Z cars are interesting. They’ve been around forever, they’re always 6 cylinders, and they’ve fallen in and out of love with boost. But what has stayed most constant is that they’re just plain fun. The 370z follows this formula down to the tee.
The 2017 Nissan 370z I drove had a 3.7L v6 and a 6 speed manual transmission. The V6 is quick and makes a great noise, but more than anything it offers supreme torque. That’s what’s missing from the boosted cars of today, they are gutless down low. Not the 370. The six speed performs well, but isn’t jaw dropping.
The interior is where I’m torn with the 370z. I like how small it feels, like a personal space ship. Everything is where you’d expect it to be, so there’s no guessing while driving. The only thing I couldn’t find is a trunk release inside the car. Even my 1985 Mazda has one, the 370z doesn’t appear to have one. The thing I don’t like is the interior lights: all of which are amber. All of them. I don’t understand why Nissan fills their interiors with amber lights, but they’ve been doing it for well over a decade.
The 370z follows the 350z of the previous generation. I loved the 350z, and I used to talk trash about the 370z saying it was just a fatter version of the 350. But my mind has been fully changed. At a glance the 370 appears larger, but step behind the wheel and that idea goes away. The 370z is nimble, tight, calculated, and impressive. Most of all, I loved driving it. The pure joy the car brought me was unparalleled by most other cars I’ve driven in its class.
The 370z was really eye-opening for me. I never liked it before I drove it, but once I did I have never been happier to eat my words. If you’re looking for a fun sport coupe, put the 370z on your shopping list. You won’t regret it.