2012 Nissan 370Z Coupe, 370Z Roadster and Nismo 370Z U.S. pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 10, 2011

Nissan has revealed that the 2012 370Z sports car model range has a starting price of $32,210, including destination charges. The list indicates that the pricing was mostly unchanged. Nissan said that all 2012 370Z Coupe and Roadster models will have the same price as comparable 2011 models but these will receive an oil cooler standard.

With a price of $32,210, the base model comes with a 332-hp 3.7-liter V-6 engine coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. For $1300 more, the transmission can be upgraded to a seven-speed automatic. The full Sport package offers several go-fast aesthetic elements such as an aerodynamic kit and SynchroRev Match linked to the manual transmission that automatically blips the throttle on downshifts.

Those who have a liking for luxury may pay $4700 to get the 370Z Touring, which features heated leather and synthetic-suede seats, a Bose eight-speaker sound system, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and aluminum pedals. Nissan said that its 370Z Roadster convertible won’t anymore be available with a manual transmission in base trim.

Buyers who want the three-pedal setup and a droptop will have to get the Touring model. The base Roadster, with the seven-speed automatic transmission, is priced from $39,910, while the Touring model with a six-speed manual has a starting price of $42,960. At the top of the range is the Nismo 370Z, which boosts the 3.7-liter engine to 350hp, making the SyncroRev Match feature standard for the six-speed manual.

It also comes with an upgraded suspension, stickier tires, and a limited-slip differential. It has a stunning look from getting several aerodynamic modifications such as a revised lower front fascia with chin spoiler and larger rear spoiler as well as a set of special 19-inch wheels. It comes with a price tag of $41,590, the same price as last year.

As inspired by the 240Z around years ago, 370Z features a classic sports car layout with a long bonnet, short overhangs, a truncated rear and a compact cabin. Dimension-wise, the new 370Z has a wheelbase that is 100mm shorter than its predecessor at 2,550 and has a length of 4,245mm, width of 1,845mm (plus 30mm) and height of 1,315mm (minus 10mm). It features a lower seating position that allows it to have a lower center of gravity and maintain ample headroom despite a lower roofline.

Compared to the body of the 350Z, that of the 370Z features a torsional rigidity that is up to 30 percent better, more particularly on the front section where Nissan mounted a bracing bar on top of the suspension turrets. Notably, the new 370Z extensively employs aluminum. For instance, the 370Z uses aluminum on the bonnet, doors and rear hatch. This, as well as other weight saving measures, allowed Nissan to cut the car’s overall mass by over 32kg, even though the 370Z is laden with extra luxury, safety and environmental equipment.

Since the design of the Nissan 370Z Roadster commenced at the same time as work on the Coupé, designers have given the soft-top model a sophisticated silhouette. They have also been successful in making sure that the hood is better integrated into the overall design. As a result, the car exudes a unique 'Z character,' as complemented by sweeping curves, short overhangs and a roof flowing naturally into the rear.

Once the soft top is lowered, it is concealed under a hard tonneau cover – in body color – that could also reduce wind turbulence at speed. Of course, a number of design cues from the Coupe have been inherited by the Nissan 370Z Roadster, like the boomerang LED rear and arrowhead front lights. Also, the new 370Z is laden with the usual 'Z' features like the twin tail pipes, 'Z' badges in the side repeaters and vertical door handles.

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