2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe

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

Updated on: March 12, 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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Styles

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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, 3.7L, V-6, premium unleaded
7-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review

5.8

Overall Rating


Nismo is the racing division of Nissan that tunes the car to make them even more sporty. The Nismo divisions labor on the 370Z does make it much more appealing to the masses. With enhanced brakes, suspensions and interior the Nismo does differentiate itself well from the standard coupe. 

The engine is tuned to produce 18 more horses than the standard version. The front has some changes made to make it more sporty with an aerodynamic kit with red accents. It is one of the best track-ready cars for all those that don't want to shell a lot of money.


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 370Z Nismo currently sits atop the 370Z food chain. The Nismo has two transmission options available, Manual and Automatic both of which are a total hoot to drive. 

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

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Picking between the options available for the 370Z Nismo is actually easy, go for the Manual. It offers a much more engaging drive experience with complete control over the car. 

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Naturally-Aspirated engines are a dying breed in automation today. Nissan offers one of the few NA engines currently available in the market. One such model is the 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo, it gets all the special Nismo treatment to make it better, faster and stronger on the streets and the tracks.

The 3.7L V6 has all the modern enchantments like the VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift Control) and CVTCS (Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System) that control the valve timing for improved performance. Find out more about what the VVEL and CVTCS is in our 370Z Coupe review.

The transmission gets some enchantments like auto rev-matching for smooth shifts and perfectly matched revs. The Automatic 7-speed transmission does compliment the entire drive feel well. The shifts are well-timed for the best performance output. The Manual gives the entire control in the hands of the driver, further increasing the involvement in the drive.

The engine in the 370Z Nismo has been tuned by the Nismo Division to produce 350hp and 276lb-ft of torque that power the rear wheels. The gear ratios are short so that the power band is always able to perform at any RPM range.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Toyota GR Supra 3.0

BMW M240i

Audi TTS

MSRP

$45,790

$49,990

$45,800

$54,500

Engine

3.7L V6

3.0L Turbo I6

3.0L i6

2.0L Turbo I4

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8 Speed automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

350 hp

@7400 rpm

335 hp

@5000 rpm

335 hp@ 5500rpm

288

@5400 rpm

Torque

276 lb-ft

@5200 rpm

365 lb-ft

@1600 rpm

369 ft-lbs. @ 1520 rpm

280

@1900 rpm 

Talking about the hottest imports in the country, the Japanese, Germans, and Europeans are the segment leaders. Unlike American Muscles, they are much more apt at handling rather than conquering drag strips. The 370Z Nismo conquers this competition in terms of the biggest engine and highest power figures.

The second place is taken up by the GR Supra followed by the BMW which is marginally lower. The European Touring Trophy coupe or the Audi TT has the smallest engine and generates the lowest power figures.

Acceleration

370Z Nismo is without a doubt better than the stock variant. The Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) with shorter final drive ratios than the standard 370Z aide the Nismo to be more intense while accelerating than the standard 370Z.

The 0-60 figures of the automatic 370Z Nismo remain at 5 seconds and the manual does it in simply 4.7 seconds. The Quarter Mile figures are at a decent 13.1 seconds too.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Toyota GR Supra 3.0

BMW M240i

Audi TTS

0-60 MPH

4.7 s

3.8 s

4.4 secs

4.4 s

Quarter mile

13.2 s

12.3 s

12.7 secs

13.6 s

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.0

6.8

6.9

7.1

The GR Supra outperforms every other vehicle by a margin of 1 second in both performance tests. Although the Nismo has the biggest engine in the lot it takes the third spot in 0-60 but beats the Audi in the quarter-mile mark.

Audi takes the longest to finish the quarter-mile mark, however, it does keep up with the BMW to cross the 0-60 mark at the same time. It is impressive to see the Audi with the smallest engine making such times in the acceleration.

Braking

The 2020 370Z NISMO features the Nissan sport brakes with 14.0” vented discs and 4-piston aluminum calipers in the front and 13.8" vented discs and 2-piston aluminum calipers in the rear. It also has the R35 GTR 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. They are responsive and hold the car steady and in control whenever required. ABS and EBD are standard to ensure proper braking and even distribution of force on discs.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Toyota GR Supra 3.0

BMW M240i

Audi TTS

Brake Front (in.)

14.0

13.7

13.4

13.3

Brake Rear (in.)

13.8

13.0

13.6

12.2

60-0 MPH (ft)

105

106

107

103

The 370Z houses the biggest brakes in the lineup but stops second to the Audi TT. The quick brake response from Audi is due to its lightweight frame. The GR Supra makes it to the third spot while the information for the BMW is the last to come to a complete stop.

Ride and Handling

The 370Z Nismo is in no way like the standard 370Z from Nissan. Exclusive Nismo body dampers are mounted up front on the frame rail and in the back under the cargo area. This dampens body vibrations for better control and precise steering. Braces on the front struts help in improving overall body rigidity.

The standard suspension is specially tuned for the 370Z Nismo. offering exceptional handling. This includes higher spring and stabilizer bar rates and increased roll stiffness as well as a 0.6-inch wider track width.

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 stable around corners and doesn’t seem to lack confidence while doing highway speeds and performing overtaking maneuvers. The ride does take a hit on the city streets as the stiffened suspension can't dampen uneven roads.

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The performance of the Nismo leaves no room for questions, however, the fuel efficiency is questionable. The naturally aspirated V6 consumes fuel as it has been made to perform with not much attention given to fuel efficiency. It does return a good MPG of 26 on highways which is decent enough.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Toyota GR Supra 3.0

BMW M240i

Audi TTS

MPG (city)

17

24

21

23

MPG (highway)

26

31

30

29

MPG (combined)

20

26

24

25

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)

19.0

13.7

13.7 gal.

14.5

Range

(City/Highway)

361/494

329/425

288/411

334/421

The GR Supra proves to be the most frugal sports car out of the competitors. The Audi with the smallest engine comes in second while the BMW comfortably sits in the third place. The 370Z does sit at the bottom here but owing to its large fuel tank it has the most range in the list.

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Interior

6.0/10

The 370Z Nismo has the same dimensions and interiors as the standard 370Z Coupe. The only difference here would be of the Recaro bucket seats which are clad in Alcantara & leather and some added climate controls and Infotainment upgrades.

The whole dashboard design is engaged to enable the driver to make the best out of the vehicle. The instrument cluster and the center console is more driver-oriented. The gauges fuse the retro looks from yesteryears where the tachometer sits at the focal point.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Toyota GR Supra 3.0

BMW M240i

Audi TTS

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

38.2/54.4/42.9

38.3/54.4/42.2

40.1/54.4/41.5

37.1/53.6/41.1

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

-

-

36.5/53.4/33.0

33.8/47.9/28.9

Audi and BMW might have rear seats but accommodating adults there will not be possible. The Japanese are smart and understand this which is why both Nissan and Toyota have a passenger capacity of 2.

All the makes other than Nissan have rather good features and luxury which adds to the comfort. The interiors in the Nissan fail to impress with the decade-old cabin structure.

Interior Features

The interiors of the 370Z Nismo don't feel like it's the standard 370Z. 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

Infotainment

The 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo does feature a touchscreen system. The sad part is that the system doesn't come with in-built navigation as standard and is available in an option nor does it come with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The infotainment system is clutter-free and the display is easy to read even in harsh sunlight. The Audio system is the highlight as the 8 Speaker Bose Audio system as standard.

Infotainment Features

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

Cargo Capacity

The 370Z Nismo sits on the pedestal of performance cars. It shares a place with flagship GT-R as the only entry-level performance-oriented vehicles offered by Nissan. However, it takes a big hit when it comes to practicality. The rear cargo space is not anywhere near good. Even the cabin has very few places to keep things.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Toyota GR Supra 3.0

BMW M240i

Audi TTS Coupe

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

6.9

10.2

13.8

12.0

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.

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 to maintain stability at very high speeds. The 370Z Nismo features a front fascia that has been given a track-tested redesign. 

The rear diffuser and spoiler have also been reworked. Below the spoiler new vents have been made to increase airflow for better downforce. The diffuser houses the Nissan Dual Sport exhaust. On the sides, the Nismo oriented 19inch wheels are added to add more character.

The Nismo provides significant downforce, yet doesn’t compromise on aerodynamics. Extensive wind-tunnel testing was used to minimize drag to create a vehicle that is both sleek and aggressive, hence aiding the handling.

The 370Z has always been a small car and the little Nissan feels extremely compact. Owing to its small dimensions, tiny wheelbase, and sweet power output hustling this car in the city is easy. Even squeezing it into tight parking spots isn’t much of a hassle, which is really an odd task in the city.

Models

Nissan 370Z Nismo

Toyota GR Supra 3.0

BMW M240i

Audi TTS Coupe

Length (in)

170.5

172.5

182.7

175.9

Width (in)

73.6

73.0

71.9

69.8

Height (in)

51.8

50.9

54.2

55.4

Ground clearance (in)

4.6

4.5

5.1

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

100.4

97.2

110.6

105.9

Track width (in) F/R

61.2/62.2

62.8/62.6

61.1/63.0

59.9/61.3

Curb weight (lbs)

3486

3397

3519

3263

The M240i stands the longest and heaviest in this competition list. The Audi Coupe is longer than the Toyota, however, it is lighter than the Supra.

The Nismo stands the shortest in length but in terms of weight, it stands right behind the BMW. Toyota has the smallest wheelbase giving it the physical traits of a good handling car.

Exterior Features

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

Nissan is now a household name in terms of reliability and cost of ownership. The Z is no different from the rest, the same goes for the safety of the Z as well. Even though it is not crash-tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS, much like most sports and luxury cars, we can place a safe bet on its safety. It has the typical construction of a sports car with aluminum and steel alloys employed in the chassis for a sturdy and light frame. With the number of safety features that Nissan offers the 370Z is among the safer cars currently in the market.

Safety Features

  • Dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
  • Driver and passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags 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

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Competition

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Toyota GR Supra

The Supra makes a return in 2020 and has already garnered a lot of attention. It sits in the same price bracket as the Nismo and directly locks horns with the established Z. The Supra has modern interiors, courtest BMW and various features that go a long way in making it quicker and luxurious. 

The Z seems to lack all the flare that the Supra flaunts which is a huge jab at Nissan. Nissan has a bigger engine, that's all folks! The Supra is dynamic to drive with better everything, fuel efficiency, performance, luxury, comfort you name it. All of these factors make the Supra the best pick in the lot if one can shell 4k more.

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs BMW M240i

The M240i is one step below the M2 which is probably one of the best M cars in the current BMW lineup. One can get a taste of the same if they choose the M240i. It does beat the Nissan in all aspects.

However, due to the lack of electronic assists, the 370Z Nismo is a total hoon to drive. The 370Z has a loyal fan base and so does the BMW, its all a personal choice about which car one prefers.

Nissan 370Z Nismo vs Audi TTS

The Audi TTS ranks as one of the popular 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, has a good cargo capacity adds to its practicality aspect along with better luxury and comfort. The Nissan is sure the more fun to drive and race car worthy track. The 370Z is a better pick with a much pocket-friendly performance on the run.

2020 Nissan 370Z NISMO Coupe Final Verdict

The 370Z is a dynamic car and the Nismo tuned is much better at performing on the street and the tracks. The engaging drive experience and swift handling dynamics are the reason this car is still relevant. The unrefined V6 has a lot of untapped potential making it the hot favorite of tuners.

The price at which the 370Z Nismo is marketed makes it one of the good options to go for. However, with new cars in the market that offer a much modern feel and comfort the 370Z does seem to lack some pizzazz. If these techy and luxury aspects don't take a shining to one, they would definitely appreciate the 370Z Nismo.