By on September 7, 2016

Nissan 370Z, Image: Nissan

There’s not much new in the 2017 Nissan 370Z, and it has largely been that way since Nissan introduced it way back in, uh, wow, 2009.

Sure, an equivalently priced Mustang or Camaro is arguably more modern with better technology, but you’ll never find one of those models in this series. Why? Because, in your author’s humble opinion, buying either of those cars with the base engine is as pointless as an ashtray on a motorcycle.

The Z, though? That’s a different story.

There’s no shame in signing the note for a base Z, where $29,990 nets buyers a slick-looking rear-wheel drive coupe with double-wishbone suspension and a 3,300-pound curb weight. Nissan’s ubiquitous 3.7-liter DOHC V6 makes 332 horsepower in this application and the aftermarket support for go-fast goodies is vast. The snick-snick six-speed manual doesn’t have Synchro Rev Match at this price but hey, you know how to heel-and-toe, right?

The fast cut of the Z’s roofline recalls the same styling flourish in the mighty GT-R. While certain dusty corners of the internet have grumbled that Godzilla is getting a bit long in the tooth, no one can argue the benefits of a familial resemblance to a vehicle capable of achieving sub-3.0 second 0-60 times.

A next-generation Z is rumored to be in the works, but it may not immediately follow the path of this model. It’s very unlikely the V6 will return, being supplanted by a polar-bear friendly, downsized turbo-four. Appreciate this naturally aspirated Z while you can.

Refreshingly, Nissan sees fit not to charge extra for seven of the eight shades offered on the Z palette. The new-for-2017 Chicane Yellow is my color of choice because I am an obnoxious extrovert. Its $0 Deep Blue Pearl is also acceptable. American customers can option a delicious Black Cherry hue not offered north of the border.

But for those Canucks, the deal is even better. Nissan’s Zed in base trim is priced only eight dollars higher than an equal American version, equating to (at today’s exchange rate) a few shades over $23,000. Now that’s an Ace of Base.

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a whole lot better. What do you think of this choice, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selection.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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36 Comments on “Ace of Base: Nissan 370Z Coupe...”

  • avatar

    $23,328.79 US$ by my currency converter – that is quite the deal. The price of a well optioned Civic.

  • avatar

    On paper, slamming deal. In real life, the

    – deafening rear tire roar, particularly in the rain
    – heavy, clunky shift action and long throw heavy typical Nissan clutch
    – old world fuel economy- worse than a C7 Vette with 120 more HP
    – ancient infotainment system
    – general impracticality of a 2 seater

    make for deal breakers IMO. G37S 6MT sedan was peak FM platform enthusiast’s car.

    • 0 avatar

      I drive an ’07 350Z fairly regularly, and I understand it’s largely the same car as the current 370 (minus a lot of styling fillips). And… yes, you’re right, you’re right, you’re right and right and right. But somehow I still love driving the damn thing. It just feels good. All of those negatives add up to a car I really freaking enjoy being in control of, which, in this market, is what it’s about, isn’t it?

      • 0 avatar

        Same here, I daily (and track) my downright ancient 2003 350Z. On the highway gas mileage isn’t too bad: I average about 23 MPG with a 18 mile commute that is 70% highway / 30% city. Sure its rough, sure its loud, sure its stiff, but damn its fun and reminds you that you are in fact driving a sports car. I find the Mustang and Camaro have terrible sight lines. The fact that the Mustang isn’t a lift back just makes me sad, so much rear glass but its fixed in place. The pony car are also bigger, they feel huge yet small at the same time. From the inside you can’t tell where the corners of the car are and you feel like your in a submarine. So they have rear seats… which are acceptable for a dog only, real people can’t fit back there so what’s the point?

        With all that said a used G37S would make most people way happier as a daily driver since the interior is worlds better and the road noise is down a few dBs. The Z is like a Miata in that’s it is very compromised, but in a good way. It is focused on only one task: the driving experience. Unfortunately unless you track one such strengths are not evident.

        In general the base model is where it’s at too, it keeps the weight down and electronics simple. Its the more pure car which is what you really want if your a true Z guy or gal.

    • 0 avatar

      I admire your reserve in stating these weakness of the Zed, I find that all of these and more are present in spades. You are being kind I think. This is a Model T in modern terms, cheap, and drives just as one could expect from such a price. I do however love the styling a lot, just not the mechanical bits which are rude, lude and loud.

    • 0 avatar

      “G37S 6MT sedan was peak FM platform enthusiast’s car.”

      That’s why I own one ;-) It’s a rare car, and a great platform for modifications. And for people who complain about understeer, Nissan’s horrible clutch pedal and sloppy shifter… there are excellent, inexpensive aftermarket solutions to all of those problems.

      Best car I’ve ever owned.

      • 0 avatar

        +1 I love my 2007 G35S with the 6MT.

        It’s a great well rounded car, that does everything I want. It’s a hoot to drive aggressively in the city, while drawing minimal attention from the cops. It’s a fun track car, a great road trip car, and still luxurious enough to impress the people who care about that kind of thing.

        I saw a new Q70 in a parking lot yesterday, and it was sad to see what the successor to my car has become.

        • 0 avatar

          Successor to the G35/37 is the Q50.
          The Q70 is much larger, and is the successor to the M35/37.

          • 0 avatar

            Ah, you’re right, and that explains the monstrosity I saw yesterday. Why the hell did Infiniti think it was a good idea to rename the G37 to the Q50?

            I’ll admit, I lost any interest in Infiniti when they dropped the 6MT and renamed the car the Q50, but it’s pretty pathetic when a current Infiniti owner, is confused about the newest generation of the car they currently own.

            I most certainly will not be a repeat customer.

          • 0 avatar

            This is my second Infiniti, but I plan to switch back to Lexus after I’m done with this one. It does what I want it for better than the M. And the Q70, though lightly restyled and renamed, is the same as it was since it started in 2011.

            I have no real complaints about the M, other than mediocre AWD fuel economy in town, and lack of premium feel in a couple of areas.

  • avatar

    There’s nothing a base Z can do that a used Infiniti G37 can’t do better , and cheaper.

  • avatar

    Meh. For $25,000 or less DEAL but honestly the base (or slightly upgraded) Mustang is sooooo good.

    Hell $29,000 is getting mighty close to a 5.0 ‘Stang.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      I think I would go for a slightly used 5.0 VS the new Z for the same money. You get so much more **usable** car for the same $$ and I believe a far superior engine soundtrack.

    • 0 avatar

      As an owner of a 2016 Mustang Ecoboost Premium, I approve of this message. Really, for what I paid for my EB Premium I could have bought a 5.0 non-Premium but I made my choice and I stand by it. Not sure what I would do with 435hp. I honestly don’t even have confidence that I would be able to safely manage it on a track.

      And as much as I would want a 370Z, Mr 87 Morgan is right. With a family it’s nice to have that rear seat.

      • 0 avatar
        87 Morgan

        @devilsrotary86. Every now and again I get it right.

        Now, back to convincing people that Lucas was in fact NOT the prince of darkness….despite all evidence to the contrary.

      • 0 avatar

        ” Not sure what I would do with 435hp. I honestly don’t even have confidence that I would be able to safely manage it on a track.”

        To me, it sounds like your saying you know you couldn’t handle 435 hp on the street, and your ability to tame those beasties on a track is highly questionable?


        I’m assuming you have a brain. And decent motor skills. And the ability to judge speed and distance. And some sense of appropriateness and restraint.

        Why can’t you handle the car on the street?

        It’s not like you can’t get into trouble with 300hp. Wasn’t too long ago that the GT had 300 hp.

        I don’t know you so I’m guessin’ you said that to make a point. I’m also pretty sure that you could handle a 435 hp GT on the street. But, it wouldn’t be wise without further evidence to the contrary to not take you at your word.

        • 0 avatar

          I will split this up into two sections. Track and Street.

          For track, I am aware enough of my limits that I know that 435hp will get me to speeds that I simply don’t belong at. I remember the track day deaths around 2014 and Mr. Baruth’s writings on the matter.

          “Which brings us to the cars. Many new family sedans can shame a Sixties Ferrari GTO in the quarter-mile, and the fastest modern sports cars rival Can-Am performance. Twenty years ago, a newbie might be lucky to play with 250 hp; today that number could be 650. Factor in a control-oriented culture that often encourages turning off electronic safety aids, and you’re left with a situation that can quickly deteriorate.”

          I admit that it did affect my thinking. So for track use, I am happy and comfortable with something in the 150hp range like a Miata or an old non-turbo RX-7 (like what’s in my garage).

          As for street. You are right, I definitely could keep it rubber side down. But this is just personal experience and preference. I prefer cars that do 0-60 around ~6 seconds and a 1/4 mile of around ~15 seconds. In my humble opinion that’s a good “goldilocks” zone. Fast enough to be fun, but not so fast as to get into too much trouble of the ‘getting charged for reckless driving variety’. For me, the EB fits neatly in where I am comfortable, and the 5.0 is simply too much power for street use.

          • 0 avatar

            That’s reasonable, Devil. I always wondered why people need 650 HP on the street. I wondered that out loud in a C7 forum and all I got back were crickets.

            My old C4 has less than 300 HP. And it’s a lot of fun to drive in the streets. Yup, newer cars can “beat it” to the next light or whatever. But most of them can’t do it around a corner, or even in the looks department. So I’m happy to drive my 30 year old Chevy and enjoy it for what it is.

      • 0 avatar

        The problem with the Mustang is that the V6 is a better motor than the EB. Unfortunately, to get it, you have to suffer the lower trim level and the silly 5-inch screen.

        I’ve driven all three variants of the current Mustang and the Coyote is *definitely* the top dog. But I was really surprised how well the 3.7 worked in the car, with it’s very quick throttle response. The EB was a big disappointment with a “wait a moment while I locate the power” quality that ruined the experience for me.

        • 0 avatar

          YMMV, but I have owned an EB for about 3 months now and I couldn’t be happier. But it’s a little tricky to drive I admit. The engine wants to be wound up a little so that the turbo has enough exhaust flow to spin, but at high RPM the too-small turbo isn’t running at peak efficiency. I think it would be golden with a slightly larger turbocharger.

          But once I found the “sweet spot” (~3k to 5k RPM) it’s a hell of a car.

        • 0 avatar

          The 3.7 sounds surprisingly good too. It’s not a V8, but still has character.

    • 0 avatar

      If $29K is your price range, a new 5.0 is definitely within range. It won’t have a single option, but it’s attainable at that price after discounts. Of course, the Z will have discounts too, so it will be lower.

  • avatar

    I must agree the Mustang in its new fastback guise trumps the 370Z. I would not have said this about the prior version Mustang because I didn’t like the styling.

    (New Mustang is especially nice in dark green. Perhaps they offer a brown/saddle leather option?) :D

    • 0 avatar

      They did make the green/saddle combo, because that’s what I bought. Unfortunately, green was only for the 15/16 model years. What I didn’t realize when I started shopping was that production of the ’16s had ended a few weeks earlier. I only found a few remaining in the whole country with the color combo and engine/trans that I wanted. Luckily I only had to drive about 90 minutes away into Pennsylvania to pick it up.

      It’s unfortunate that dealers rarely order Mustangs with white/saddle/red interiors. 90% seem to have the black leather. It would be a total cave in there with an all black interior.

      • 0 avatar

        Yours might be worth more down the road for that reason.

        • 0 avatar

          I hope so, although I’m sure any dealer will tell me it’s worth less because of the color combo. All the colors I liked were dropped after ’16, including orange and deep impact blue. So the three unique colors were all dropped in favor of two more blues and another white. At least yellow is still out there, if anyone wants something unique.

          I just passed 3,000 miles yesterday. The 5.0 seems to be breaking in nicely, it actually sounds a lot better than when I bought it and was considering an aftermarket exhaust.

          • 0 avatar

            This makes me sad; those are all the colors I used to pick screwing around on Ford’s site. Guard Green + Saddle must be awesome.

            At least the saddle interior is still available, though you can only pair it with the gray scale paints. Too bad, I think it would work with Lightning Blue.

  • avatar

    The coyote is what the Z should become in spirit. It’s downright exotic in sound and power delivery. 3.73 gears and an aftermarket shifter is all it takes to make it a perfect daily hoonmobile that can easily be driven in a docile fashion returning 20+ mpg. The sound with Borla axle back is glorious. I opted for a low mile ’14 at 22k.

  • avatar

    Since the Canada angle was brought up….a Mustang GT costs $5K more here than a 370Z.

    And the 370z is an impressive performer. I remember a few comparos where it was as quick as a Cayman around a track. No small feat.

  • avatar

    By “doesn’t have Synchro Rev Match” does that mean the tranmission doesn’t have syncromesh? I thought that disappeared in car transmissions in the 60’s, if not earlier?

    I’ve driven a non syncro transmission and double clutching each change isn’t a lot of fun in city driving. The straight cut gear whine of first gear in a 3.8 Jaguar E Type is a great noise though…

    • 0 avatar

      Nissan’s SynchroRev Match has nothing to do with the function of the transmission’s syncros. It’s just a name for their computerized rev-matching function, and facilitates smooth downshifts in lieu of a driver’s ability to work the pedals. But it’s no easier on the syncros than any other form of non-double-clutched downshifting.

      I’d like to try it. Nobody’s perfect every time, so it is a practical function. It would be interesting to see if it’s capable of assisting double-clutch downshifts as well as synchro-dependent downshifts.

      • 0 avatar

        The system just rev matches, basically it does the heel-toe for you. It adjusts RPM based on the vehicles speed and your gear selection. It can handle gear skips too, IE: downshifts from 5th to 3rd for engine braking while coming to a stop on the street (not recommended on track). I assume double clutching has no effect on it, as mentioned its a throttle-by wire computer trick.

        I think it would be a fun feature. I can heel-toe in traffic in my Z, but can’t manage it on track. I think its due to not having racing seats with a harness. As is I can’t pivot the ball of my foot and roll onto the gas with my heel because all my weight is on my foot as I fight to keep myself in the seat. Its no biggie as I’m not looking for ultimate lap time and thus no trail braking or doing any mid-corner downshifts as these upset the balance of the car. I don’t have the talent to recover is such situations.

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