The Nismo Z exhales more freely through an H-piped, dual sport exhaust. Unfortunately, you'll hardly be able to hear the exhaust rumble over the drone of road noise generated by the wide tires and firm suspension.
The most obvious exterior upgrade is the Nismo double-wing spoiler, which compliments the front chin spoiler and underbody diffuser. Together, they endow the Z with zero aerodynamic rear-lift for more high-speed stability. The wing also all but totally blocks the view out of the rearview mirror.
Our 370Z Nismo's aerodynamic upgrades feature a contrasting grey finish, rather than color-matching the Pearl White paint of the body. That's great for showing off, but I'd personally choose a solid color.
The 370Z Nismo features the upgraded four-piston brakes from the Sport package, as well as the upgraded brake lines, 14-inch rotors, and high-performance brake fluid. The rear calipers are two-piston units.
The steering wheel features Alcantara leather trim with a small red leather strip indicating top center. There are a few buttons for controlling the optional Bluetooth hands-free calling system, cruise control, and the limited audio sources and volume.
I've never been a fan of the segmented LED indicators for fuel level and engine coolant temperature, both of which can be difficult to read at a glance in direct sunlight. Just give me a needle, Nissan!
Our 370Z was equipped with Nissan's eight-speaker Bose audio system, which adds tweeters, a pair of subwoofers, and a six-disc CD changer to the Z's audio mix. Beggars can't be choosers, but I'd take a standard USB port over a six-disc changer.
Navigation is not an option on the Nismo Z, but you do get this odd cubby hole at the top of the center stack. You could put an average sized phone in there, but the Z's two 12V charging ports are in the center console and beneath the dashboard. I'm guessing this is where your sunglasses go.
Lift the 370Z's rear hatch and you'll find that the shallow storage area is intruded upon by a silver rear chassis bar, the wheel wells, and the rear strut towers. Performance is clearly more important than convenience here.
However, around town, the Nismo suspension was painfully stiff. Some hardcore speedfreaks won't mind this compromise in the name of performance, but a Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec would be infinitely easier to live with day-to-day.