Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good The latest Z (replacing the 350Z here in May 2009) is almost everything we wished when dreaming of a replacement to the 350Z. In comparison, the 370Z is shorter (with a reduction in both wheelbase & overall length), lighter & packs even more muscle - thanks to the brutish new 3.7-litre V6.
Not so good Rearwards visibility is only average, even for a coupe - and the rear three-quarter side visibility is seriously lacking – blame the sexily styled rear pillar.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good A big leap over the 350Z. The materials inside (lots of soft-touch plastics and generous amounts of leather – not just on the seats but also around the centre console and parts of the dash) and lashings of silver plastic (but thankfully of metal appearance) help to create a ‘pleasant’ environment – but it’s also damn sporty - the seats sit low and offer plenty of side ‘bolstering’ support; the instrument cluster moves with the steering wheel when adjusting the height; the auto features paddle shifts (with a hint of leather) for spirited driving to keep your hands on the wheel.

It was a pleasant surprise to lower the windows whilst driving and discover that barely any wind enters the cabin.
Not so good The luggage area is nothing to shout, it’s not very deep and is set surprisingly high up (plus, lack of a storage cover means your bags are visible to prying eyes). A large amount of road noise enters the cabin when on the move (not surprising considering the FAT rear tyres aren’t that far behind you).
Performance

Performance

Good You want performance? Well you’ve definitely come to the right place as the 245kW of power from the 3.7L V6 is an absolute delight. The trick seven speed auto gearbox ain’t your normal ‘run of the’ mill automatic – gear changes are lightning fast and on every downshift it electrically blips the throttle (as a racing driver would have to do when driving a manual in order to smoothly match engine revs with the next gear’s ratio).
Not so good The engine is definitely loud, but perhaps a little coarse – we wished it was a little more refined and muscular – but heck, take it for a drive yourself and decide whether you like the way it sounds, because either way, you’ll enjoy the performance!
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Steering is very precise, so precise that this car demands respect until you’ve clocked up a few k’s behind the wheel. The suspension is, in a word, great; it’s not bad as a daily driver but becomes startling on the open, meandering roads; it needs grip so it can show off its true potential! Nissan state the Z body’s rigidity has increased by 30% with the addition of the bracing bar mounted to the top of the suspension turrets – we believe them.
Not so good This is truly a 21st century muscle car – and with it comes almost twitchy handling (or would be we’re it not for the plethora of safety electronics that kick in to keep everything under control). A short wheelbase, stiff suspension and all that power under the hood remind us of yesteryear when cars were less politically correct (and yes, you may consider this a positive over its competitors).
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Fantastic ‘bang for your buck’; high levels of standard features including keyless start, Bose audio system, satellite navigation, climate control air-conditioning, heated leather seats, cruise control and powerful Xenon headlights. Ticks the safety box with dual front, side and curtain airbags and ESC.
Not so good Get used to attention as everyone stops to look at this car, and because it’s so low getting out takes some getting used to. The soft Yokohama tyres won’t come cheap, but definitely worth the investment.