It’s the Nissan that’s nipping at the GT-R’s heels! The 370Z is the latest in a long line of brawny Z-cars, and now we’ve let it flex its muscles in the UK.
Our model came with the optional seven-speed torque-converter auto box, which proved fast and involving. But we’d still recommend the six-speed manual with Nissan’s ingenious Syncro Rev Control – which automatically blips the throttle on downchanges.
Under the hood is a naturally aspirated 3.7-litre V6 – a simply remarkable engine that’s both smooth and savage.
Classic cues such as the ‘Z’ badge on the wings and the upswept line of the rear window are joined by arrowhead-shaped headlights. However, the 19-inch alloy wheels on our GT-spec car created a fidgety ride and increased road roar.
The steering is really well weighted, loading up significantly in corners and offering detailed feedback.
Plus, as the rear-wheel-drive newcomer weighs 32kg less than the 350Z, and features a shorter wheelbase, it takes bends with even more relish.
Rival: BMW Z4
The new Z4 is both refined and versatile. With its folding hard-top and adaptable suspension, it’s the sports car for any mood, and the range-topping 35i is blisteringly quick.
* Price: £33,050
* Engine: 3.7-litre V6
* Power/torque: 326bhp/366Nm
* Transmission: Seven-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
* 0-62mph: 5.9 seconds
* Top speed: 155mph
* Econ/CO2: 27.2mpg/247g/km
* Equipment: Sat-nav, 19-inch alloys, leather/suede seats, electric seats, Bose stereo, climate control, cruise control
* On sale: Now