Emotional, Not Functional
As a woman, I tend to be a very visual creature. Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate what's under the hood of a car, but what really gets my heart going (especially in the beginning) is how a car can really grab my attention, and keep it. The 2011 NISMO 370Z is one of those cars. It's one aggressive-looking automobile that gets just as many looks from the ladies as the guys.
The NISMO is a high-performance version of the 370Z, NISMO being Nissan's tuner division. In Canada for the first time, the most powerful production Z ever offered delivers 350 horsepower. The press release for the NISMO says that the car was designed to be “highly emotional, yet totally functional”. They got the emotional part right.
The wide stance, beautifully sculpted fenders, upswept quarter windows, bold boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights, as well as the vertical door handles all work together to create a vehicle design that most people just have to take a second glance at.
Unfortunately, the interior is a bit of a letdown. Yes, it is very sport-inspired, but for the price tag I wish Nissan had used higher-quality materials.
The deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length centre console completely separates the driver and passenger seat. The instrument panel consists of a 3-pod cluster with voltmeter, oil temperature and clock, while the speedometer and tachometer include an ”initial sweep” function that comes alive when the NISMO is turned on.
Standard interior comfort and convenience features include a push-button start, power windows and doors, cup holders and a 4-speaker audio system with redundant (yet convenient) steering-wheel mounted controls.
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