2014 Nissan 370Z Coupe vs. Sporty NISMO Version

By Brandy Schaffels.

As if the standard 2014 Nissan 370Z isn’t already sporty enough, Nissan’s Motorsport division has released a new high-performance version bearing the NISMO name and offering racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension, and more. It’s a pricey upgrade, so what do you get if you choose the NISMO variant?

Performance

Aftermarket tuners will appreciate the NISMO edition’s high-performance powertrain, which builds on the 332-horsepower/3.7-liter DOHC V-6 engine found in the standard Nissan 370z coupe. The standard Nissan 370Z coupe offers the buyer’s choice of six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The racing-inspired NISMO 370Z is powered by a specially tuned 3.7-liter DOHC V-6 engine featuring Variable Valve Event and Lift Control which boosts performance to 350 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm and 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. A close-ratio six-speed manual transmission features Nissan’s “SynchroRev Match” synchronized downshift rev matching system, which automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to smooth out any up/down shifts. (The system can be deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer to manage RPM on their own.) What’s the fuel economy? If these figures will affect your decision to buy, this is not the car for you.

The 370Z NISMO’s double-wishbone front/four-link rear suspension design suspension is specially tuned for race-inspired handling, including higher spring and stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness and front and rear damping factors (compared to the non-NISMO model). A more rigid body structure includes a strut tower bar brace and a pair of performance dampers to quickly and efficiently control body vibrations.

To add to its racing-inspired performance, the 2014 370Z NISMO wears five-spoke Nissan-branded 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels (19×9.5-inch front, 19×10.5-inch rear) with a Gun Metallic finish shod by Bridgestone Potenza S001 Y-rated high-performance tires (245/40ZR19 front, 285/35ZR19 rear). Quick stops are provided by large-diameter NISMO Sport Brakes (14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors boasting four-piston front and two-piston rear aluminum calipers). The braking system includes a variable-ratio brake pedal, high-rigidity brake hoses, R35 Special II fluid and attention-getting red-finish calipers.

Exterior Features

Outside, the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO edition offers buyers a choice of Pearl White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic, and Solid Red paint, accented by red pinstripes and dark gray fascia, side mirrors, and doorsills. The 2014 370Z NISMO is 6.2 inches longer than the standard 370Z Coupe and includes an extended front nose design as well as a fully integrated chin spoiler, which, in addition to offering a sense of dynamic movement, also enhances aerodynamics. The 370Z NISMO wears special side sills and a unique rear bumper to help control airflow under the vehicle, while a functional rear spoiler increases downforce.

2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Inside

The 370z NISMO Edition includes bespoke black and red fabric logo seats with red stitching, eight-way driver’s/four-way passenger manual adjustments, and adjustable front seat active head restraints. Additional interior distinctions include a red NISMO tachometer, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and red stitching, leather-wrapped shift knob, and aluminum-trimmed pedals. A special plaque of authenticity identifies its unique serial number and model year designation.

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO

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 and automatic climate control. An AM/FM/CD/AUX four-speaker audio system is standard, though a Bose audio package with in-dash six CD changer, two additional speakers (for a total of six), two subwoofers, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, auto-dimming inside mirror, and HomeLink universal transceiver is optional.

Pricing

Manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) for the standard 2014 Nissan 370Z starts at $29,900 when equipped with six-speed manual transmission; stepping up to the seven-speed automatic transmission brings the standard 370Z Coupe up to $31,290. If you’ve got a desire for race-inspired tuning, additional horsepower and torque, and eye-catching styling, choosing the high-performance 370Z NISMO edition brings the MSRP up to $43,020 (pricing does not include a $790 destination and handling charge).

2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo

(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Nissan.)