2009 Nissan 370Z: A Man's Sports Car
September 25, 2009
I just spent the better part of a week living in our long-term 2009 Nissan 370Z. I drove it about 500 miles including many trips to home and office, a blast down to Anahiem (about 50 miles) to watch my Yankees spank the Angels, a business meeting and informal dive bar visit in Newport Beach and a 100+ mile run out to Willow Springs Raceway in the garden spot that is Rosamond, California.
This is a fantastic car. Don't let others convince you it's too loud and too rough. This is a sports car, a man's sports car, and after driving it those 500 miles this week I'm convinced that the 370Z is just right how it is. If the NVH levels aren't to your liking, dig around in your purse a pull out some ear plugs, but don't ask Nissan to neuter one of the final remaining sports cars that is actually tuned for the male of the species.
Beyond those elevated testoterone levels I want to thank Nissan's braintrust for giving the Z a comfortable seat, a fine driving position and a navigation system that doesn't take a degree from MIT to figure out.
This is a good car. A fun car. It feels like it was designed and engineered by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. And I can't think of a higher compliment than that.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief