2018 Nissan 370z Nismo

 
 

Nissan's 2018 370z Nismo. How could I say no to a rear wheel drive, manual transmission sports car with a beefy V6? 

Disclosure: Nissan Canada & JS Auto provided me with the 2018 Nissan 370z Nismo for a week to test drive, and photograph. All photos in this blog post was taken by me.


ACCELERATION: 7/10

  • 350 HP @ 7,400 / 276 lb.-ft. @ 5,200 rpm
  • VQ37VHR ‐ 3.7-litre DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission
  • 5.0 seconds 0-100 km/hr 

BRAKING: 8/10

  • Great braking range thanks to its wide tires

HANDLING: 7.5/10

  • Balanced drive feel when you get it going
  • Great precision and 

RIDE: 6/10

  • Do not look for a good ride feel. The suspension is pretty harsh on rougher roads. It may not be a good daily driver unless you're always on smooth roads.

cabin noise: 6/10

  • Noisiest car I have ever tested. So much road & tire noise
  • It even have fake engine noise 

ECONOMY: 6.5/10

  •  17/26/21.5- City/Highway/Combined

EXTERIOR: 8/10

  • Has a muscular and athletic look
  • Body around the wheel extrude quite a bit and has this wide styling
  • Nismo design looks great. The red accents make it pop on white

SAFETY|SECURITY|TECH: 6.5/10

  • Active Head Restraints
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Hood-buckling creases
  • Aluminum side-door guard beams
  • Immobilizer Key System
  • Anti-theft system
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Driver and passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters (3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt system) (ELR for Driver)
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags for occupants head protection


INTERIOR FOR DRIVER: 7.8/10

  • Poor visibility! Lots of blind spots!
  • Rev match is a nice feature! The Z was one of the first cars to offer this feature
  • Drive feel is made for driving enthusiast
  • Really nice short shifter
  • Difficult to get in and out 
  • Has a very raw and old school feel
  • Interior is feeling dated

INTERIOR FOR PASSENGERS: 6/10

  • Space and ride comfort is not a priority so passengers shouldn't expect it.
  • Hard to get in and out

INTERIOR STORAGE: 7/10

  • Being a sports car, storage practicality is not its priority
  • Very shallow trunk and the wheel eat up a lot of usable space
  • Interesting behind the driver and passenger seats there is a bit of room to put stuff in
  • Surprisingly I was able to fit two drones, my camera bag and gimbal all in the trunk

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM: 7/10

  • Receives a new Infotainment system but I still think it could use a more modern interface

OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE 2018 Nissan 370z nismo:

Nissan's 2018 370z Nismo isn't the freshest option on the sport car market with a body that hasn't changed in a decade but it's still a good looking design. It has a nostalgic old school interior, muscular look, sporty drive feel, and satisfying short shifter. The end result is a fun driving machine.

The harsh suspension, and noisy cabin may not be a fun car to daily but it can hold its own on the track. If you're in the market for a rear wheel drive sports car take a look at the 370z.