2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe

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2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 28, 2020
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Nissan’s Iconic GT-R and 240Z, are celebrating their 50th Anniversaries this year and to make that event even more iconic, Nissan introduced the World to its All New 370Z Nismo. Based on the standard 370Z Coupe, the 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo (NISsan Motorsports) has been tuned by the In-House performance division of Nissan- NISMO, making it the most powerful Coupe in the “Z” lineup of cars.

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Pros

Feature loaded Interiors

Slick shifting Transmission

Pure Driving Experience

Agile handling and sharp steering

Cons

Seats only 2 People

Low Cargo Capacity

What's New?

The Car remains unchanged from 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45790

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

226 cu.in.

horsepower

350 hp @ 7400 rpm

torque

276 lbs.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.2/62.2

dimensions

wheelbase

100.4 in.

length

170.5 in.

width

73.6 in.

height

51.8 in.

curb weight

3457 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

51.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

6.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/26 mpg

ev range

323 mi.

highway range

494 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe in Brilliant Silver color  2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe in Magnetic Black color  2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe in Pearl White color  2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe in Solid Red color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

5.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Base

Base

power
350 hp @ 7400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$45,790 - $47,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $45,790 MSRP (17/20/26) 350 hp @ 7400 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, premium unleaded
6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2
2dr Coupe (3.7L 6cyl 7A) Starting at $47,190 MSRP (19/22/26) 350 hp @ 7400 rpm, 3.7 L, V-6, premium unleaded
7-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

5.8

Overall Rating


The 370Z NISMO comes powered by a 3.7L V6 Motor that belts out a good 350hp and 276lb.-ft. of Torque. Other than the high revving powerful motor, the 370Z NISMO sees an upgrade in the brakes, tires, and suspension. On the Inside, the 2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO gets RECARO Alcantara Leather laden bucket Seats that tends to add to the sporty nature of the Sports Coupe. You also get the signature NISMO Red Tachometer that you would find in other NISMO cars and the option of either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

Prices for the 370Z start from $45,790 for the Manual Transmission variant and $47,190 for the Automatic variant. Speaking of the competition, while the 370 Z doesn’t have direct rivals, you do have cars like the Ford Mustang GT, Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Audi TTS that hover around the same price range and have similar body styles as well.


5.0/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Features

5.0/10

The 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo comes with just 2 transmission options that include a 7 speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Other than that, there is nothing separating the 2 cars. All the premium features that could be found on the standard 370Z, have been carried forward for the 370Z Nismo albeit with a few more upgrades.

Trim

Nissan 370Z Nismo

MSRP(6 Speed Manual)

$45,790

MSRP(7 Speed Automatic)

$47,190

Features

Leather-Appointed RECARO Sport Bucket seats

 

LED Taillights and Hyper LED DRL’s with Bi-Functional Xenon HID Headlamps

 

Bose in-dash AM/FM/CD & 6 speakers, two subwoofers and USB/iPod interface

 

19" x 9.5" front and 19" x 10.5" rear NISMO® forged alloy wheels by RAYS

 

8 Way Driver and 4 Way passenger adjust seats

 

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Voice Recognition, Navigation

 

NISMO tuned suspension with increased spring and dampening rates and larger stabilizer bars

 

NISMO designed unique front and rear fascia, side sills and rear spoiler

Any recommendations?

The 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo comes with just an option of a 7 Speed Auto or a 6 Speed Manual Gearbox. If we were to recommend one, we would recommend the Manual unit as it does at the driving experience of the 370Z and makes it more engaging.

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2020 Nissan 370Z, comes powered by a 3.7L DOHC V6 Motor with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) system. The VVEL system helps optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time. In the real world, all this tech translates to a power figure of 350hp @ 7400rpm and torque figures of 276 lb.-ft. @ 5200rpm. There are two transmissions to choose from, a 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed auto. Both gearboxes try their best to make life easier for the driver, and even the manual version takes things into its own mechanical hands. It has a rev-matching feature, which automatically blips the throttle every time you shift gears.

The engine is quite relaxed in the way it makes its power, and being a naturally aspirated motor, the response is instantaneous. The gearbox has short ratios, which ensures that the engine remains in the power band at all times. Highway cruising is easy, with little need to downshift. A free-flow dual exhaust combined with an H-pipe configuration reduces back pressure by up to 30% that creates an exhilarating exhaust note.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD*

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD*

Audi TTS Quattro*

MSRP

$45,790

$40,450

$42,995

$54,795

Engine

3.7L V6

5.0L V8

6.2L V8

2.0L TFSI

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

350hp@ 7,400rpm

460hp @ 7,000 rpm

455hp @ 6000 rpm

306hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque

276ft-lbs.@ 5200rpm

420 lbs.-ft. @ 4600 rpm

455ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

295lbs.-ft.@1600rpm

*2019 Model Year figures used for reference purposes only

The American Rivals of the 370Z Nismo offer a far higher Power and Torque figure courtesy of their Big Engines. Both the Chevy and the Ford generate around 450+hp and over 400 lb.-ft. of Torque. The European rival of the Nissan i.e. the Audi TTS Quattro delivers the lowest in terms of numbers.

How fast is the Nissan 370Z Nismo?

Being a NISMO, you would expect the 370Z Nismo to be better than the stock version and it surely is. The Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) with shorter final drive ratios than the standard 370Z, makes for a better acceleration feel than the standard 370Z. The 0-60 figures of the manual 370Z Nismo stand at 5.1 seconds and the manual does it in just 4.6 seconds. The Quarter Mile figures are at a respectable 13.1 seconds as well.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD*

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD*

Audi TTS Quattro*

0-60 MPH (Sec)

4.6

4.6

4.1

4.4

Quarter mile (Sec)

13.1

12.6

12.3

12.8

Engine

3.7L V6

5.0L V8

6.2L V8

2.0L TFSI

Emission 

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

8.9*

7.4

7.1

7.0

The Chevy Camaro SS as of now stands tallest among the rest in terms of the 0-60MPH figures, while the Audi comes the next on the list. The Ford is slightly off pace when compared to the Audi by not a big margin and similar results have been obtained in the quarter-mile runs as well.

What about the Braking performance the Nissan 370Z Nismo?

The 2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO features massive 14" 4-piston front brakes and 13.8" 2-piston rear brakes – the largest brakes ever offered on a 370Z. Taking a page from the legendary GT-R, they feature high-rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid. The Brakes offer a good feel while operated under pressure and don’t feel squishy or spongy in the application at any time.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD*

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD*

Audi TTS Quattro*

Brake Front (in.)

14.0

13.9

13.6

13.3

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

13

13.3

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3457

3705

3686

3164

60-0 MPH (ft.)

105

104

103

103

*2019 Figure Used

In terms of braking, there isn’t much difference between all the cars here. They all manage to show similar figures even with their relatively diverse weights and brakes.

How good is the Ride and Handling of the 370Z Nismo?

The 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo doesn’t feel like the ordinary 370Z that you would have driven till now. Special body dampers mounted up front on the frame rail and in the back under the cargo area help dampen body vibrations for better control and precise steering. Braces on the front struts aid in improving overall body rigidity. The standard 370Z Coupe double-wishbone front/4-link rear suspension design suspension is specially tuned for the 370Z NISMO, offering exceptional handling – including higher spring and stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness and front and rear damping factors, as well as a 0.6-inch wider track width (compared to non-NISMO models). The 370Z NISMO also features a tight, rigid body structure with a strut tower bar brace and a pair of performance dampers, which quickly and efficiently react to help control body vibrations from road input via the tires, contributing to the 370Z NISMO's outstanding handling and performance feel.

The Handling of the 370Z Nismo is predictable and stable around corners and the coupe doesn’t seem to lack confidence while doing highway speeds and performing the overtaking maneuvers. The ride does take a hit on the city streets as the stiffened suspension doesn’t soak up as well as you would expect from normal coupes. But this isn’t an ordinary coupe as well. The suspension does yield terrific results while going down mountain roads or tackling canyons as it ensures that the Nissan comes out of the corners with the max speed and without losing out the momentum to body roll.

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Fuel Economy

4.0/10

If you don’t want to compromise on fuel efficiency but still enjoy some good performance, there aren’t many cars that would fit the bill. Thankfully, the 370Z is a sipper, sipping just 1 gallon every 26 miles on the highway, a very respectable figure. City efficiency takes a hit though, reaching just 17 miles per gallon.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD*

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD*

Audi TTS Quattro*

MPG (city)

17

15

16

23

MPG (highway)

26

25

24

29

MPG (combined)

20

18

19

25

Fuel Capacity(Gallons)

19

16

19

14.5

Range (City/Highway)

323/494

240/400

304/456

334/421

The Audi TTS trumps the other cars in the MPG test as it delivers the most MPG figures out of the lot. Audi’s low power figure can be claimed responsible for the same fact as well though. The Chevy Camaro matches the Nissan in this test, while the mighty Ford, comes in last.

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Interior

6.0/10

The 2020 Nissan 370Z comes with just 2 seats, as should all 2-door coupes, as the rear seats are usually entirely unusable. While the seats are fairly comfortable, taller people might have a little trouble finding the sweet spot for their seats. The seats themselves, however, are proper sport seats as Nissan has employed Recaro’s Alcantara Trim Sport bucket Seats in the 370Z NISMO.

The interior materials are quite premium though, and you can easily forget that you’re in a budget car. The front seats are well-padded and supportive and offer a level of comfort not usually seen in cars of this price bracket. The base model doesn’t have active noise cancellation, which means the cabin gets a bit loud when driving fast. Other than that, vibrations, if ever noticeable, can sometimes creep into the cabin.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD*

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD*

Audi TTS Quattro*

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.2/54.4/42.9

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.1/53.6/41.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

34.8/52.2/29.0

-

33.8/47.9/28.9

Coupe cars rarely have usable space in the rear seats, and that tradition is well followed in this segment. The Audi and the Ford are exceptions as both of these cars can seat 2 children behind the front seats while the Chevy can’t accommodate any inside.

What about the Cargo carrying capacity?

Just like the rear seats, the trunk is cramped too. The 6.9 cubic feet can only fit two or three bags, which considering the “real” seating capacity, seems like Nissan hopes for the 370Z customer to never use it for anything other than a leisure drive. Which is fine.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD*

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD*

Audi TTS Quattro*

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

6.9

13.5

9.1

10.8

For the competition part, it’s the Ford Mustang that offers the most cargo space while the Audi comes in as the second-best here. The Chevy Camaro comes second to last but still offers a fair amount of space higher than the Nissan.

What features to expect on the inside?

Quite a lot to be honest. That sounds unfamiliar, right? Well, despite being the most hardcore car of the entire 370Z series, the interiors of the same don't feel like a bare-bones unit. You get all the creature comforts and convenience features that you would find in a high-end Nissan. The most noteworthy of all features include the following

  • Automatic temperature control with In-cabin microfilter
  • One-touch auto up/down power windows with remote windows down
  • Nissan intelligent key with push-button start
  • Nismo Alcantara/leather-wrapped tilt adjust steering wheel with mounted audio controls
  • Auto-dimming RVM with Homelink universal transceiver
  • 8-way driver and 4-way passenger manual adjust seats
  • Aluminum trimmed pedals
  • Recaro leather-appointed seats with Alcantara inserts
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob

Does the Nissan 370Z Nismo, feature a fancy Touchscreen Infotainment system?

Unlike some of its rivals, the 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo, does feature a touchscreen system. However, the sad part is that the system doesn't come with in-built navigation as standard (available only as an option), nor does it come with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The infotainment system, on the whole, feels clutter-free and the display is easy to read, even in harsh sunlight. The Audio system has to be a highlight as you get an 8 Speaker Bose Audio system as standard. Other highlights include

  • 7" Touchscreen infotainment system with Nissan voice recognition
  • 8 Speaker Bose audio system with dual subwoofers
  • Active noise cancellation, sound enhancement with speed-sensitive volume control
  • SiriusXM radio, traffic and weather subscription
  • Mp3/WMA/DVD playback functionality
  • Bluetooth Audio with hands-free
  • USB, AUX input

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Exterior

7.0/10

Nissan has done some clever additions and reworks to the standard 370Z to make it worthy of the NISMO tag. To create additional downforce that helps the driver maintain stability at very high speeds, the 370Z NISMO features a front fascia that has been given a track-tested redesign, while the rear diffuser and spoiler have also been reworked. The 2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO provides significant downforce, yet doesn’t compromise on aerodynamics. Extensive wind-tunnel testing was used to minimize drag — often a by-product of high-downforce designs — to create a vehicle that is both sleek and aggressive, hence aiding the handling of the Coupe.

The 370Z has always been a small car, and even with strict competition from the likes of Ford and Chevrolet, the little Nissan feels extremely compact. Behind the wheel, the weight of the car simply disappears, and there is absolutely no effort required to drive this car.

Owing to its small dimensions, tiny wheelbase, and sweet power output, you can easily hustle this car in the city. Even squeezing it into tight spots isn’t much of a hassle, all you need is a little patience.

Model

Nissan 370Z Nismo RWD

Ford Mustang GT Premium RWD*

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS RWD*

Audi TTS Quattro*

Curb weight (lbs.)

3457

3705

3685

3164

Length(in)

170.5

188.5

188.3

165.0

Width(in)

73.6

75.4

74.7

72.1

Height(in)

51.8

54.3

53.1

52.8

Ground clearance (in)

4.8

5.7

N/A

5.11

Wheelbase (in)

100.4

107.1

110.7

98.6

The Mustang hauls the most metal and consequently is the heaviest and the largest in here. The Chevy is closely matched to the Ford in terms of dimensions, followed closely by the Nissan. The Audi is the smallest and the most compact of the lot but is still taller than the Nissan.

Features to look up to on the outside?

To distinguish the NISMO from the standard 370Z, Nissan has added some NISMO specific features on the 370Z NISMO. These additions aren't just about form but function as well. These features include

  • 19” Forged Alloys by Rays
  • Auto On/Off HID Bi-Functional Xenon Headlights with LED DRLs
  • LED Taillights
  • LED illuminated Z Side Marker Emblems
  • Aluminum Hood, Doors and Hatch
  • Body Color Power Heated ORVM
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • NISMO designed Front and Rear Fascia, Side Sills and Rear Spoiler

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Safety

Like other Nissan Cars, the 2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO comes with the best in terms of safety equipment that Nissan has to offer today. The 2020 Nissan 370Z comes loaded with a host of safety features:

  • Dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and passenger seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for occupant head protection
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System
  • Seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system (ELR for the driver)
  • Active head restraints
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Top tether anchors
  • Zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases
  • Aluminum side-door guard beams
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

IIHS and NHTSA Ratings unavailable for now

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Competition

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Ford Mustang GT

The Ford Mustang GT is a proper muscle car as it offers a ton load of Horsepower without breaking a hole in the pocket of the customers. What makes the Mustang even more attractive is its Cargo Capacity and the practicality aspect of the cabin. However, in terms of the build quality and dynamics on the track, the Mustang GT can’t simply match the Nissan. The Nissan has the proper pedigree to beat the mustang on a race track and has been put way better than the mustang. The 370Z also feels more luxurious on the inside despite the sporty bucket seats and the contrast stitching.

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Chevrolet Camaro SS

The Chevrolet Camaro SS ranks as one of the most powerful Camaro’s that the Detroit based automaker has ever built. With over 400+ HP on tap and great handling, the Camaro is a hoot to drive. What puts the ball in the favor of the Camaro furthermore is its added cargo capacity and tech laden infotainment system. The Nissan, on the other hand, focuses more on providing a luxuriously built cabin while offering the racy components that we associate sports cars with. The Nissan also feels way better built than the Chevy but loses out on technology in the cabin.

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Audi TTS

The Audi TTS ranks as one of the most compact sports cars in the market. The TTS comes with lesser power than the Nissan and is much more expensive than the same. But Audi trades off its performance for mileage as its heads above the Nissan in this aspect. The fact that the Audi can ferry 4 passengers and has a good cargo capacity adds to its practicality aspect. The Nissan is sure the more fun to drive and race car worthy track. But if you want a daily driver that can give you occasional thrills on the track, the Audi doesn’t fall short of doing all these.

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Final Verdict

Japan is known for creating some of the sturdiest and reliable cars in the world. With the 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo, the Japanese have rendered all of those qualities in their sports cars as well. The Smallest Sports Car in the marquees lineup, the 370Z Nismo ticks a lot of boxes in the minds of people, who look for performance, dynamism, and handling. The Nismo is good in terms of Fuel Efficiency figures as well and is a long legged stallion on the motorways. So, if you are bored of the run of the mill Camaro or the Mustang and want something that will stand the test of time and will give you the thrills of a proper racecar, there isn’t a better sports coupe to go for than the 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo.