The Nissan 370Z offers sharp styling, muscular performance and entertaining handling.
Refinement is awful, interior quality is poor, running costs are high and many rivals are more agile and more engaging to drive.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The 370Z certainly lives up to its muscle-car looks, thanks to a 324bhp 3.7-litre V6 engine driving the rear wheels. It blasts from 0-60mph in less than 5.5 seconds and, although peak power doesn't arrive until you're approaching the redline, there's impressive low- and mid-range grunt.
Ride & Handling
The 370Z turns into bends sharply, has strong grip and meaty, communicative steering. Manual cars benefit from a traction- and stability-enhancing limited-slip differential (it's an option on the automatic). However, the ride is firm, and the Nissan isn’t as agile as rivals, such as the Audi TT.
Noise isn’t always a bad thing in a sporty coupe, but the 370Z doesn’t produce the sort of creamy V6 howl you might hope for; instead its engine is coarse and thrashy, and sends loads of vibrations through the steering wheel and pedals. To make matters worse, there’s lots of road noise, particularly on coarse surfaces and in wet conditions. The Nissan’s gearchange is heavy and notchy, too.