Nissan announced the US pricing of the new 2019 Nissan 370Z models. The base 370Z Coupe equipping with a 6-speed manual transmission starts at $29,900 and prices go up from there. For that you get a sports car that pumps out 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque. 0-60 mph comes in a good 5.2 seconds. On the skidpad it is able to manage 0.89 g of lateral movement.
Not bad for a relatively inexpensive sports car (by today’s standards). But is there another option that rivals the performance and offers a more prestigious badge? While you could name a few typical options such as the Honda S2000 or the Lotus Elise, the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 matches up quite closely.
At one time many thought that vehicles produced from Japanese car companies were pieces of junk. That perception has largely changed and now these same automakers produce some very dependable cars.
Beyond daily drivers they all make some very good performance cars. These range from the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster to the supercar beating Nissan GT-R. Without further hesitation we announce our nominees for our Import Car of the Year.
This past weekend Nissan had just about as good a weekend as one can have in racing. In the three classes that the Japanese car maker was competing as part of the Pirelli World Challenge they managed eight podium finishes.
The cars that raced in the classes were the GT-R, Altima 3.5 and 370Z. The results also highlighted some of the talent that the company has found through their GT Academy.
Nissan GT Academy Finalists Driving the Nissan 370Z NISMO
Yesterday, we told you that the Nissan GT Academy was holding this year’s United States finals. The program that looks for promising drivers through virtual racing has found some pretty good competitors so far.
The event that was held in Nashville, Tennessee took the top 20 drivers from on-line Gran Turismo 6 races. Over 30,000 people entered the GT Academy, these are very good drivers, at least on a video game. After a day of virtual track time, the entrants were put through physical tests and then were given some time on a real-world circuit.
Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find out about the 6 finalists from the United States Nissan GT Academy.