It never crossed our minds that the 370Z’s throaty V6 needed a lip-syncing soundtrack, but Nissan believes otherwise and is now offering an Active Sound Enhancement (ASE) system on the 2016MY.
According to the Japanese brand, the ASE “enhances natural engine sounds to help bolster the driver’s acceleration experience”, by which it means that it’s pumping fake engine noises to the cabin through the speakers on Bose audio equipped models.
The Bose audio system also incorporates an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) function, which is said to generate “canceling sound to remove undesirable low frequency engine noise, while preserving invigorating sounds of engine performance, providing a more ‘pure’ sound”.
Nissan doesn’t say if either function can be manually deactivated. The same system will be offered on the 2016 Maxima as well.
The Bose audio system with ASE and ANC comes as standard on the 2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe Touring, Sport and Sport Tech trim levels, and both 2016 Nissan 370Z NISMO grades (base and Tech). It isn’t offered on the base 2016 370Z Coupe or any of the 2016 370Z Roadster models.
The only other changes for the 2016MY is the addition of a new Deep Blue Pearl exterior color for both the 370Z Coupe and Roadster.