2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe is fast and fun to drive

2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe has been updated with a new fascia and LED daytime running lights.

The 2013Nissan 370Z is a brilliant sports car. The 3.7 liter engine produces a unique sound and enables it to accelerate from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds. What I am trying to say is that this is one fast car and an enjoyable one to drive, especially with the six-speed manual transmission.

The 370Z Coupe has a fresh look for 2013 with the addition of a revised front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights, a red reflector added to the rear fascia and new wheels – 18-inch aluminumalloy wheels for the 370Z and 370Z Touring and revised 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for models equipped with the Sport Package. Other 2013 enhancements include red brake calipers and Euro-tuned sport shock absorbers on Sport Packageequipped models; a new dark-finish fuel gauge trim and two new exterior colors – Magma Red and Midnight Blue. The iconic 370Z Coupe continues as one of the most dynamic sports cars available in the U.S. It’s also one of the best performance values with the standard 332-hp 3.7- liter DOHC V-6 engine and choice of sixspeed manual transmission or seven-speed automatic. It continues to be available in three models – Coupe, Coupe Touring and the NISMO 370Z with unique performance and design attributes. There is also a convertible roadster version available.

The 2013 370Z Coupe has a light, highly rigid structure for enhanced performance. The taut exterior design incorporates styling cues from the original 240Z to help give it a sleek aerodynamic shape, a “dynamic motion” feel with a dramatic cantilevered roof and a “low visual center of gravity.”

The 370Z Coupe rides on an FM platform and has a classic sports car look and feel. It has a well-proportioned body with a 100.4- inch wheelbase and 167.2-inch overall length. The body has aluminum door panels, an all-aluminum hood and an aluminum hatch. A front suspension cradle, rear structural reinforcements and an underbody “Vbar” help reduce front and rear lateral bending. The design also uses a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthened rear fender and hatch areas.

The sleek silhouette is defined by upswept quarter windows, a design cue that is echoed by the upward curve in the lower rocker panel and the taut sheet metal molding around the wheels and frame. Performance body pieces are available as part of the optional Sport Package, including a front chin spoiler and rear spoiler.

The interior of the 370Z Coupe continues the traditional two-seat layout built around a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length center console separating the driver and passenger’s seat. The design focus incorporates a “layer concept,” with an information layer, an operation layer and a holding layer.

Pricing on the 2013 Nissan 270Z starts at $33,120.

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

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