On The Cover Review: 2010 Nissan 370Z
Not many Japanese makes sold in the U.S. have a true heritage nameplate in their lineup, but Nissan’s Z-car has a place in our automotive history. The 370Z replaced the 350Z for the 2009 model year, and as they have throughout the Z’s lifespan, Nissan has tried to keep a balance between performance and relative value. The 3.7-liter V6 knocks out a respectable 332-hp, and the sporty intent of this car is evident everywhere from the suspension to the seating position. The original Z—the 240—came to the United States in 1969 under the Datsun banner. It had a modern long-nose, short deck layout reminiscent of the Corvette of the day, but it certainly wasn’t a big-block Vette fighter. Nor was it trying to be. The Z was more of a slick exercise in technology and road-holding ability. And that’s what you’ll still find today. Additionally, the 370Z addresses some of the criticisms of interior cheapness that the 350Z was subjected to, so now the tactile and visual experience from behind the wheel better reflects the cutting-edge feel of the rest of the car.