The Nissan Z-car, in all of its incarnations, has always provided an unusually large hit of performance for the money, and the 370Z is no exception. In raw statistical terms it is quite simply one of the quickest cars you can buy at this price, and in the end this, more than anything else, is what will endear it to its target audience.
We recorded a two-way average of 5.4sec to 60mph, with 0-100mph taking just 12.8sec. This is in a car with a seven-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, remember; we’d expect the manual car to clock times a fair bit quicker than that, particularly from rest to 30mph.
As you’d expect from a big-capacity, normally aspirated V6, it’s also a very strong performer low down. In fact, the engine is so strong and feels so much more comfortable at low to middling revs. It sounds like it too; an experience that's even more apparent in the convertible when the roof is folded.
What’s not in any doubt is the quality of the optional paddle-shift gearbox, which switches between fast-shifting manual and lazy auto as quickly as you can slide the lever from one side of the gate to the other. What’s more, the ratios are just about perfectly chosen, and the shifts in manual mode happen quickly and smoothly.