Zenlea is right that this 370Z is as close as it gets to a poor man's Cayman. The 3.7-liter V-6 produces enough power to provide thrust at any speed, but rarely overwhelms the Z. The six-speed stick and rev-matching wizardry entice you to swap gears to pour on the power. Weighty steering directs a chassis that wants to be challenged. It all adds up to a very complete sports car.
That being said, the 370Z certainly doesn't step on Porsche's toes. The German sports cars feel much more nimble and elegant in carving roads, where as the 370Z feels like a brutish racer. And as Phil hinted, there's plenty of room for more refinement throughout the car. About 90 minutes into a three-hour drive, I was absolutely beat from the firm, simple seats and the coarse engine.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor