The new Nissan 370Z Nismo coupe is an old-school driver’s car crafted for the enthusiast. It rides on meaty tyres mounted on super-lightweight wheels and a tuned suspension with added strut bracing. The double- wishbone front/four-link rear suspension incorporates higher spring and stabiliser rates with increased damping stiffness and a 15mm-wider track.
The driveline electronics also feature automated throttle ‘blipping’ (including on the manual version) to match engine and driveline speeds on up/down-shifts, although there is an off button if you think you’re good enough. There’s a standard viscous limited slip differential, and braking is enhanced by larger rotors and Nismo Sport four-pot front callipers.
Against the current passion for turbos, the Nismo uses a traditional approach to higher engine tuning, finding 253kW and 371Nm, up 8kW and 8Nm on the standard engine. This is achieved via advanced exhaust tuning and an enhanced engine control module calibration. There’s an intoxicating exhaust rumble and background soundtrack that lets the driver know when it’s breathing deeply.
The Nismo cements its dynamic reputation through the traditional method of good balance and a favourable power-to-weight ratio. There’s a seamless blend of strong engine torque and a slick transmission, notably also in the manual, which launches it out of turns with tenacious rear-wheel-drive grip. Tight suspension does, however, make the Nismo jiggle a little on poor back roads