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WHOEVER said the Nissan 370Z coupe was an attention grabber wasn’t far from the truth. Supermodel in metal more like it, as I’ve lost track of the number of people who have come up to me and made some passing and positive reference to the car.
Yes, the Z certainly gets you noticed.
While family hatches and superminis meld in the multitude of motors, passing you by day in day out, two-door sports cars remain unusual enough to catch the eye. Thank goodness for difference.
The Nissan boasts sharp styling, an individual, hunkered-down look to get petrolheads excited.
Its low roofline, though, does not follow the smooth, uninterrupted outline of some sportsters, rising from the rear to an apex before descending to a steep windscreen. It may create more headroom for the two occupants, but it looks a tad odd.
Bonnet ridges - or are they style lines? - front and rear spoilers, and extended wheel arches housing 19-in forged alloy wheels hsod with beefy tyres add up to an image of muscularity and aggreesive intent.
A broad, imposing rear end, the tracking increased, with its two exhausts exudes power and presence in bucketloads.
Step inside and it’s a grey leather and suede cabin.
Quality fit and finish, but it’s no Audi.
It’s a driver-focused, cockpit-style environment, the three dashmounted instrument dials angled towards the pilot.
Model: Nissan 370Z coupe GT. Price on the road: £33,195. Drivetrain: 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine developing 326bhp at 7,000rpm and torque of 270lb ft from 5,200rpm.
Performance: 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds, and maximum speed 155mph.
Economy: Combined 26.7mpg. CO2 248g/km.
Size: Length 4,250mm, width 1,845mm, height 1,315mm. Insurance: Group 20E. Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles, 12 years’ anti-corrosion.
Local dealer: Smiths Nissan, Bretton Way, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 267606. precise steering, deft handling and agility. It can be a touch rumbly on rougher surfaces, but hardly something you’ll complain about.
Big ventilated disc brakes are sure to stop you in good time should you start to run out of road or overcook it.
The 370Z is fast and flexible, revs up to the heady heights of 7,000rpm; you should love it if you can find an empty road.
Just the opportunity to belt it along to the sparkling 5.3 seconds sprint dash.
It is very well built, solid, and, being a Nissan, unlikely to let you down.
So, you can tick the boxes and/or score highly on style, performance and handling. Practicality, you can pretty much forget.
The boot space is minimal, and there are few cubby or storage slots.
Going for green? You can forget that, too. Figures such as 26mpg or thereabouts combined cycle economy and CO2 reading of 220g/ km won’t cut it with a fleet manager and will mean high running costs if you’re buying with your own money.
But the upfront price of £33,000 plus is “affordable”, competitive, and includes lots of kit including climate control, sat nav, cruise control and speed limiter, and a limited slip differential.