• Jul 27th 2009 at 7:58PM
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The Nissan 370Z and the BMW Z4 are two seriously sporty offerings headed in two different directions. The Z4 is softer, heavier and more stylish than its predecessor, while the 370Z is harder, lighter and takes some risks with its exterior. The 370Z is a coupe (although it available in a drop-top), and the Z4 has a stow-able aluminum roof. The BMW is a genuine luxury car offering, while the 370Z sits on the lot next to the Quest and the Versa. However, the two vehicles share similar dimensions and performance numbers, and both contain the letter "zed," giving Top Gear enough reason to pit the two coupes against each another on the test track.

Make the jump to see how the duo of Zs fare in Clarkson's review while we try to figure out how the BBC can afford Jurassic Park-style CG.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      "it's like lying in a sofa of ... Chuck Norris"
      hilarious :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      They're not CG dinosaurs:

      The BBC funded the animatronic dinosaur show. Why not use the dinos on the telly?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like both of the cars but I would not have put them head to head. I would match the BMW Z4 with the Mercedes SLK, and I would have matched the Nissan 370Z with the Cayman S. Much better performace match up in my mind.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the Zed 4 appeals to ageing Clarkson (and softie Hammond), and the Nissan Zed is too harsh... they really should've thrown an Boxster S in for good measure.

      Car magazine declared it triumphant over the Nissan, BMW, SLK and even Cayman for its ability to be tactile, rewarding, versatile with a lower price than the Cayman or BMW. They say its almost as supple as the BMW, offers more feedback than the Nissan and has a sound to trump both.

      Oh, and its a convertible with almost all the stiffness of the (pricier) Cayman. Shame Clarkson's bias against Porsches denies that showdown a chance. I know where my money would go though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A couch made of Chuck Norris!!! LMFAO!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dude, the Nissan 370Z is the freakin BOMB yo! Nice ride indeed!

      • 6 Years Ago
      Madison Welch > cars in this episode.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The question was "how the BBC can afford Jurassic Park-style CG". Just check out the show Primeval ( http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/primeval/) on BBC America. The show is all about dinosours and other prehistoric creatures come to CG life. Very cool show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW needs the Z2, the z4 has moved to far upmarket and become too heavy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice to see the Topgear budget cuts are not a problem.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i prefer the Z, 40 years of Z cars shows on the track. This BBC America takes forever to put new Top Gear on, but at least you can still watch it online.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pure Japanese is on the spotlight.
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