Nissan’s latest GT-R supercar may have stolen much of the Z’s thunder since coming onto the market but the automaker's current entry-level sports car, the 2012 370Z, is still a focused performer that shouldn’t be overlooked.
And unlike the GT-R, the 370Z comes in a convertible bodystyle as well as the standard coupe, and if you want a bit more performance there’s also a sportier Nismo edition.
Only one engine is offered: a 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque in the standard model and 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque in the Nismo edition. A six-speed manual comes as standard and is complemented by an optional seven-speed automatic with paddle-shifters. The Nismo edition, which is aimed at more hardcore users, comes only in manual.
While both transmissions are good, we’d recommend sticking with the manual. It features a relatively unique Syncro Rev-Match system that automatic blips the throttle on downshifts to...
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