem to be turning into pusses A bit off topic but it seems to me that since ECOTY of 07 EVO has lost its magic.

  • Guy

    In addition to all of the good suggestions aforementioned, additionally I’d like to hear how it might compare to the e46 engine based m coupe. EVO says it wasn’t quite refined, but they seem to be turning into pusses A bit off topic but it seems to me that since ECOTY of 07 EVO has lost its magic.

  • Duke

    Syncro-rev match, how good is it. How easy is it to go and stay sideways. cruising ability too

  • Duke

    Syncro-rev match, how good is it. How easy is it to go and stay sideways. cruising ability too

  • JethroBovingdon

    I’m intrigued by the auto-blip function, too. Sounds like it’s very effective, but at the same time I can’t help thinking it’s cheating!

    I’ve requested a 350Z out there to compare it to directly but this may not happen (in fact I think it unlikely), but I know the old car very well so it should be easy enough to draw comparison. We’ll be doing plenty of dull freeway stuff between the fun bits so getting a handle on its more everyday qualities should happen over the course of the event. Have to admit I’m very excited about it. I think it looks great in some shots, awkward in others. Let’s hope it the metal it’s more convincing.

  • JethroBovingdon

    I’m intrigued by the auto-blip function, too. Sounds like it’s very effective, but at the same time I can’t help thinking it’s cheating!

    I’ve requested a 350Z out there to compare it to directly but this may not happen (in fact I think it unlikely), but I know the old car very well so it should be easy enough to draw comparison. We’ll be doing plenty of dull freeway stuff between the fun bits so getting a handle on its more everyday qualities should happen over the course of the event. Have to admit I’m very excited about it. I think it looks great in some shots, awkward in others. Let’s hope it the metal it’s more convincing.

  • M3 CSL

    I’ve been lurking on this website for several weeks without ever joining or commenting. Your articles are superbly written and immensly entertaining. With that precursor, could you please provide a comparison between the 370z and the E46 M3. Thanks.

  • M3 CSL

    I’ve been lurking on this website for several weeks without ever joining or commenting. Your articles are superbly written and immensly entertaining. With that precursor, could you please provide a comparison between the 370z and the E46 M3. Thanks.

  • Lou

    Everything I disliked about the 350 has been worked over on this new 370 and even though I like to stay unbiased, I can’t help but like the new Z. Even the lights. I’ve seen the other reviews but I need a good flogging by true enthusiasts to get a clearer picture of the purpose behind this new model. I’m not one for much driver aides but the new auto blip feature might be worth a look (although everyone should learn to match their own revs). The numbers that Nissan claim for it are solid but will this car be like the S2000 that is so well balanced from the factory that it can be easily upset or ruined? Have fun!

  • Lou

    Everything I disliked about the 350 has been worked over on this new 370 and even though I like to stay unbiased, I can’t help but like the new Z. Even the lights. I’ve seen the other reviews but I need a good flogging by true enthusiasts to get a clearer picture of the purpose behind this new model. I’m not one for much driver aides but the new auto blip feature might be worth a look (although everyone should learn to match their own revs). The numbers that Nissan claim for it are solid but will this car be like the S2000 that is so well balanced from the factory that it can be easily upset or ruined? Have fun!

  • Trackfun

    How does it drift?

  • Trackfun

    How does it drift?

  • phil

    I would like to see a day living with the 370z, get up and making the commute, then off for B road blast and the heading to the supermarket! What is it like to live with, what are the general looks from people on the street and the finally does it make you smile after you have done all the normal day rubbish! I am more than happy to come and do this for you!!! ha ha

  • phil

    I would like to see a day living with the 370z, get up and making the commute, then off for B road blast and the heading to the supermarket! What is it like to live with, what are the general looks from people on the street and the finally does it make you smile after you have done all the normal day rubbish! I am more than happy to come and do this for you!!! ha ha

  • Timmo

    Two things from me: What does it sound like? The very brief blast I had in a 350Z left me a little unimpressed in the sound department? The engine was a bit gruff. Is the 370 better?
    What is a power delivery like? Again, the one I drove just was a bit ‘boring’ in the way it accelerated.

    the other thing, which likely wont be able to be tested here is how it compares to the Infinity Coupe/Skyline Coupe. The 350Z and Skyline 350GT were almost identical in performance from the tests I’ve seen (but the 350GT had the extra bonus of rear seats….and I think it looked better too)
    Cheers to all the team. Love your work.

  • Timmo

    Two things from me: What does it sound like? The very brief blast I had in a 350Z left me a little unimpressed in the sound department? The engine was a bit gruff. Is the 370 better?
    What is a power delivery like? Again, the one I drove just was a bit ‘boring’ in the way it accelerated.

    the other thing, which likely wont be able to be tested here is how it compares to the Infinity Coupe/Skyline Coupe. The 350Z and Skyline 350GT were almost identical in performance from the tests I’ve seen (but the 350GT had the extra bonus of rear seats….and I think it looked better too)
    Cheers to all the team. Love your work.

  • Roo

    Curious to see if they’ve improved on-centre steering feel and whether the shortened wheelbase makes it less forgiving at the limit. AT THE LIMIT. Not near the limit. At it.

  • Roo

    Curious to see if they’ve improved on-centre steering feel and whether the shortened wheelbase makes it less forgiving at the limit. AT THE LIMIT. Not near the limit. At it.

  • SoggyDog

    Does it still have a stupidy bracing anti-dog device in the boot?

  • SoggyDog

    Does it still have a stupidy bracing anti-dog device in the boot?

  • @SoggyDog:

    From what we’ve seen in all the press material Nissan have removed the rear cross-brace making the boot space much more usable.

  • @SoggyDog:

    From what we’ve seen in all the press material Nissan have removed the rear cross-brace making the boot space much more usable.

  • JethroBovingdon

    The brace is still there, but it’s been inverted so that the boot is more usable. There’s an extra brace behind the seats, too. The car does feel much more rigid.

  • JethroBovingdon

    The brace is still there, but it’s been inverted so that the boot is more usable. There’s an extra brace behind the seats, too. The car does feel much more rigid.

  • David M

    It would be great if you could answer the following questions…

    1. Considering that the new 370Z is good 50kg heavier than the (original) 350Z, I wonder if the extra weight has negative impact on the feel of the car. ie. does it feel less nimble?

    2. The weight distribution is a fraction more nose heavy than the 350Z so I wonder if it now has more understeer and/or less mid-corner grip at the front?

    3. How does it sound from the inside (with all the extra insulation)?

    4. Does it still have a digital speedo? If so, where?

    5. Can the clock in the cenrer-console dials be swithed off, or changed to something else?

  • David M

    It would be great if you could answer the following questions…

    1. Considering that the new 370Z is good 50kg heavier than the (original) 350Z, I wonder if the extra weight has negative impact on the feel of the car. ie. does it feel less nimble?

    2. The weight distribution is a fraction more nose heavy than the 350Z so I wonder if it now has more understeer and/or less mid-corner grip at the front?

    3. How does it sound from the inside (with all the extra insulation)?

    4. Does it still have a digital speedo? If so, where?

    5. Can the clock in the cenrer-console dials be swithed off, or changed to something else?