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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, September 16, 2017
ISSAN has introduced a low-cost
competitor into the high-performance
sportscar scene. The bargain priced
Nissan 370Z Nismo will sell from only
$61,490 for the six-speed manual and $63,990
for the seven-speed paddle-shift automatic.
This is around $8000 less than had been
anticipated when Nissan Australia confirmed
to us Nismo would definitely be coming here a
few months back.
Based on the standard Nissan 370Z, which
is already astonishingly cheap for this class
with a tag starting at just $49,990. The Nismo
edition has added power, revised suspension,
wider tyres, bigger brakes, an attractive body kit
and Recaro trimmed interior.
This version of the evergreen Nissan Z-car
series (which dates back almost 50 years)
comes from the Nissan Motorsports division of
the Japan giant.
Nismo took the regular 3.7-litre V6 engine
and added an extra eight kW of power and
eight Nm of torque by fitting a dual sports
exhaust system and re-tuning the ECM (Engine
Control Module) calibration. Back pressure is
reduced by as much as 30 per cent.
Even better is the improved engine note.
We did an excellent drive program arranged by
Nissan Australia for the media launch of the
Nismo. This took us from Brisbane airport into
the scenic hinterland to Kilcoy and back. The
snap and snarl of the engine when worked hard
Outputs are 253 kW at an impressive 7400
rpm, and 371 Nm at 5200 revs.
The 370Z Nismo’s front and rear suspension
have sports tuning with increased spring,
dampening and stabiliser rates. Added stability
to let the suspension work on a stiff platform
is provided by the addition of a strut tower bar
Like a good old-fashioned sportscar the 370Z
grips the road with plenty of determination,
corners nicely with plenty of chassis balance.
Steering feel is excellent, though some may
find it rather heavy, particularly at lower
The big Nismo has a harsh-ish ride of uneven
surfaces and there’s quite a bit of road-roar
on coarse-chip roads. Sound like criticism?
It’s not, we really like the raw nature of the big
Nissan. This is not grand tourer, it’s the real
In any case if you’re not the full-on sportscar
driver wanting to challenge yourself, then
Nissan will be happy to sell you a regular 370Z.
Nismo sports brakes with 14-inch front and
13.8-inch rear vented rotors, with four-piston
front and two-piston rear aluminium calipers
haul off speed hard when you find you’re
carrying a fair bit of speed and a tight hairpin is
Most of our driving was done in a six-speed
manual – yippee! However we were good boys
and took the wheel of a seven-speed auto
for a while to see what it felt like. The auto is
competent enough, but just doesn’t suit this
sort of car.
Though the regular Nissan 370Z is sold as
a coupe or roadster the Nismo only comes
with the closed body. It wouldn’t make sense
to have a heavier, less rigid body to house the
A major reason for the introduction of the
Nismo to Australia is the continued sales
success of the Ford Mustang. Many had
predicted the very affordable American pony
car would sell like hotcakes in its earliest days,
then sales would dwindle rapidly once the “first
kid on the block to own one” stage passed.
That didn’t happen, so Nissan Oz is pretty
smart in getting in for a piece of the action.
We loved the old fashioned sound and feel of
the 370Z Nismo and suggest anyone who is
halfway interested gets down to North Star
Motors LMCT 8241, phone 5021 3866 or visit
nstar.com.au for more information.
Low, sporty and very well
priced - the Nissan 370Z
from Nismo certainly
looks the part.
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