Even at the wedding of SUV flooding, there are still a few sports cars. But one of them is all alone. The Nissan 370Z Nismo is one of the last, if not the last, to do without one or two turbochargers. His VQ37 still works according to the old method. Driving report of an extremely unusual car.
The Nissan 370Z Nismo – a piece of old school
He is getting on in years. It’s confusing. It’s impractical. It is the celebration of the long gone. You can tell at first glance that the 370Z Nismo is no longer quite fresh. Today designers would probably draw it differently, starting with the front and ending with the rear. But more important is the interior, which needs a revision. But the formula is classic. A long bonnet, behind it a small cabin and behind it an even shorter but powerful rear end.
It is not as if the 370Z Nismo is old, rather it is passing traditions on to the younger generation. The 3.7-liter VQ37 requires speeds – up to 7,400 tours to be precise – only then does it release the 344 horses. Although it is loud, it is by no means artificially made sportier by additional spitting or plopping. What is roaring out there is almost natural. The Nismo can only really be brought to life above 5,000 tours. Then you have to be on your toes, because even with the ESP switched on, the 285 tires on the rear axle like to overtake.
Driving pleasure demands speeds
Driving fun is definitely guaranteed in the “upper life situations”. The sports car is not suitable for daily commuting. He doesn’t want to be seen next to a Porsche Turbo in downtown Munich. He wants to attach himself to a motorcycle gang and follow it over the beautiful country roads to the nearest race track.
Well, one thing you have to know, for the 46,880 euros Nissan charges for the Nismo, there are fresher toys with maybe even more power. But not one who embodies tradition and history as well as the Japanese.
Video driving report Nissan 370Z Nismo
Text: Fabian Meßner