What is it?
A nod to Nissan’s success in global GT racing, and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ‘Z’ in the UK – the Nissan 370Z GT Edition. There’s always been lots to like about the Nissan 370Z but it hasn’t been without criticisms, particularly when it comes to road noise and ride comfort. Thanks to revised suspension settings this GT Edition goes a long way to solving the latter, even if you’ll still be enjoying the constant dirge of tyre noise more often that the rather subdued exhaust note from the eager 323bhp 3.7-litre V6.
As well as the chassis tweaks, the GT Edition also gets the obligatory side decals, special colours and a comprehensive spec list.
What’s it like?
More substantially improved than the fairly minor-sounding tweaks would suggest. The revised damper forces have improved road holding and stability without compromising the purity of the handling. It’s most noticeable at higher speeds, when the standard Zed regularly skips across rutted tarmac and sets off the ESP, the GT Edition remains more composed, comfortable and rewarding. It’s just as nimble and willing to turn in, but now it’s noticeably more confidence-inspiring and liveable.
There have been no changes to the rest of the Zed’s running gear, but the style touches add a touch of glamour to what was already a desirable and well-sorted package.
Should I buy one?
Small though the alterations are, they make the GT Edition the best 370Z by a decent margin. Yes, at £35k for the manual version tested here (an auto is available) it’s also the most expensive and it starts to push the idea of the Nissan as a budget sports coupe. But whilst the GT Edition may be £2550 more than the standard GT Pack model it does include the £1550 full sat-nav system as well as the re-tuned suspension that the GT Pack lacks. We’d say it’s a premium that’s easily justified.
Nissan 370Z GT Edition
Price: £35,000; Top speed: 155mph; 0-62mph: 5.3sec; Economy: n/a Co2: 248g/km; Kerbweight: 1496kg; Engine type: 3696cc, V6, petrol; Power 323bhp at 7000rpm; Torque: 268lb ft at 5200rpm; Gearbox: 6spd manual