With the help of modern technology automatic gear boxes can now outperform manuals when it comes to reaction time and that is a fact, so it comes to no surprise that Nissan offers the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Automatic in a 7 speed manual. With auto boxes getting better, more people are actually opting for the manual option when buying cars for many reasons aside from it shifting faster than the human can throw the stick from 2nd to 3rd. Does the auto take a lot from the experience?
The 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Automatic Can Make You Feel Lazy
Exterior-wise the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Automatic is still as sexy as it is aggressive as the previous model year. Featuring a new ducktail rear spoiler, re contoured fascias, darkened headlamps, red accents all over the place, and charcoal colored Rays 19 inchers you wouldn’t mistake a Nismo from your run of the mill 370Z on the road. The Nismo Z is powered by a Nismo tuned 3.7 Liter V6 putting out 350hp at 7400rpm and is mated to a 7 speee automatic with auto rev matching and manual shifting via the paddles at the steering column. The powertrain is still of the classic rear wheel drive layout.
On the inside the track oriented nature of the 2015 370Z Nismo Automatic becomes apparent. The interior is graced with faux suede surfaces and red accent stitching. The presence of hard plastic is a little off-putting given the price of the Z. Its hard not to miss the details of the cabin when you’re sitting in traffic with no clutch to worry about. You’ll notice the lack of noise isolation, the hard plastics, the faux material, and even blanking plates on the console. Aside from those shortcomings, the surfaces that you are most likely to touch are padded nicely and has great feel despite the faux material.
Driving the auto Z is no different from the manual Nismo Z, the feel is great, it’s lightning quick, the feedback is very communicative, steering is tight and the ride is stiff. What separates the auto Z from the manual is that the auto does feel a tad bit faster and on paper it really is but only just tenths of a second quicker. The downside is there’s less involvement of the driver when handling the gears, even the auto rev matching makes you lazy. That said, autos are indeed faster but they really dull out the experience.
The 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo Automatic wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for high demand for an auto option, the reality is technology is making drivers lazy and soon manuals would be the option while autos become the new standard.
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