Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Nissan 370Z VS 2016 BMW Z4 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Nissan 370Z

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2016 BMW Z4

Safety Comparison

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The 370Z has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Z4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z and the Z4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the 370Z 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the Z4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Z4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 370Z’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th.

Engine Comparison

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The 370Z has more powerful engines than the Z4:

Horsepower

Torque

370Z 3.7 DOHC V6

332 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

370Z NISMO Coupe 3.7 DOHC V6

350 HP

276 lbs.-ft.

Z4 sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Z4 sDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Z4 sDrive35is 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Z4 sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):

370Z

Z4

Zero to 60 MPH

4.8 sec

5.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.8 sec

15.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

96 MPH

Top Speed

157 MPH

155 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan 370Z (base engine) is faster than the Z4 sDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. (automatics tested):

370Z

Z4

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

106 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The 370Z has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Z4 (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 370Z Sport/NISMO’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Z4:

370Z Sport/NISMO

Z4 sDrive28i

Z4 sDrive35i

Front Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

12.8 inches

The 370Z stops much shorter than the Z4:

370Z

Z4

80 to 0 MPH

197 feet

208 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

127 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the 370Z NISMO Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Z4 (F:245/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. F:225/40R18 & R:255/35R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 370Z has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Z4 sDrive28i.

The 370Z Coupe 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 Z4, 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 Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 370Z’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Z4 (100.4 inches vs. 98.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the 370Z is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Z4.

The 370Z Touring Roadster handles at .95 G’s, while the Z4 sDrive35i pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 370Z Touring Roadster executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Z4 sDrive35i (24.8 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 25.2 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Z4’s (32.8 feet vs. 35.1 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Z4’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The 370Z Touring/Sport/NISMO uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Z4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 Z4’s power windows.

Consumer Reports rated the 370Z’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Z4’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 Z4 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The 370Z’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Z4’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Standard air conditioned seats in the 370Z Touring Roadster keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Z4 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The 370Z will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the 370Z will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Z4.

370Z

Z4

Five Year

37% to 42%

31% to 32%

Three Year

50% to 57%

45% to 46%

Recommendations Comparison

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The Nissan 370Z outsold the BMW Z4 by almost four to one during the 2015 model year.

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