With more tech, power, and luxury than previous Nissan Z cars, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is nonetheless lighter than its predecessor, the 350Z. 2012 Nissan 370Z is also still a relatively focused sports car despite the gradual creep toward grand touring status. If you want a Nissan 370Z, that’ll be at least $32,210 (including the $760 destination fee), according to Nissan’s recently released price sheet for the sporty coupe and roadster.
The 2012 Nissan 370Z price is largely unchanged for the 370Z — Nissan announced that all 2012 Nissan 370Z Roadster and Coupe models will cost the same as comparable 2011 models, but will get an oil cooler standard, which should please the car’s more spirited drivers.
Three versions of the 2012 Nissan 370Z are built, including the coupe, the roadster, and the 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO. Both the 2012 Nissan 370Z roadster and coupe share similar styling elements with the exception of the convertible’s soft top. Being shorter, lighter, and wider than before, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is quite sporty despite its 3,200-pound curb weight.
Inside, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is more refined, and quieter, than previous models, with better materials (though there’s still a lot of exposed hard plastic) and comfortable, well-bolstered seats. With its relatively aggressive stock suspension tune, short wheelbase, and wide track, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a potent performer, capable of neck-stretching grip and confident cornering.
Muscular curves, modern edges, and arrow-shaped headlights are the core design elements. The 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO model adds more aggressive aerodynamics, with fancy bumpers and a rear diffuser, plus NISMO badging. Powering the 2012 Nissan 370Z roadster and coupe is a 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 332 horsepower running up to a 7,500-rpm redline; though not as torquey as the 350Z’s engine, there’s still plenty of oomph from low in the rev range.
The 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO gets a perkier version of the same engine, rated for 350 horsepower; two transmissions are available: a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters, and a six-speed manual with a unique Synchro-Rev match feature that automatically blips the throttle for perfectly synchronized downshifts.
Elsewhere in the model range, Nissan announced that the 2012 Nissan 370Z Roadster convertible will no longer be offered with a manual transmission in base trim-to get the three-pedal setup and a drop top, buyers will have to opt for the Touring model.
2012 Nissan 370Z Competitors
The 2012 Nissan 370Z Roadster and coupe are fast, fun, and still easy to live with. The 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO version ups the performance ante, but at the cost of daily comfort. Since the 2012 Nissan 370Z is an obligate two-seater, unlike its more luxurious cousin the G37, you’ll have to work with the limited passenger, cargo, and storage space within the cabin.
Compared to most of its two-seat competition, however, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is rather spacious. The two-seat 2012 Nissan 370Z competes with cars ranging from the Mazda RX-8 to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. Quality of materials and their fit and finish aren’t luxury-level, but they’re a tick above the Ford Mustang, which is perhaps the 2012 Nissan 370Z most direct competitor on performance and price.
With relative newcomers to the sporty coupe segment like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe edging in with slightly better interior design and materials, and long-time stalwarts like the Ford Mustang GT gaining yet more power, the 2012 Nissan 370Z specs treads a delicate balance that may be due for an update soon.
2012 Nissan 370Z Facelift
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