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9.0
/ 10
On Performance
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$30,241
BASE
MSRP
$32,280
On Performance
The 2012 Nissan 370Z Roadster and coupe are fast, fun, and still easy to live with. The NISMO version ups the performance ante, but at the cost of daily comfort.
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The 370 is the quickest and stickiest Z that Motor Trend has ever tested. Whether opting for the coupe or roadster, the Nissan 370Z delivers stellar driving dynamics, with organic steering, stout brakes, and immense grip. About the only major gripe is engine coarseness near redline.
Motor Trend

The high-winding V6 is gutsy, though you'll know when you're getting close to the 7,500 rpm redline, as the engine sounds and feels rather coarse. In terms of handling, this latest Z is the best yet, boasting tenacious grip and sharp reflexes.
Edmunds

We clocked acceleration to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and a quarter mile run in a brisk 14.0 seconds at 105 mph.
Automobile Magazine

Heel-toe down shifting, which requires using the right foot to both brake and blip the throttle, is one of the most difficult skills for any driver to learn. The 370Z's SynchroRev Match system blips the throttle, automatically providing butter-smooth downshifts every time.
Kelley Blue Book

What we have here is a $35,000 car that accelerates to 60 mph a mere 10th behind a Porsche Cayman S.
Car and Driver

Since its introduction, the Nissan 370Z has been powered by a punchy 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 332 horsepower (350 horsepower in the NISMO version) with a 7,500-rpm redline. That continues for 2012, meaning 0-60 mph times of less than 5 seconds are still to be expected, with the NISMO coming in a tenth or two faster.

Also carrying forward is the unique SynchroRev manual transmission (on Sport package models), which uses the computer to seamlessly blip the throttle and rev-match downshifts. The feature can be disabled to allow the driver to have full control, of course, but it's a handy feature that takes some of the potential for error out of high-performance driving. A seven-speed automatic is also available, with paddle-shifters and auto-blipping downshifts in manual mode. Though neither transmission is a shortcoming for sporty work, the six-speed manual wins out in our book for its high-tech gadgetry. Fuel economy isn't wondrous in either guise, at about 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Being shorter, lighter, and wider than before, the 370Z is quite sporty despite its 3,200-pound curb weight. Handling is confident and predictable, if biased toward understeer and prone to tramlining. Steering is a bit dull, with little feedback at the limit. The NISMO takes all of these characters up a degree in sharpness, but may be too harsh a daily driver for many.

Conclusion

The 2012 Nissan 370Z Roadster and coupe are fast, fun, and still easy to live with. The NISMO version ups the performance ante, but at the cost of daily comfort.

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