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2010 Nissan 370Z GT - Road Test

Many see the 1960s as the golden age of the automotive culture and, all things considered, I can see where they are coming from. Between the cheap yet incredibly powerful American muscle cars and the sexy, agile European exotics, there was no shortage of choice. However, Japan had yet to become a major player in the world economy. One problem though...

Early mornings would echo with the sound cranking engines failing to start. That is, until Datsun (Nissan's American and European brand name at the time) came along. Often referred to as the poor man's BMW, the 510 brought with it, in addition to a range of body styles and options, incredible reliability with quick starts and cheap maintenance. When it was released in1968 it sold in droves and even had success in motorsport but Datsun execs weren't satisfied. They launched the 240Z sports car to the American market in1970 to wide-spread success. The 240Z was a true driver's car with a 2.4L Inline 6-cylinder, brilliant suspension setup and 4-wheel disc brakes. Unfortunately the brilliance did not last.

Datsun soon after released an updated model dubbed the 260Z and, though it was still a strong seller, it was no longer an enthusiast model. It may have received an extra 0.2L of displacement yet it produced no extra power but it did gain weight, diluting the driving experience. Datsun continued to roll out new, higher displacement models of the Z with the 280Z of 1975-1978 and despite a complete redesign with the 300ZX Z31 of 1983-1989, each model got more watered down; becoming more of a boulevard cruiser then a track machine. Finally, in 1990, the company, now Nissan, got it right by introducing the 300ZX Z32, available with a 300bhp twin-turbo 3.0L V6. Once again the Z was on top with class leading power, handling, braking and style. The 300ZX lasted in America until 1998 when Nissan left the Z title in hibernation until 2003 when the world was given the 350Z. With its 3.5L V6 engine, fully independent suspension, Brembo brakes (on the track model) and unique looks, it set the sports car world on fire. The 350Z continued to rack up awards and astounding sales figures until its retirement in 2009. However, I never really liked the 350Z as I felt it was incredibly ugly and its motor had no midrange power. I certainly would never purchase one.

For 2010 Nissan released the 370Z, based on an all new chassis and sporting a brand new engine; a 332bhp 3.7L V6 monster that will accelerate this 3250lb work of art to 60mph in a mere 4.9 seconds and to a top speed of an electronically limited 155mph. The 370Z is 4" shorter then the350Z, give it more nippy handling traits and it has been widened by 1.5", therefore increasing lateral grip. These smaller dimensions also help reduce the weight from the 350Z.

During my experience of thrashing one through the back roads of New England, I found it to not only be as quick, grippy, and responsive as one may expect, but also incredibly comfortable. A normal person could easily live with one as a daily driver, owing to the fact of how surprisingly smooth the ride is, especially for a sports car. The seats are supportive in all the right places and both are power adjustable. The interior as a whole has a very modern look and feel to it with a space age set of gauges, quality materials, and a crystal clear yet hard hitting sound system. I drove the 6-speed manual model that comes standard with a feature dubbed "SynchroRev Match Control". Basically a button you push next to the shifter that, once engaged, blips the throttle on downshifts. Not only does it sound lovely through the free-flowing exhaust but it also provides seamlessly smooth downshifts no matter how bad the driver may be with a standard transmission. This is a downright genius feature that is very simple and, honestly, every single manual transmission vehicle should have from now on.

As I said, I really didn't like the look of the 350Z. The 370Z, thankfully, is a whole other matter. Enticing. Sexy. Sinister. They all perfectly describe it. It looks genuinely stupendous. There is not much you can say about it. It speaks for itself.

The Nissan 370Z is THE best rear wheel drive sports car on the market today under $70,000.

Bar none.


Now where can I get a spare $40,000?
 

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It was interesting but it was more of an essay than a review. You focused way way to much on the history and not enough on the actual car you were reviewing.

The Nissan 370Z is THE best rear wheel drive sports car on the market today under $70,000.

Bar none.
Yeah i don't think so. I haven't sat in a Z but i think it's safe to say there are a quite a few rwd sports cars for under 70k that would out perform the Z (sorry Christian ;) ) Answer me this one question though, how many rwd sports cars have you reviewed? I can take a wild guess and say not too many. You CAN NOT make statements like that without actually having some time behind other RWD sports cars. I'm pretty sure the new M3 will out handle the Z and its under 70k :cool:

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Needs more research, less bias, tie in the history more to make it look like this is the next evolution and not just a resurrection of the name.

However, Japan had yet to become a major player in the world economy. One problem though...
What was this for?

However, I never really liked the 350Z as I felt it was incredibly ugly and its motor had no midrange power. I certainly would never purchase one.
For some reason this just irked me.

Tighten it up, make it flow better with more logic, comparisons and a bit less controversial ending and it's not too shabby.
 

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Still a ton of personal opinion... it's now just hidden amongst more information. Your descriptions do not create any imagery. Quality interior? Crystal clear yet hard hitting? If you read articles in motor trend, they pick things out in nature, landscapes, or auto lineage to compare to.

This passage exemplifies most of the issues with this review. This one sentence should really be 2-3. Also if you can find the glaring mistake, you get a cookie.

"Datsun continued to roll out new, higher displacement models of the Z with the 280Z of 1975-1978 and despite a complete redesign with the 300ZX Z31 of 1983-1989, each model got more watered down; becoming more of a boulevard cruiser then a track machine."

Here is how I would rewrite it...

With each new model, engine displacement increased without substantial improvement in performance. The 280Z (1975-1978) and the redesigned 300ZX Z31 (1983-1989) saw engine displacement (insert change in engine displacement). Soon the Z became a boulevard cruiser instead of a Watkins Glen competitor. (probably a bad example but hopefully you get the idea)

Think "Why am I writing this, can I back it up" after every sentence/description. Try to keep your sentences sort and sweet, it will help everything else. The more complicated a sentence is, the harder it becomes to stay focused.
 

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You seemed to glaze over how bad the brakes, the diff, and the engine oil cooler suck balls.
Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and disagree with you.

Hmm, lets see..

BMW m3
Cayman
Lotus Elise
S4

that was 30 seconds of thinking.

I'm sure I could come up with more.
Well, consider that all that is available for $30 grand in a brand new car. It out performs a Cayman S in all categories at half the price but I will absolutely say that the statement "Best RWD car under 70k" is stretching it. Maybe if you bring that down to 50k, that is much more reasonable. The car does not go without faults such as those mentioned above, however say you spend $30,000 on a new 370Z. For the money you save over any competitor in its class, you could get a Carbotech LSD, coilovers, a 25 row oil cooler, better brake pads, and a full exhaust/intake/tune and you have a car that will annihilate almost anything on the track.

But the oil temp issue is a big concern for hard driving not to mention a touchy clutch and stock brakes that die after a couple laps of a track. You have to make some concessions when Nissan has to hit price targets.
 

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Yeah, considering you can buy a Caterham Superlight R400 for under 50K, and a R500 for under 70K, both of which will destroy a 370Z on road or on track, even a heavily modded Z won't be able to touch a R500 except maybe on a dragstrip.

This is the Top Gear power lap times. Look at number 7 and the company it's keeping ;)

  1. 1:16.8 - Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
  2. 1:17.1 - Gumpert Apollo Sport
  3. 1:17.3 - Ascari A10
  4. 1:17.6 - Koenigsegg CCX (with Top Gear Wing)
  5. 1:17.7 - Noble M600 (cold)
  6. 1:17.8 - Pagani Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
  7. 1:17.9 - Caterham Seven R500 (cold tyres)

For daily use, with occasional autocrossing/track time, I'd rather have the Cayman S over the Z, hands down.
 

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It was interesting but it was more of an essay than a review. You focused way way to much on the history and not enough on the actual car you were reviewing.
Yeah. I don't mean to be negative but I hate reviews like this - they read like a 3rd rate bloggers attempt at getting a staff job at C&D. Just give me the facts.

For 2010 Nissan released the 370Z, based on an all new chassis and sporting a brand new engine; a 332bhp 3.7L V6 monster that will accelerate this 3250lb work of art to 60mph in a mere 4.9 seconds and to a top speed of an electronically limited 155mph.
You're trying too hard.
 

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What are you writing these reviews for?
 

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Well Ive heard S4 and RS4 comparisons but they are AWD not RWD. Also, I said best, not best performing. Of course a Caterham will be faster on a track but try using it as a daily driver. Though it has nothing to do with the actual car itself, M3s and Caymans are typically driven by douche bag Dr.s and dentists. Plus they cost way more, will have higher repair bills, and higher insurance rates.
 
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