Motor Trend associate road test editor Carlos Lago had just gotten back from 20 hours of trans-Atlantic travel and was jetlagged. He had just the cure waiting for him – a 2012 Nissan 370Z.
While Lago may not have found the Z to be as sharp and precise as the Porsche Boxster, the Nissan reminded him of sports cars of old that involved the driver and caused them to perk up and pay attention. It's that little extra effort required that perks Lago right up from his flight-induced stupor and makes the 370Z a fun and rewarding car to drive.
"If you look at the typical sports car formula, this car pretty much nails it. The design is right; the proportions are good with its low-slung cockpit and that fastback. The hardware is right too – a big 3.7-liter V-6 making over 330 hp sending it to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. You have aggressive suspension; you have forged wheels with sticky tires wrapped around them; this thing pretty much gets it."
However, it was not all gravy – Lago voiced some concern over the long-term reliability and day-to-day driving comfort of such a sports car. That said, the 370Z is a car that reminds drivers what it's like to be behind the wheel of a sports car that awakens the senses. It's the kind of car that wakes you up, and "just what the doctor ordered" to clear up Lago's jetlag.
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