It’s hard to think how you could better the Nissan 370Z for value for money. It offers huge pace and lots of equipment at a price that undercuts virtually all of its rivals – try finding something of similar power and the chances are you’ll have to stick another £10,000 onto your budget.

A nicely specced Porsche Cayman or Porsche Boxster would be at least that, only an Audi TTS gets somewhere close to the Zed’s value, but then doesn’t compete in terms of thrills.

The Nissan is cheap to buy, but mid 20s fuel consumption will hurt

We’d always plump for the GT version of the 350Z – it’s got the kit you would want to pay extra for as standard – leather seats and an upgraded stereo to start with. 

The 370Z’s quasi-cult status means that it will hold its value pretty well in the short and medium term, too.

The flipside is that insurance and company car tax are not cheap. Nor is the fuel economy of the 3.7-litre V6 anything special; we averaged 25.9mpg on test, but if you use it enthusiastically, the 370Z will rapidly drop below 20mpg. Rivals with a more advanced (and subtle) powertrain will do much better, even if they don’t make such an enthralling noise.

Then there’s the road noise issue, which also puts a sizeable dent in the 370Z’s everyday owner appeal, especially if you do frequent long journeys.

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