The Nissan 370Z is such an honest, old world kind of sports car that it’s almost impossible for us, as enthusiasts, not to be drawn to its many charms. It is so obviously geared towards entertaining its driver that it’s easy to overlook its one or two flaws. The Zed also offers exceptionally good value for money, serving up a simple, straightforward blend of good looks, muscular performance, fine build quality and generous equipment for a relatively modest amount of money.
It’s as close to an old-school muscle car, brought bang-up-to-date, as you’re likely to get. We love the engine’s power and flexibility. We’ve even warmed to the automatic gearbox. And the convertible lets you enjoy a glorious soundtrack. And unlike old-school muscle cars, you won’t have to spend time and money keeping the car going – it is a Nissan after all. A thirsty Nissan, though.
If the Zed cost more, it wouldn’t compete anywhere near as well as it does against some pretty big names – the likes of Porsche’s Cayman and Boxster, BMW’s Z4 and Mercedes’ SLK. But compete it does and with it’s own unique twist.
Yet there is one big issue — the amount of noise it generates on UK road surfaces — that very nearly spoils its entire act. Truth is, if you have to make frequent long journeys in it, the 370Z is probably not a car you could tolerate. The convertible, for all its style with the roof down, does an even worse job of insulating you from wind and road noise.
However, it remains one of the more beguiling sports cars you can buy, and we wouldn’t blame you if you did.