2016 Nissan 370Z Driving Impressions

The 370Z suspension is stiff enough that you might find yourself dodging bumps to save your weary butt, and that’s after it was softened for 2015. We’re not saying it’s too stiff, mind you. We think it’s worth it in this car, to get the handling that you get. There’s plenty of grip. The ride isn’t that bad. If your favorite set of curves is fairly smooth, you’re golden.

The seven-speed automatic transmission is very capable. The six-speed manual is fairly slick, bringing shifts with short, stiff throws. If you don’t know how to heel-and-toe downshift, the SynchroRev system does it for you, blipping nearly flawlessly while you just worry about braking and clutching. The automatic transmission rev-matches, too, sometimes with a big fun blip.

The Nismo’s 350 horsepower comes from the exhaust and electronic tuning. You can get either the six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic with it. One of the best track sessions we’ve ever had was in a Nismo. Late afternoon at Riverside Raceway and a great dice with a Shelby Mustang had much to do with it. But the Nismo was the perfect car. That was more than a few years ago, of course.

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