2009 Nissan 370Z Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan 370Z - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan 370Z Coupe

(3.7L V6 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
Style2dr Hatchback (3.7L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$29,930
Options on test vehicleSport Package (includes viscous limited-slip differential, 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, Bridgestone RE050A tires, Nissan sport brakes, chin spoiler, rear spoiler, SynchroRev Match) and Nogaro Red Paint.
As-tested MSRP$34,430 (est.)


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine type60-degree V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,696cc (226 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC 4 valves per cylinder, infinitely variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0:1
Redline (rpm)7,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)332 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)270 @ 5,200
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.794, II = 2.324, III = 1.624, IV = 1.271, V = 1.000, VI = 0.794, FD = 3.446, R = 3.446


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbone, coil spring and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil spring and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.7:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE050A
Tire typeSummer Performance
Tire size, front245/40R19 94W (35 psi)
Tire size, rear275/35R19 96W (35 psi)
Wheel size19-by-9 inches front -- 19-by-10 inches rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum alloy
Brakes, front14.0-inch ventilated disc with 4-piston fixed aluminum caliper
Brakes, rear13.8-inch ventilated disc with 2-piston fixed, aluminum caliper

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.4
0-60 mph (sec.)5.1
0-75 mph (sec.)7.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.4 @ 104.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)101
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)69.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.97
Sound level @ idle (dB)47.4
@ Full throttle (dB)83.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLow-spin launches resulted in big bog. With so much rear grip and modest torque, it takes a ton of revs to get the rears to scratch and spin (about 5,000-5,500 rpm). Even so, they hook up pretty early on, so a bog is not far away. Pedals vibrate like crazy and the shifter only slightly less so. Shifts are much smoother and slicker than those of a 350Z. I like the short throws, especially good for the 2-3 shift. Power falls off slightly in upper revs. Not sure if it made a difference or not, but I got my best run with the shift mode in Sport (isn't that only for match-rev downshifts?). In this mode, however, when I popped it out of gear at the end of the quarter-mile, the engine zinged up to redline (it didn't do this in non-sport mode). Had to go to 4th gear for the quarter-mile. Loud, but not in a cool, sports car kind of way. Sounds labored and doesn't rev freely.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsYep, it's got 'em all right. Firm pedal only gets rock hard under full ABS. Zero flutter or hum. Straight, short, fade-free. "Worst" stop was 105 feet. Near-zero idle stroke.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsEver-so-slight understeer on the limit, but you can't drive through and kick the tail out. In the end, it just blazes around in total control with minor adjustments through throttle input. Slalom: Steering is still a little heavy for my liking, but it's WAY better than that of a 350Z. The car still feels heavy; however, shifting the palpable mass from side to side with a very flat attitude. What starts out feeling like a car with a potential to spin turns out to be quite trustworthy. Again, found mild understeer on the limit that was difficult to drive through. The car didn't manage the dip/hop at cone #3 well at all, making me late for cone #4. I had to get pretty deliberate with my inputs to manage rotation on the final cone, but it worked quite well. Don't know if it has one, but the 370Z sure feels like it has an LSD that keeps the slide predictable and controlled. I'm certain this car could get a quicker run on a flatter surface.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)80.6
Wind (mph, direction)N/A

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/26 highway/20 combined (est.)
Edmunds observed (mpg)14 worst/23 best/18 average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,232
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,359
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)167.1
Width (in.)72.6
Height (in.)51.8
Wheelbase (in.)100.4
Track, front (in.)61.0 (with 18-inch wheels), N/A (with 19-inch wheels)
Track, rear (in.)62.8 (with 18-inch wheels), N/A (with 19-inch wheels)
Turning circle (ft.)32.8 (with 18-inch wheels), 34.1 (with 19-inch wheels)
Legroom, front (in.)Not available
Headroom, front (in.)Not available
Shoulder room, front (in.)Not available
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)6.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Not applicable


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard side airbags
Head airbagsStandard head airbags
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist (BA), Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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