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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe Manual
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 18 26 $30,241 $32,280
2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 26 $31,457 $33,580
2-Door Coupe Manual Touring 18 26 $34,250 $36,980
2-Door Coupe Automatic Touring 19 26 $35,452 $38,280
2-Door Coupe Manual NISMO 18 26 $38,916 $41,660
2-Door Roadster Automatic 18 25 $37,506 $40,500
2-Door Roadster Manual Touring 18 25 $40,002 $43,200
2-Door Roadster Automatic Touring 18 25 $41,205 $44,500
2-Door Coupe V6
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Boss 302 17 26 $36,999 $40,310
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 17 26 $31,059 $33,710
2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $27,459 $29,710
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 19 29 $24,399 $26,310
2-Door Coupe V6 19 29 $21,245 $22,310
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 15 23 $44,161 $48,810
2-Door Convertible V6 19 29 $25,845 $27,310
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 19 29 $28,899 $31,310
2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $31,959 $34,710
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 17 26 $35,559 $38,710
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 15 23 $48,611 $53,810
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,241
$21,245
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,280
$22,310
Monthly Payment Estimate
$538 / month
$372 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars. The 2012 Ford Mustang doles out all the tire-smoking pony-car thrills, but it's also grown to become quite a sophisticated car.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two-Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 42.9 42.4
Passenger Capacity 2 4
Front Hip Room (in) 54.6 53.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 38.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 55.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 51.6 83.3
Second Head Room (in) - 34.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 51.6
Second Leg Room (in) - 29.8
Second Hip Room (in) - 46.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.8 62.9
Wheelbase (in) 100.4 107.1
Liftover Height (in) 35.9 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.6 73.9
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 62.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.84 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 167.2 188.1
Height, Overall (in) 51.8 55.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 6.9 13.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 0.6 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 1.1 12.4 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19 16.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.5 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.8 33.4
Steering Type Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 34.7 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size 225/50WR18 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size T145/80D17 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 245/45WR18 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3245 3453
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 3.7L/- TBD - 3.7L/227
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 332 @ 7000 305 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 270 @ 5200 280 @ 4250
Engine Order Code VQ37VHR 99M
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.62 1.66
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.84
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.32 2.53
Trans Order Code NA 44X
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.69 2.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.79 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.79 4.23
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan 370Z Ford Mustang
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 3-Link Solid Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Panhard rod
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.7 8.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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