Like its original 46 year old predecessor, the classic Datsun 240Z, the 2016 Nissan 370Z never shows its age in fact, cars of this design age pretty well. Already at 8 years old, the 370Z shows that there is nothing to change for the current generation sticking true to its roots.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z Adds Some New Options But Stays Original All the Way
Very little can distinguish the 2016 Nissan 370Z from the original Z way back in 2008; modernization came in form of LED daytime running lights, other than that, most of the upgrades are interior connectivity options. Under the hood is the same VQ37VHR 3.7-liter V6 used since 2008. The engine is a 332hp pure no nonsense powerhouse, no supercharging, no turbocharging, no electric boost. Just pure combustion power. The V6 is mated to a standard 6-speed manual with rev-matching or an option for a 7-speed auto.
Inside the cabin is strictly a two-seater coupe with tight dimensions. For the 2016 370Z year Nissan includes the standard keyless entry, push button start, Bluetooth, Aux ports, and a Bose audio system with active noise cancellation to drown out road noise, and active sound enhancement takes the juicy bits of the throaty V6 and pumps it in the cabin ala-BMW. Who needs music when you got a naturally-aspirated V6 as your road trip mixtape?
Driving the Z is a connected experience. The steering is direct with no electrical assist, The 6-speed manual is precise and offers an automatic rev matching feature for smooth downshifts. The car is like a well-trained dog that does whatever you want it to do. Brakes are tight and responsive. Being a sports car first, ride comfort can be a bit rough on the edges on high speeds and uneven roads with the stiff suspension but not as rough as its NISMO counterpart.
If you’re looking for a fun and powerful coupe but on a tight budget, the 370Z fits the bill for you. The 370Z offers good value and it’s a pure sports car experience with no modern electronics taking away the experience from you. The synchroRev revmatching is a convenient feature if you’re tired of heel toeing every single time you downshift. The 3.7 V6 is as pure as it can get, powerful and great sounding.
The Z is a tiny car inside the cabin, most of the wheelbase is consumed by the long nose and the 2 seats tell that this car isn’t supposed to be practical. The pureness of the engine can become an issue in the future with stricter emissions.
The 2016 Nissan 370Z is proof that sticking true to your origins and improving upon it is an excellent way to market a car. Even on the modern roads where electronic assists are common, the 370Z is a true modern classic.