Used Nissan 370Z
The Nissan 350Z was a veritable success story for its Japanese creator, seeping into markets around the world and inspiring passion amongst car enthusiasts of all ages.
As such the Nissan 370Z was under quite a bit of pressure to follow in its footsteps when it launched in 2009. This was intensified because it arrived at around the same time as Nissan's new GT-R, which was a car that left motoring journalists speechless.
The 370Z took the basic formula of the 350Z and gave it a sporty overhaul. In 2010 a special edition was created to commemorate the 40th birthday of the original 240Z and in 2011 a roadster version hit the market.
There are a growing number of quality used examples of the 370Z available and if you're looking for impeccable performance combined with Nissan's eminent reliability, this is a good buy.
Bang for your buck
The 370Z features a bold and busty design, with curves and flares at the front and rear ends giving it plenty of physical presence. In fact many might notice similarities between its design and that of the GT-R, which is of course no coincidence.
On the inside you'll be pleased to see that Nissan has updated the styling from that found in the 350Z. Although there are many similarities, it all feels a little bit more pleasing because fancier materials are in use.
This is a two seater car, but storage is improved thanks to a parcel shelf in the rear, along with a lockable glove box that should keep your precious items safe and out of sight.
With a 3.7 litre engine producing 325bhp, the 370Z is no slouch when it comes to performance. Meanwhile if you pick the drop top Roadster edition, you'll get an electric roof that can change positions in about 20 seconds, which is perfect if you encounter unexpected rain showers.
What you'll pay
You'll be able to pick up an early era approved used Nissan 370Z for around £15,000 if you are happy to buy a car that has done a decent number of miles from new.
Newer examples will cost closer to £20,000, which is unsurprising given the prestigious nature of this range.
What to check
It is always sensible to avoid any used sports car that doesn't have a full service history and all the relevant documentation to go along with it.
Some people will have taken their 370Z to track days, so it is sensible to explore whether or not a used model has been thrashed or just driven on urban roads.
Although the 370Z has proven to be mechanically sound, there are a couple of potential issues which you should check. This includes complaints of paintwork that deteriorates prematurely on areas including the bonnet and bumpers.
If the 370Z is still equipped with its factory-fitted Bridgestone tyres, then you might also find that these provide a little bit too much of a buzz when used at high speeds on the motorway. There are quieter alternatives, including Michelin Pilot Sport 2s, should you want a more demure driving experience.
The 370Z's parts are priced competitively with similarly equipped rivals, so £280 will net you an alternator and £70 will buy a pair of front brake pads.
How it drives
There is a lot going on under the bonnet of the Nissan 370Z, from the variable valve event and lift control (VVEL) to the SynchroRev Match system that helps improve gear changes.
The engine is a V6 unit and will help you to hit 60mph in just 4.6 seconds from a standing start. The heavier Roadster will reach the same speed in 4.9 seconds, so there is only a slight performance hit to handle here.
Aside from the aforementioned issue with tyre noise during motorway stints on the standard rubber, the 370Z is a joy to drive. It is lighter and tauter than the 350Z, as well as being blessed with more power and punch to help justify its higher asking price.
Although the Nissan 370Z is somewhat in the shadow of the GT-R, it deserves plenty of attention and respect and is a fine continuation of Nissan's Zed car range that should be a future classic.