[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he 2015 Nissan 370Z delivers a powerful, responsive ride, but it also has two major setbacks — it’s not quiet and visibility is subpar. However, sports car fans will accept these shortcomings in exchange for the sleek design, high-quality materials and the overall cool look.
The Nissan 370Z Coupe remains one of the most vibrant and dynamic sports cars available in North America, as well as one of the best performance vehicles for the money with a standard 332-hp 3.7-liter DOHC V-6 engine, choice of six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. It continues with a traditional two-seat layout built around a deeply scooped instrument panel, with a full-length center console separating the driver and passenger’s seat.
Two trim levels have been added for 2015 – Sport and Sport Tech — which incorporate content from previously available option packages. This brings the Z Coupe lineup to four standard models, including the previously available 370Z and Touring grades. For enthusiasts, the motorsports-inspired 370Z NISMO is also available, along with the popular open-top 370Z Roadster.
Other enhancements include standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System on all models and revised suspension tuning. New black-finished 18- inch wheels are offered on 370Z and 370Z Touring models and the Nissan Navigation System is now standard on 370Z Touring.
It has been 45 years since the arrival of the original 240Z and that influence continues in the design of the current generation 370Z Coupe. The iconic shape, formed by the combination of a short wheelbase, wide track, low center of gravity and fluid silhouette is instantly recognizable today.
The aerodynamic exterior design incorporates intentional 240Z styling cues and the sleek profile is defined by its upswept quarter window design echoed by the curve in the lower rocker panel, and the sense of the taut sheet metal molding around the wheels and frame.
Another distinctive feature is the “boomerang” shape of the headlight/ taillight treatment. High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights with auto on/off feature with LED daytime running lights are standard. The broad-shouldered rear is highlighted by the integration of the boomerang taillights and wide, flared rear fenders. Attention to detail is evident throughout the exterior, including a flashing side marker turn signal emblem. The rear fascia is accented by a red rear center reflector. A front chin spoiler and rear spoiler are standard on Sport and Sport Tech grades.
The body features aluminum door panels, along with an all-aluminum hood and an aluminum hatch. A front suspension cradle, rear structural reinforcements and an underbody “V-bar” are designed to help reduce front and rear lateral bending (versus the previous generation design). The design also uses a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthened rear fender and hatch areas.
The starting MSRP on the 2015 Nissan 370Z is $29,990.[author image=”http://www.communitynewspapers.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Grant-Miller-4-C.jpg” ]Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to Grant@CommunityNewspapers.com.[/author]