370Z

8 Series

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

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 8 Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The 370Z NISMO handles at .99 G’s, while the M850i xDrive 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 6.2 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (32.8 feet vs. 39 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (34.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1300 pounds less than the BMW 8 Series.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 11.7 inches shorter than the 8 Series, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 8 Series (.32 to .33). 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 8 Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Recommendations

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

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