In life there are few things that can bring joy to a person’s heart quite like a traditional two seat sports car. These are the cars that know no compromises when it comes to styling, power or performance handling. Unfortunately there are sometimes drawbacks like a claustrophobic cabin with zero storage space and huge chiropractor bills from the ride that absorbs bumps about as well as tissue paper absorbs aluminum.
Then, of course, there is the option of buying the grand two-seat boulevard cruiser which favors pillow smooth ride comfort, body roll and an automatic transmission over all else. Not that there is anything wrong with that but why have two doors if you aren’t really going to drive the thing? And I mean really drive the thing. Sort of like the way you drive from the moment you get behind the wheel of the Nissan 370Z. Now this is a sports car.
From stem to stern the 2010 Nissan 370Z is the pure essence of sexy. Not a line is out of place and the design stands as one of the best ever to come from Nissan which isn’t exactly a slouch when it comes to styling attractive cars, trucks and SUVs. The rear end is especially taut and pert looking yet you might be surprised to learn that under the hatch there is a rather wide and long cargo area. I’ll grant you the cargo hold isn’t very deep but it’s worth it to look this cool.
The interior of the Z is also surprisingly comfortable and has plenty of consoles, cubbies and cupholders to carry all the junk Americans need to take with them. The interior is also just gorgeously built with dials and secondary controls all angled towards the driver. In the 370Z the passenger is merely “along for the ride.”
Cars like the Nissan 370Z are the ones that make life worth living for people who love to drive. Many people see cars as a means to an end-an intermediary getting them from one place to another. Driving a car like the 370Z is a rarity nowadays because there is nothing to shield you from your interface with this hugely powerful machine. It corners, handles, steers, accelerates, shifts and responds with such razor sharp acuity that you might start to believe it can read your thoughts.
And in our stressed out, economically unsure times what people need some sort of joyful outlet for all that worries them. Trust me, the Nissan 370Z can help you forget about your problems. And you know how they always say stress kills? Well, the 2010 Nissan 370Z kills stress. Here are five ways the 370Z can bring serene joy to your life and maybe help add a few years to your life.
The Glorious Metallic Howl of the Engine: The newly updated 3.7 liter V6 is truly a gem in this Z application what with its absolutely endless supply of power and metallic staccato shriek as it reaches the rev-line. This is quite easily the best production V6 in the world today.
The Interface of Clutch and Shifter: Shifting the six speed manual in the Nissan 370Z is such a pleasure that it should be illegal. The test vehicle was equipped with the $3,000 Sport Package which adds a limited-slip differential, 19-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels (a must!), Nissan sport brakes and something known as Syncro Rev-Match. This system apes the effects of heel and toe downshifting to help ensure all your shifts are clean and smooth. Yes, the 370Z will even make your friends think you are better at driving stick shift than you really are.
Other than that the manual transmission in the 370Z is a pure gem (there is a 7-speed automatic available but remember this rule: stick shifts are for coupes, automatics are for convertibles) with an easy to modulate clutch and a shifter that moves with such mechanical precision you will never want another automatic again after experiencing it. Despite the fact that the 370Z is gorgeous and beautifully built the best part of the coupe is how the engine/transmission works together in tandem. Truly glorious.
The Interior Makes You Feel like the Car is Wrapped Around You: Nowadays when you get inside a sports coupe there often times isn’t enough headroom or (as is the case with the new Chevy Camaro) the styling necessitates bizarre blind spots and impaired fields of vision. Whereas driving a Camaro makes you feel like you are trapped inside a mailbox, the interior of the 2010 Nissan 370Z offers plenty of headroom and feels like it was designed and built around you. Finding a comfortable seat setting is very simple and all of the controls are within easy reach. A great cockpit for driving.
The 370Z is Cool and Will Thereby Make You Look Cool: It is a simple fact of life. Cool looking cars can even make dorky people look cool. The best part of the Nissan 370Z’s design is the fact that, despite its overt sex appeal, it never looks like it is trying too hard. If just effortlessly exudes this hunkered down animalistic rage that practically screams “drive me now!” The snake fang-like front end is also especially intimidating for drivers in front of you.
It’s Not That Expensive: Come on now. If you want to get anything like the performance of the 370Z you have to spend nearly twice as much on a Porsche Cayman or three times as much on a Porsche 911. With prices starting under $30,000 you might even be able to afford to own a 370Z as a second or third car. Now wouldn’t that be nice?
Vehicle Tested: 2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe w/ Sport Package
Base Price: $29,990
Price as Tested: $34,605
Fuel Economy: 18 city/26 Highway
Engine: 3.7 liter V6 with 332 horsepower/270 lb. feet of torque
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
0-60: 4.8 seconds (estimated)