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Review: Nissan 370Z

CAR OF THE WEEK: Nissan 370Z, Price - £29,185

I HAVE to admit that my excitement prior to the Nissan 370Z arriving was at fever pitch. The Japanese car manufacturer has been a principal force in sports coupes for more than four decades. And the latest version of the 370Z has maintained high standards.

The new Nissan 370Z coupe traces its roots to the legendary 240Z that took the world by storm with its brilliant looks and powerful performance. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find that the basic formula defining the ‘Z’ has stayed the same – now with a remarkable 328PS 3.7L V6 engine and a host of technical advances.

Nissan has refreshed the long-serving 370Z sports car with some visual upgrades and a few mechanical tweaks.

The bulk of the changes focus on cosmetic tweaks in a bid to keep it looking fresh-faced against the likes of the new Jaguar F-Type and Porsche Cayman 718. The 370Z certainly lives up to its muscle car looks, thanks to a 324bhp 3.7-litre V6 engine driving the rear wheels. You’ll definitely feel the power! It blasts from 0-60mph in less than 5.5 seconds and, although peak power doesn’t arrive until you’re approaching the redline, there’s impressive low-and mid- range grunt.

As you might expect with a car of this power, fuel consumption and insurance costs are high, while refinement is low. Inside the vehicle there’s a host of goodies. There’s a 7.0-inch infotainment system incorporating sat-nav, DVD player and reversing camera. The GT version is about £4,000 more and adds bigger wheels, cruise control, Nissan's touch-screen nav and Bose audio.

It's one hell of a car that costs a lot of money. My 370Z - in eye catching Infra Red - was a sight to behold. For seven days, practicality was abandoned for sheer fun.

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