On one hand, the Nissan 370Z provides all the thrills and most of the dynamic ability you could possibly want from a front-engined, rear-drive car. The way it steers and handles is almost from a bygone era in which aspects such as ultimate body control and outright grip take a back seat to the level of feel and fun factor on offer.
It’s a deliberate attempt by Nissan to make the 370Z as enjoyable and communicative as possible to drive, and if that means it doesn’t break any records with its g-force readings at the test track, so be it. The 370Z isn’t meant to be a rule breaker in the laboratory in the first place.
As such, and in the right conditions, the 370Z can be a riot to drive. Although it’s extremely well sorted ultimately, with fine body control and bags of grip on or near the limit, it also moves around in a way that most modern sports cars wouldn’t dream of doing. It’s quite soft at the rear, and you can use this to your advantage if you know how. As a result, it also rides pretty decently for a sports car and it has a lovely, honest feel to its steering.
But there is one rather significant caveat that almost undoes all of the 370Z’s good work here: the amount of tyre roar. How loud and how intrusive this becomes depends almost entirely on what sort of road surface you’re travelling on.