2017 370Z New Car Test Drive
The Nissan 370Z is an icon. Name another sports car that was a sensation from the gate, nearly 50 years ago, and is still around in a shapely form that's true to the spirited original. Plus, there is now a muscular roadster. Only the Porsche 911 can boast a deeper heritage. What's more, today it's uncommonly pure to performance, and not that expensive. It offers a lot of value in sports car performance.
The 2017 Nissan 370Z continues on that steadfast path of improving the car without changing its character. Its engine is mounted rearward to sharpen balance and handling. Its rear-wheel drive is a kick in the pants. There is a way-fun 6-speed manual gearbox, or paddleshifting 7-speed automatic, both transmissions with downshift blipping.
The 370Z features a strong V6 with its own deep heritage. This version is 3.7 liters and makes 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, while there's a Nismo coupe version that makes 350 hp.
With the 7-speed automatic, the 370Z gets an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon Combined city and highway.
The 2017 Nissan 370Z is available in coupe and roadster versions. There's also a Nismo-tuned coupe.
Safety features include front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control, but not much else. There are also active head restraints and pre-tension seatbelts.
It comes as a base model, Sport, Sport Tech, and Touring for the coupe; Touring and Touring Sport for the convertible; base and Tech for the Nismo. None of the trims can be customized from the factory, although dealer options can be added, for example an aero kit. For 2017, the coupe and convertible come in a new color, bright Chicane Yellow, though the 370Z is rarely a rolling chicane.