Ruling: The Nissan 370Z is an excellent example of a price-performance leader. With a base price of $31k, few cars can step up to the performance and handling prowess of the 370Z in this price range.
The 2011 Nissan 370Z coupe has a style, performance, and value that few can come close to matching. Powertrain of the 2011 370Z uses a 3.7-liter engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) is rated at 332 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. Two transmissions choices are offered: a close-ratio 6-speed manual with synchronized downshift rev-matching or a 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).
Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for both the 7-speed automatic and 6-speed manual gearboxes.
In addition to the 2011 Nissan 370Z Coupe, an open-air 370Z Roadster and 350-horsepower NISMO 370Z are also available.
The performance-oriented NISMO boasts a 350-hp 3.7-liter V6, mated to a six-speed manual transmission with SyncroRev Match, providing smooth and seamless transitions from gear to gear.
Standard on the NISMO are 19-inch forged alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, a limited slip differential, larger sport brakes and SynchroRev Match with the manual transmission.
Nice body lines, Rays wheels are icing on the cake
Powerful motor with great sound
Manual transmission not as slick as the competition
No lumbar support or telescoping steering wheel
Either less weight or more power and this could be an exotic challenger for a fraction of the cost
Verdict: Yes there are other practical 2+2 sports coupes available for less than $35k, like the American Pony Cars or Hyundai Genesis, but if you are looking for a purpose built two seat coupe you can live with every day, this is the one. The closest competitors are the Corvette and Cayman, but these move you $10k higher without the striking looks. This is an excellent value for a performance ride, just make sure you test both the manual and automatic transmissions before buying. Nissan is really pushing their 370Z slogan; Passionate Performance at an Excellent Value. It’s 1970 all over again, just in a Z that’s 2X faster and 5X more comfortable than the original Datsun.