2016 370Z New Car Test Drive
The Nissan 370Z tries to make hardcore sport driving go as smoothly as leisurely touring, for the driver. It's more comfortable than an uncompromising sports car, but not nearly as practical as a sports sedan.
It's been 45 years since the Z came sensationally to our shores, as the Datsun 240Z. It would be proud of what it has become, the 370Z. The Z car has earned our affection.
Today it's beautifully balanced, with its 3.7-liter V6 engine mounted rearward in the chassis, and rear-wheel drive. The engine makes a healthy 332 horsepower. The Coupe comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for semi-manual gear changing. If you want a six-speed manual you have to get a Roadster or the Nismo high-performance model.
Ford 2016, all but the base model get a Bose noise-canceling system to tone down the boom from the engine. Boom? What boom?.
The Nissan 370Z Coupe ($31,290) is a steal, the fabric seats are sporty and standard features include cruise control, rearview camera, Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights, HID headlamps. The Roadster ($46,750) comes with the automatic, but is $1500 less if you choose the 6-speed manual transmission.
In between those prices are Touring and Sport and Tech models upgraded with the usual best options, including Bose audio. A stand-alone Sport package includes 19-inch alloy wheels and wide sticky tires, beefier brakes and a limited-slip differential.
The 370Z NISMO model is ready for track days, with more horsepower and a stiffer suspension.