The 370Z NISMO is a standalone model, available with either a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed automatic. As a top-tiering performance-based model derived from the standard 370Z Coupe, the NISMO is outfitted with all the base necessities and extra features that the standard 370Z has as standard. In its base form, the NISMO comes outfitted with HID headlights and LED DRLs and taillights, it rides on 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels and is fitted with unique body skirtings and a fixed rear spoiler. Nissan's intelligent key with push-button ignition gets one started, a tilt-only steering column and eight-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat provides the positioning, and a NISMO tachometer and auxiliary three-gauge cluster displays the vitals. Comfort and convenience are covered by leather-appointed Recaro sports seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, both with Alcantara inserts, along with automatic temperature control, cruise control and a HomeLink universal transceiver.
The 2020 370Z Nismo in its base form carries a base MSRP of $45,790, unchanged from 2019, opting in the automatic transmission will cost an extra $1,400. That's excluding tax, registration, and licensing fees, as well as Nissan's $895 destination and handling charge. No specific packages have been created for the 370Z Nismo, however, an array of performance upgrades and aesthetic add-ons are available. A fully-loaded model will see the Nismo's base price scale to a little over the $50,000 mark.
The 370Z Nismo, as the top-tier performance-based trim, slots into the trim hierarchy above all the standard 370Z models, and as such comes well-equipped; thus no specific packages are made available. There are a few appealing standalone options, including a freer-breathing cat-back exhaust system, which for $1,850 unleashes a further 5.3 hp and 2.5 lb-ft of torque from the V6 and gives the Nismo with a beastly exhaust note. The Suspension Struts and Springs Kit is another noteworthy addition, it improves steering responses and improves handling dynamics overall, all for $840. There's also a $575 Suspension Stabilizer Kit which increases roll stiffness for quicker turn-in responses and reduced body lean.
The 370Z Nismo equipped with the standard manual transmission is the ideal setup, but an automatic will be the better choice for those who spend most of their driving time in traffic. The manual transmission is more engaging, which is what the Nismo is all about, and it also avoids the sluggish nature of the automatic, which would just be a frustration to anyone wanting to push the Nismo to its full potential. The available standalone mechanical upgrades are appealing, but the cat-back exhaust system is going to make the already loud V6 even louder and with the Nismo's already pricey MSRP, the additional costs are just going to hurt its already tenuous value proposition.