A completely new 370Z from Nissan, the sixth generation of the Japanese automaker’s legendary Z line of sports cars, was introduced for 2009, one that adopted more technology and features than any Z car before it yet managed to remain a straightforward sports car. In 2011 the 370Z soldiers on relatively unchanged, coming once again in both Coupe and Roadster bodystyles, as well as with a torquey V-6 engine and the choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
Both transmissions are fun in the 370Z but our pick is the six-speed manual. It gets a special SynchroRev Match feature that automatically blips the throttle, helping amateurs sound like the pros. It automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the exact speed of the next gear position, allowing the throttle to smooth out any up or down shifts. This helps to improve vehicle balance and smoothness by reducing the typical harshness when the clutch is engaged.
The automatic is good too, coming with no...