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Nissan 370Z vs. Ford Mustang GT: Power Against Power



Major automakers have unveiled their powerful 2013 stallions, and a re-imagined classic is American muscle’s newest rival. Nissan’s 370Z is the latest muscle-flexing coupe to challenge Ford’s Mustang GT for the sports car heavyweight title. Almost identical base pricing sets the stage for a fair fight, and Nissan hopes a few precise updates will win over auto enthusiasts.

In one corner, the 370Z, available at Peoria car dealerships and other local vendors, boasts redesigned LED lights and a tailored body carry its powerful 3.7 liter V6 engine. In the other corner, the Motor City Mustang relies on what it always has — mind-blowing power in an affordable, reliable package. Buckle up for a good fight.

A vehicle’s zero-to-60 time usually tops the tale of the tape, but it may not help you form an opinion between these two vehicles. In a road test, the 370Z went zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, according to Yahoo Autos clocked the Mustang GT in slightly faster, at 4.3 seconds. These vehicles use different techniques to reach stunning speeds, however.

370Z: The lighter of the two vehicles, Nissan’s classic coupe achieves blazing speeds with a 3.7-liter V6 engine. The seven speed engine features a Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) system, which opens and closes the intake valve at optimal times, improving performance through reduced friction.

Mustang: Ford’s stallion is the the epitome of a muscle car. A 5-liter, 420-horsepower engine powers this 3,500 lb coupe, and a SelectShift Automatic transmission gives drivers the choice between fully automatic or manual control. Unlike some dual-option transmissions, the Mustang won’t second-guess your decision with an override shift. The result a powerful, customizable driving experience.

Excessive speed is enviable, but you can’t show off a fast car’s prowess without proper handling. Balance, brake efficiency and gear fluidity combine to create responsiveness, and drivers can anticipate ample handling capabilities behind the wheel of these speedy coups.

370Z: The Z will have no problem whipping through winding roads. With a lightweight, aluminum suspension, high response shock absorbers and standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, the 370Z is built  to handle any road it’s asked to challenge. As seen on, the SynchroRev Match system provides even more responsiveness, precisely adjusting the engine speed as drivers shift up and down. Nissan’s flagship sport coupe consistently receive top marks for handling in expert reviews, including US News.

Mustang: With all that power under the hood of a four-seat vehicle, you could forgive Ford if left some handling to be desired. Instead, the Detroit-based automaker fine-tuned the Mustang’s body to create an even more balanced ride. The Mustang’s handling features include:

  • Electronic traction Control
  • An independent front strut suspension wit ha stabilizing bar and coil springs
  • AdvanceTrac technology to promote stability and reduce spin-outs
  • Rear mechanical limited-slip differential

It would be a shame to categorize such well-made vehicles as road toys, but many drivers require premium day-to-day functionality from their coupes. shows that the Mustang and the 370Z vary in their versatility, and the decision between the two might come down to your driving needs.

370Z: Nissan’s renovated Z considers driver experience from the ground up within the the cab. A totally unique, padded driver’s seat allows the driver to put the pedal to the medal with less interference. Start the engine using the Intelligent Key start button and add-on an available eight-speaker Bose audio system.

Without limited cargo space and only two seats, the 370Z may not be able to handle day-to-day functions for families or space-conscious drivers. An EPA estimated 21 combined miles-per-gallon won’t win any sustainability contests, so the 370Z may not be the best for option for commuters and travelers.

Mustang: The Mustang’s backseat and plentiful cargo room gives drivers looking for muscle a more conventional vehicle. From picking up groceries to burning rubber on the way to a boys’ weekend, the Mustang offers unusual functionality. Holding its own with an EPA estimated 19 combined miles-per-gallon, the Mustang may be the balance you’re looking for.

Zander Chance is a technology nut who is always first in line to try out the latest tech gadgets. He also has been an active affiliate marketer for the past 15 years, and he writes about his adventures in that on his blog.

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