Nissan 370Z Roadster 3.7 V6 GT Pack
The Nissan 370Z is widely acclaimed to be an excellent car which combines speed, handling, reliability and practicability together to create a great all round performer. Since being introduced in 2010 it has sold pretty well in the UK replacing the aged 350Z.
The roadster version, or the convertible version, is my favourite model. It features the exact same 332bhp 3.7-litre V6 engine as the coupe yet opens your head up to the skies. A 6-speed gearbox with a crisp change feeds power to the rear wheels and out on the open road the 370Z is hard to beat, especially for the price asked of it.
One competitor, the Porsche Boxster 2.7-litre, does come close though. That features a 2.7-litre flat-six engine that produces 265 horsepower and a lovely soundtrack. It's not as quick as a 370Z in a straight line, but out on the road with the top down, it feels just as good.
I prefer the 370Z though. Not because it's faster or more powerful, but because I like the Nissan brand. They are no longer a cheap automotive manufacturer and ever since the original GTR they have been one of my favourite performance brands. Whilst the 370Z is no GTR, you can certainly have as much fun in the roadster version.
Inside the cabin is smart and deceptively premium. The roof lowers within 20 seconds automatically and the build quality is solid, with everything from the seats to the dash being well screwed together. It isn't particularly sporty, nor does it exactly will you to go fast, but it's snug and the seats are wonderful to sink in to.
At higher speeds the biggest downside to the 370Z shows its ugly face; engine noise. On a country road the V6 engine sounds lovely and wills you to redline it, but on the motorway at 70 mph it's frankly too noisy. A 7th gear may be needed when an update is made in the future.
Overall, though, the 370Z is a great car offering a lot to love. If you want good build quality, comfort and speed for under £36k, this is the car I'd recommend, even more so than a Porsche Boxster.