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Nissan 370Z

Z CANDY (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Nissan has improved its 370Z sportscar. But by how much? Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 108

Fans of the original Nissan 350Z sportscar have taken to its 370Z replacement but to snare any remaining ones who haven't yet taken the plunge and broaden this model's appeal, Nissan has improved this enduring line-up. Likely buyers will like the 'EXEDY' high-performance clutch that'll help enthusiastic owners to perfect their 'racing-style' downshifts. As before, there's a single coupe bodystyle and power comes from a 3.7-litre 332hp V6, plus there's still a 339hp Nismo model available at the top of trhe range if that's not enough. In short, the 370Z continues to prove that the sportscar you've always promised yourself doesn't have to cost you a lottery win.

Backgroundword count: 218

Forget MX-5s, Evo Xs, WRXs - even GT-Rs: the 370Z is the definitive Japanese sportscar. Nissan's Z-car heritage goes all the way back to the legendary 240Z of 1969, a car intended to offer the style and performance of European sportscars at a fraction of their price. More than 1.7 million sales later, this 370Z continues that tradition in fine style. It builds on a firm foundation laid by the 350Z model, launched in 2002 and sold here from 2005, a sportscar than typifies everything that this Z series should be about, with good looks, muscular performance and a fantastic fun factor, a car you could really take by the scruff of the neck. Not much else could match a 350Z for the money and even the Porsches that could keep up lacked its endearing mild hooligan streak. In launching its 370Z replacement in 2009, a quarter of a million worldwide sales later, Nissan needed to keep the things we liked - the charismatic V6 engine, the balanced rear-wheel drive chassis and the perfect weight distribution - and sort the few things we didn't - high running costs, cheap-feeling interior and restricted luggage space. They did exactly that - and to keep the recipe fresh, a Summer 2017 package of improvements aimed to up the ante still further.

Driving Experienceword count: 265

The 370Z's core component remains its 3.7-litre V6 engine. It's a development of the old 350Z's 3.5-litre unit but 35% of its parts are completely different. The powerplant uses Nissan's VVEL variable valve timing technology which helps it achieve a smoother delivery of its 332hp maximum power output. Peak torque of 363Nm promises a muscular mid range and the 7,000rpm redline should please those who like a sports car which rewards a hefty right foot. If that's not enough, the top Nismo coupe model delivers 339hp from the same unit. Even in the standard version, that's good enough to see 62mph from rest dispatched in just 5.7s on the way to an artificially limited maximum of 155mph. The people who developed this car were petrolheads. Why else would they have spent five years in developing a Synchro Rev Control system that blips the throttle when you make a downchange to make you feel like Michael Schumacher? Or an optional seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with gorgeous magnesium-crafted F1-style paddle shifters that on a clear day, makes a circuit of your local town centre one-way system feel like a lap of Monte Carlo. For this revsed model, Nissan has partnered with respected performance brand EXEDY to integrate a new high-performance clutch into manual versions of the 370Z. Perfecting the downshift, this reduces driver pedal effort and delivers even greater levels of gear change precision and comfort. And in summary? Well yes, this is a hi-tech stepping stone to Nissan GT-R supercar ownership. But no, its essential character hasn't been diluted: it's still a driver's car, pure and simple.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Combined mpg:

26.6

26.9

CO2 (g/km):

245

248

Extra urban mpg:

35.8

36.5

Insurance group:

46

Price:

26995

36995

Urban mpg:

18.3

18.5

Weight (kg):

1526

1535

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Coupes

Performance
70%
Handling
90%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
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