2009 Nissan 370Z

John Roe

Even with its shorter wheelbase and with our test car's nineteen-inch wheels, the 370Z provides noticeably better ride comfort than the 350Z. Sherman, again: "This is one of the most livable sport suspensions in captivity, downright BMW-like in the way it manages speed-related rock and roll while coddling its occupants." It's not hard to imagine two people taking the 370Z on a road trip without complaint. They can even pack a medium-size suitcase, since the cargo area (although slightly smaller than the 350Z's) is no longer dissected by the structural brace, which has been moved forward to a position just behind the seats.

Nissan's mainstream vehicle efforts in recent years have been hit-or-miss affairs - witness the uninspiring Altima coupe, the bloated new Murano, and the handsome but ho-hum new Maxima that falls short of its four-door-sports-car billing. So it's especially nice to see that Nissan, which historically has provided a lot of bang for the enthusiast's buck, has enhanced what was already a very affordable and desirable sports car. Hollywood might have problems with second acts, but Nissan proves that a sequel really can top the original.

2009 Nissan 370Z

Price (base/as tested): $30,625/$33,625 (est.)

Engine: DOHC 24-valve V-6
Displacement: 3.7 liters (226 cu in)
Horsepower: 332 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Transmission Type: 6-speed manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
Mileage 18/26 mpg (est.)

Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension, front: Control arms, coil springs
Suspension, rear: Multilink, coil springs
Brakes: Vented discs, ABS
Tires: Bridgestone Potenza RE050A
Tire size f, r: 245/40WR-19, 275/35WR-19

L x W x H: 167.1 x 72.6 x 52.1 in
Wheelbase: 100.4 in
Track f/r: 61.0/62.8 in
Weight: 3380 lb

Our Test Results
0-60 mph: 5.3 sec
0-100 mph: 12.8 sec
0-120 mph: 18.0 sec
0-140 mph: 27.5 sec
1/4-mile: 14.0 sec @ 105 mph 30-70 mph 6.1 sec
Peak acceleration: 0.65 g
Speed in gears:
1) 41; 2) 67; 3) 96; 4) 122; 5) 155; 6) 145 mph
Cornering L/R: 0.98/0.93 g
70-0 mph braking: 154 ft
Peak braking: 1.15 g

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