Horsepower

Torque

370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

332 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

370Z NISMO 3.7 DOHC V6

350 HP

276 lbs.-ft.

TT 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

288 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the TT 45 TFSI (automatics tested):

370Z

TT

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

99 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the TT (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 370Z’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the TT:

370Z

TT

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The 370Z’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the TT 45 TSFI are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

The 370Z has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the TT; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 370Z’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the TT (100.4 inches vs. 98.6 inches).

The 370Z’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.3% to 45.7%) than the TT’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the 370Z more stable handling and braking.

The 370Z NISMO handles at .99 G’s, while the TT 2.0 TSFI Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the TT’s (32.8 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the TT RS Coupe’s (34.1 feet vs. 36 feet).

Chassis

The design of the Nissan 370Z amounts to more than styling. The 370Z has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd (optional .29 Cd with Sport). That is lower than the TT (.3 to .32). A more efficient exterior helps the 370Z go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 370Z get better fuel mileage.

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO/50th Anniversary Edition uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The TT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 370Z is quieter than the TT RS Coupe:

370Z

TT

Full-Throttle

82 dB

87 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The 370Z has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more front shoulder room than the TT Coupe.

Ergonomics

The 370Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the TT’s standard power windows.

The 370Z’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The TT’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Consumer Reports rated the 370Z’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the TT’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 370Z has standard extendable sun visors. The TT doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 370Z’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The TT’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan 370Z will be $9659 to $10758 less than for the Audi TT.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports? recommends both the Nissan 370Z and the Audi TT, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan 370Z outsold the Audi TT by almost three to one during 2018.

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