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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv -

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.

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