Nissan 370Z Origins
The Nissan Z series holds the record for best-selling sports car series with over two million units sold worldwide. The series began in 1969 with the 240Z sold under the Datsun name in America. This model sold until 1973. In 1974, the 260Z took over and increased sales. The 280Z appeared the following year and stayed on the market through 1978.
The second generation Z cars started with the Datsun/Nissan 280ZX. These cars went through various changes and additions and remained on the market through 1983. The third generation entered the market in 1984 with a redesign, and the name changed to 300ZX.
The fourth generation Z cars started in 1990 as a huge hit, again. Winning major awards and boasting great sales figures, the 300ZX of this generation fared well until a few factors conspired to end the party. Rising Yen value, a dramatic increase in price of over $20,000 during this period, and the meteoric rise in popularity of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) all contributed to a temporary demise of the Z series.
No Z series cars sold in America from 1997 to 2002. The fifth generation began in 2002 with the 350Z. This model of the Z series sports car was once again a big hit, drawing praise from the press and enthusiasts alike. These cars feature many packages and options and offer a lot of performance at a reasonable price. The 350Z retired in 2008, thus ending the fifth generation.
The 370Z debuted in 2009 and represents the sixth generation of the much-vaunted and remarkably successful Z series of Nissan sports cars. Continuing the themes of great performance at a reasonable price with many options to choose from, the 370Z has done a respectable job of carrying the torch for the best-selling sports car series ever.About the Nissan 370Z
This car is known for its great looks, fine styling, and a lot of driving fun at a price that beats the competition. The cabin is unusually comfortable for a sports car and can be stuffed with as many features and options as any luxury sedan. The tight and responsive handling with great steering communication lets the driver feel the road, which continues this car’s remarkable reputation. With over 300 horsepower, and a relatively light body, this model has acceleration to spare.
The very few, small downsides amount to excessive road noise, some engine roughness at high rpm, and some visibility issues due to the aggressive styling. All in all that is not much to complain about compared to the extensive upsides of this high-value sports car.
The 370Z does a great job of carrying on a tradition of reliable, well-made, and great handling cars that are fun to drive and easy on the pocketbook. The 370Z has already established that it will meet the expectations of enthusiasts and continue to impress members of the automotive press. It has a fine reputation, which is no easy feat given how prized past models have been; the extent of the competition, and the fact that the series disappeared for a number of years before making a championship-style comeback.Nissan 370Z Features
By this point in the production run for the 370Z, Mazda offers a few models and a number of options and packages to choose from. The first basic choice offers hatchback, coupe, or roadster convertible body styles. The coupe comes in three trims: base, Touring, and NISMO. Roadsters come in either base or Touring trim. The base model starts with a 332 horsepower V-6 and either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic. The base model offers a generous amount of standard features, and the Touring trim adds all of the obligatory upgrades to technology, interior comfort, and sound system quality.
The NISMO package provides a performance option that uses race engine tuning to achieve more horsepower. In addition, the transmission, suspension, and body upgrades make the 370Z track ready.
Mazda also offers sport and navigation packages and the list of options runs rather long.Nissan 370Z Evolution
Over the course of this generation there have been additions to the line in terms of specialty models such as the Anniversary edition, the NISMO trim, the Yellow model (for the British market), and the roadster. But aside from packages and trims, the core of this vehicle has yet to go through any major changes.