2019 Nissan 370Z Nismo Review

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The 370Z does ‘fast’ a bit differently to the other quick Nissan, the big, bad GT-R. That car is all about the tech – Internet-friendly acceleration enabled by a quick-shifting double-clutch gearbox and intelligent all-wheel drive, tyres filled with nitrogen because it’s more stable than air, and an engine hand-built in a hermetically-sealed room so the internals aren’t contaminated by the air you and I are forced to breathe every second of every hour of every day.

The 370Z – which has just been updated for 2018 – doesn’t have all-wheel drive, a double-clutch gearbox or an especially clever engine. This is the closest Nissan gets to barn-door engineering – a big, by modern standards, 3.7-litre V6 at the front, a six-speed manual (or seven-speed automatic) gearbox and two seats in the middle and rear-wheel drive at the back. In a world of all-wheel drive, 400bhp, £50,000 hot hatchbacks, the £30,000-odd, 328bhp Nissan is a bit of an anachronism.

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It was launched almost 10 years ago and hasn’t really had a major update since. For 2018 Nissan’s changed the bumpers, light-clusters, wheels and given manual versions a ‘high performance’ clutch. The more powerful, more serious, more expensive Nismo is unchanged and still on sale.

We only drove the new 370Z on track, with a man sat next to us who wouldn’t let us switch off the ESP. And that was a bit irritating because the system isn’t very clever. It seems to cut power altogether – and at the merest hint of a slide – rather than meter it out. A Mustang’s traction control gives a load of slip before it reigns you back in, the 370’s gives none whatsoever, which makes driving it swiftly trickier and less satisfying than it ought to be. Unless you turn it off, plainly, something a car like this really demands. We’ll update this review when we’ve a) had a go without the TC and b) driven it on a real road.

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But that said, even though the 370 is not about outright speed the nat-asp engine is a strong and satisfying companion, if a little droney, and the manual gearbox gives a smooth and easy shift. Auto rev-matching is great on track, giving you time to concentrate on lines and braking points rather than what you’re doing with your feet. We’d love to tell you about the ride quality, but Silverstone is awfully smooth… Even on track it’s obvious the 370 isn’t especially firm, so it ought not to rattle and shake its way down a B-road like an old M3 with cut springs. Brakes are strong and pedal feel is good, and because the steering is still hydraulically-assisted you get a satisfying amount of heft.

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