I won't beat around the bush here: at just over $46,000, the 2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo Tech we recently tested represents an incredible value for the money in sports cars.
You just have to get over how boringly excellent it is.
The legendary "Z" cars have been around for decades. The very first 240Z, badged as a Datsun, hit the streets in the US back when Led Zeppelin was releasing its first album in 1969. The whole Z-car idea — affordable, dependable performance in a 2 seater — seemed to have run its course with the 300ZX. Production was halted briefly in the late 1990s before Nissan revived it with the 350Z.
The 370Z Nismo Tech (Nismo is Nissan's high-performance division) that we borrowed is the most recent iteration of the Z's rebooting. Nothing has really changed in terms of the basic Z-car pitch: we got a relatively powerful V6 — straight motor, no turbos or superchargers — a 6-speed manual transmission, and a fastback design where a hatch provides a decent amount of cargo space and the lack of back seat aims for sports-car credibility.
The 370Z does its thing and does it well. So has it always been, and so shall it always be.
Here's what it was like to enjoy that level of solid execution:
Our 2017 Nisan 370Z Nismo Tech landed at our New Jersey test-car HQ wearing — and we're not making this up — a "Solid Red" paint job. That name set a tone for entire car.
The look is nothing new for 2017. Some folks complain that the Z's design is dated, and they might have a point. If that's a problem, it's made worse by the existence of the stonking GTR supercar as the Z's superior in the Nissan hierarchy.
"Godzilla" is where the enthusiast part is a Nissan these days.
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