The Nissan 370Z Is Fun and Fast

I recently had the chance to drive a Nissan 370Z.

What I liked about it, namely: the driving experience. Even though this thing is 10 years old, it’s still fun to punch around — in part due to its naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6, a relic by modern standards, but an enjoyable one. The engine makes 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque (up 18 hp and 6 lb-ft over the regular 370Z) and it’s responsive, quick to act when you push down the pedal and smooth to accelerate, with no unusual or disappointing lag like you get with some cars. I liked it.

I also enjoyed the handling, which I felt was reasonably sporty — good steering weight, good balance and fun to drive, which is no surprise considering the car’s rear-wheel drive chassis and its small size. An enjoyable car, even after all these years.

I also like the styling. I’ve always felt the 370Z is a nice-looking car, not so much handsome as cool-looking, with a design that seems more thrilling than many rivals that try to go for “beautiful” or “classy,” and not “automotive fireplug.” The 370Z looks fast even when it’s stopped, and with its big rear wing and other add-ons, looks like the kind of car that wants to have fun.

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