The Truth About Cars » nissan 370z http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » nissan 370z http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com QOTD: How Will Sports Cars Survive In The “Kit Age”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/qotd-how-will-sports-cars-survive-in-the-kit-age/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/qotd-how-will-sports-cars-survive-in-the-kit-age/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:52:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492757 NISSAN_FAIRLADY_Z_Z34

Yes, we know that you’ve all been bombarded with endless stories about modular kits these last few days. While there is a camp of skeptics out there, the move towards modular architectures is happening, and it’s going to have an effect on the way that sports cars are made. My theory is below, feel free to disagree with it.

As companies move towards these kits as a means of standardization, cars are going to become ever more homogenous. Good for profit margins, but potentially not so good for those who like interesting, fun to drive cars. In a previous era, it used to be that sports cars could have their own distinct platform, powertrains etc, but today’s scale requirements have made that next to impossible.

The middle ground is something like the Nissan Z-car. Based on the Nissan FM platform, it still drives well and looks pretty sharp, but its impossible to escape its roots; since it shares a platform not just with the G37 but the FX crossover as well, everything needs to be beefed up appropriate, and that made the car unnecessarily heavy.

Now that pretty much all cars are moving to some kind of kit architecture, there are two possibilities: develop a longitudinal kit, ala Audi’s MLB architecture, or follow the Toyota-Subaru arrangement of jointy developing a sports car.

I think that this is going to become an increasingly common occurrence in the next few years. We already have the upcoming Toyota-BMW sports car as well as the Fiat-Mazda MX5/Alfa Romeo Spider. Mazda may be a small player, but if Toyota, BMW and Fiat find it hard to justify the investment costs on their own without resorting to a partnership agreement, that should tell you something about what it costs to develop a sports car and how little ROI they typically see from it.

From where I sit, the joint-venture method looks like the best way out. For traditionalists, it will be very strange: a BMW-developed MKV Supra seems as odd to me as the European practice of dipping French Fries in mayonnaise. But the auto industry seems to be moving towards this with increasing speed. Better get used to. Unless there’s another way out.

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Chicago Auto Show: 2014 Nissan Nismo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/chicago-auto-show-2014-nissan-nismo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/chicago-auto-show-2014-nissan-nismo/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:37:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476741  

 Nissan’s motorsports division doesn’t think it has enough brand awareness in America. To counter this perception, Nissan tossed out a few NISMO (NISsan MOtorsports) models at the Chicago Auto Show. First up we have the Juke NISMO which is Nissan’s oddly shaped small crossover vehicle. The NISMO treatment makes the Juke look even more conspicuous on American roads with shapes and styles never before seen on a production vehicle. Whatever you do, don’t look up Juke in the Urban Dictionary while at work.


Thankfully the NISMO package isn’t just a styling exercise, Nissan also tosses in some cabin upgrades, faux-suede trim and a power boost. The same 1.6L engine is found under the funky hood but now cranks out 197HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. The CVT and 5-speed manual remain the only transmission options and of course AWD can be had for a price. While this is a far cry from the fire-breathing Juke R, it may help you escape the hoards of villagers with pitchforks.

Far more attractive is the Nissan 370Z NISMO gets extensive braking, suspension and styling tweaks in addition to a 350HP version of Nissan’s 3.7L V6 engine. Nissan promises improved downforce and even more fun out on the track. That should just about compensate for the extra 6.2 inches in length the NISMO Z brings to your garage. (Thank the re-tweaked front end for that.)

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2013 Nissan 370Z Debuts With Minor Changes, Ugly Wheels http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/2013-nissan-370z-debuts-with-minor-changes-ugly-wheels/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/2013-nissan-370z-debuts-with-minor-changes-ugly-wheels/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:47:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429835

We just got our first look at the 2013 Nissan 370Z, set to be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show on Wednesday. The changes are brief but good god, what did they do to those wheels?

Nissan lists the 2013 changes as

  • Refreshed front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights
  • Revised 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Sport Package equipped models)
  • New 18-inch wheels for 370Z Coupe
  • Red-finished brake calipers (Sport Package equipped models)
  • Dark-finish fuel gauge trim
  • Euro-tuned shock absorbers (Sport Package equipped models)
  • And two new exterior colours – Magma Red and Midnight Blue 
Hopefully the car is just as good to drive as the previous Z cars, but if I ever bought one, I’d have a nice shipment from TireRack waiting at home, and a buyer lined up for those tacky ninja-star-esque 18s.
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