About nine years ago, the arrival of the 370Z at North American dealers was keeping Nissan sales staff busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest. The latest in Nissan’s long line of “for the masses” performance cars was light, feisty, balanced to the nines, and dialled in to deliver a genuinely athletic, cut-price, world-class driving experience. Plus, it was rear-drive, so owners could talk drifting with their pals.
Today, the 370Z enters model year 2018 as, largely, a brand-new, nine-year-old car – and sales are up, thanks largely to the deployment of a high-value, $30,000 Enthusiast Coupe Edition model.
Today, many years into its life, there remain a few reasons to consider a Z, and a few not to.