2020 Nissan 370Z vs. 2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe

Detailed Review, Specifications & 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 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 370Z and the 4 Series Coupe 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 rearview cameras.


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


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.


The 370Z’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 84 more horsepower (332 vs. 248) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the 430i Coupe’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 370Z’s 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (332 vs. 320) than the 440i Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The 370Z NISMO’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (350 vs. 320) than the 440i Coupe’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The 370Z has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Coupe (19 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the 370Z has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

The Nissan 370Z Sport/NISMO manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The 4 Series Coupe doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 370Z’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Coupe:


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:


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).


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.


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.


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

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