2013 Nissan 370Z Performance

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Performance
While the 370Z gets a number of appearance and feature updates for 2013, the 3.7-liter VQ-series V-6 engine continues pumping out 332 horsepower (or 350 hp in NISMO form), wrapped in the same basic Coupe and Roadster body styles. The engine, is, as ever, a fun and forceful companion, though the sound isn't as sweet as it was in 3.5-liter form.

The SynchroRev manual transmission isn't bright-and-shiny new anymore, but it's no less gadget-cool for that fact; it's also a very successful, working system. Grabbing some of the best from the dual-clutch world while preserving the engagement and simplicity of the traditional manual transmission, it's the best of both worlds--and it can be deactivated if you like. The gearbox itself is a touch heavy and stiff for some tastes, but it delivers precise, predictable shifts. The automatic transmission, on the other hand, with its paddle shifters, does a passable job of emulating dual-clutch fun, but it doesn't rise to the occasion of a track-day or extended sport driving on the open road.

With a bit less wheelbase and weight than the 350Z that came before it, the 370Z feels, and ultimately is, a bit more nimble, too. The slightly dull steering, communicating little feedback to the driver, detracts from the feeling somewhat, but it's not enough to get in the way of enjoying the 370Z's stiff chassis or grippy road-holding ability.

Both Coupe and Roadster forms of the 2013 Nissan 370Z are quick and nimble, but if you've got the cash, the NISMO takes it to another level.

The Roadster softens all of the 370Z Coupe's traits a touch, with a little less rigidity from the chassis, but the open-top factor may well outweigh the slight hit to performance if you're a fan of convertibles. The NISMO, on the other hand, heightens all of the 370Z's traits, from acceleration and handling to ride stiffness. Whether that's something you can live with on a daily basis is a matter to be determined on an extended test drive.


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