370Z

4 Series Coupe

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

The 370Z stops much shorter than the 4 Series Coupe:

370Z

4 Series Coupe

70 to 0 MPH

157 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 370Z NISMO’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Coupe (F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. F:225/40R19 & R:255/35R19).

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 4 Series Coupe; 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. Some models of the 4 Series Coupe don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The 370Z NISMO handles at .99 G’s, while the 430i Coupe pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 370Z executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 430i Coupe (24.9 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the 4 Series Coupe’s (32.8 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the 4 Series Coupe xDrive’s (34.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Coupe.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 3.2 inches shorter than the 4 Series Coupe, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The 370Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 4 Series Coupe’s standard power windows.

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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 370Z is less expensive to operate than the 4 Series Coupe because it costs $360 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 370Z than the 4 Series Coupe, including $104 less for a water pump, $331 less for a muffler, $85 less for front brake pads, $149 less for a starter, $148 less for fuel injection, $20 less for front struts and $462 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

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