It was great to see the new Nissan 370Z unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show, last November, but I was left with one nagging question: would it live up to its predecessor, a truly exciting and affordable sports car?
To be honest, I was not instantly enchanted by the looks of the new 370Z, with the frivolous boomerang head lights and similar taillight design — and a side profile that unabashedly borrows from the 800-pound gorilla of the Nissan line-up, the GT-R. But as an owner of a 2008 Nissan 350Z, I was still quite eager to experience the new Z’s performance and handling.
If the press kit is to be believed, it should be better than ever. The 2010 model has all the right specs: it’s lighter, shorter, wider and lower, the right ingredients for improved handling. Then there’s the new 3.7 V-6 petrol engine (borrowed from Nissan’s luxury market sibling, Infiniti). Add more horsepower and torque and, well, you can understand that I had some high expectations.