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2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster
Posted By Lonnie Johnson On July 22, 2011 @ 11:36 am In Car Reviews | No Comments
That last sentence kind of describes good wives too. But, thankfully I don’t review wives. I review cars and when the 370Z showed up I have to admit I was ready with the critical pen. The past versions of the Z car had become too big and bloated for my taste. I was extremely pleased to find out that the Z car has gone on a diet. The 370Z is shorter and lighter than its predecessor. What Nissan took off in length, they added in width. Almost anyone who knows cars knows that wider cars handle better.
The Nissan 370Z is fun to leave in third gear. It’s got enough power to grunt it out from a standstill in second and limber enough to leave your road opponents on twisty roads. Sure, you can’t compare the Nissan 370Z to even a base Corvette but, you could buy almost two Z cars for the cost of a base vette.
What I compare it too is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. One huge difference is the back seat. I like the fact that the Z is a two-seater. Driving always seems more fun with only one passenger complaining about my driving.
The interior is much improved over the old car. Instead of miles of tinny plastic there are now tons of brushed aluminum accents that draw your eye in. In my opinion the interior was one of the highlights of the car. One of the low points for me was vibration from the 3.7 liter in the higher RPM range. Also I thought the ride was a little clunky. I know, it’s a sports car and you do have choices on ride control but, it just felt rough to me.
What I did notice was the 370Z growing on me. Kind of like breaking a horse (I guess. I’ve never broken a horse) once you explain yourself to the Z and let it know you’re the boss it becomes even more fun to drive.
The thing that I will remember for some time though is how good the wheel and tire combination looked on the Z. Thick and deep would be my description.
The mileage was also pretty good. The stated mileage is 18/26 but I was able to coax more out of it in town. If you need a little more power Nissan offers the Z in a Nissmo trim with 350 ponies and a couple hundred more revs. But, that will take the price just north of $40,000. Then all the price comparisons go out the window.
Stand proud Nissan. Just don’t bring a suitcase.
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