Some say that one of the crucial reasons for the Renault-Nissan alliance back in 1999 was that so Renault could have access to the award-winning VQ line of V6 engines from Nissan. So it happens that the 370Z Roadster we tested was equipped with one of the latest evolutions of this legendary engine.
With a displacement of 3.7 liters, the officially-named VQ37VHR unit was the first engine form Nissan with VVEL variable valve timing. It was first launched on the facelift-ed Infiniti G37, a car which we also tested last year
. The VVEL variable valve timing on it works in a similar way with BMW's Valvetronic, with the main difference being that it also uses a desmodromic control of the output cam, a la Ducati bikes.
With an output of almost 330 Horsepower at a stratospheric 7000 rpm, this latest iteration of the VQ line of engines isn't as rev-happy as you might imagine looking at the numbers. Sure, it revs higher than most "regular" gasoline engines out there, but this doesn't provide the feeling of a torqueless Honda or Ferrari.
Instead, the V6 on our test car also delivers a higher-than-expected torque figure, with no less than 363 Nm (267.7 lb ft) on tap at 5200 rpm. It provides a very healthy amount of push into your spine every time you mash the throttle, and its driving performance is also a little bit helped by the seven-speed automatic transmission our car was fitted with.
We should remind you that we tested a similarly-equipped car last year (engine and gearbox), in the shape of the Infiniti G37 sedan, and we were rather ecstatic with its sporty potential. Speaking of which, the Nissan 370Z Roadster is using a shortened FM (front-midship, referring to the positioning of the engine) platform, which is also shared with most of the Infinitis in the current line-up. Continue reading
NISSAN 370Z Roadster technical data summary
Engine: 3696 cc V6 Gasoline
Dimensions: 4250 mm - 167.3 inch length / 1845 mm - 72.6 inch width / 1325 mm - 52.2 inch height
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