Nissan 370Z NISMO Automatic offers happiness by some tenths over manual box

2015-05-04 23:28:29
Nissan 370Z NISMO Automatic offers happiness by some tenths over manual box
Nissan 370Z NISMO Automatic offers happiness by some tenths over manual box

We have started a “Save the Manuals” and keep reminding people and automakers the need of it as more and more drivers are opting for automatic transmissions. Keeping in line with the trend car makers also has stopped offering the manual. The trend may be due to setting benchmarks in racing or sheer laziness, but Nissan has answered the call by introducing a manual gearbox in its 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO Automatic.


The very new offering from Nissan has introduced the self-shifting and track-oriented version of 370Z NISMO and as usual it was no surprise as a majority of the buyers opted for the elective, paddle-shifted automatic 7-speed. But we are mighty pleased that Nissan has offered a beefy six-speed manual to the high outputting 3.7L V-6, which offers a hefty 350-hp. Well, this is a pleasant shock, and it is further enhanced by the SynchroRev technology aided gearbox which offers downshifts which are rev-matched every single time you manipulate it. With such superior performance why anyone would like to handle a slushbox NISMO Z? So we went on to check that.

For one thing, the automatic version is pretty fast and according to our test data it catapulted to the 0-60mph mark in just 4.9 seconds and overtook the quarter mile in 13.6 Sec speeding at 106mph which in reality was 0.3 and 0.1 faster than the model equipped with the manual gearbox. This still is not the match for a certain non-N ISMO 370Z automatic our team tested some years back. With just 322-hp the example can smash the 0-60 mark in 4.6 Sec and power its way past the quarter mile with 13.1 Sec timing at 108- mph.

 The other notable thing is that the manual version was also not able to conquer the non-NISMO colleagues in the short race either as the fastest of the stick-shift Z reaching the 0-60mph in 4.8 Sec that is 0.3 ahead. We attributed this factor to our NISMO not being sufficiency used and only clocking 1500 miles. Ahead of the numbers, what puts us off is the character of the transmission, which makes you feel disjointed from the action, and the downshifts though make the needle soar up feel slurred with its shift quality.

To add to it, the automatic has just two modes in drive and manual and has no provision of Sports shifting. In 2009, the automatic 7-speed was mighty impressive, but that cannot come anywhere near the dual-clutch  automatic  gearboxes which are lightning quick and commonly found in cars like Audi TTS and Porsche Cayman.

The Nissan latest model 370Z NISMO Automatic has been offered a front-engine layout with rear-wheel-drive, and it is offered in 2-door hatchback body style with the capacity to seat two passengers. The base price of the 370Z is $44,115 while the example we tested cost $47,740. The car has a curb weight of 3453 lb and can make a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy average according to EPA is 19/26mpg for city and highway while we observed an overall 17mpg.

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