The 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe is among the last of its kind. It’s a classic sports car in the truest sense of the word, with a pedigree going back to the 1960s and a design that still prioritizes the driving experience. It’s also one of the few remaining sports cars that are priced with drivers in mind. If you’re in the market for a classic sports car (or if you just want to experience the thrill of driving one), here’s why the 2017 370Z Coupe is the car you should take for a test-drive.
1) Providing the Power of a Cavalry
Of course, the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe comes with plenty of power. Its engine has the strength of a cavalry, delivering 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to reach 60 miles per hour from a dead start in just 5.5 seconds.
For drivers who desire even more oopmh, the 2017 370Z Coupe is available with Nissan’s Nismo technology. The Nismo version of the coupe has an engine that puts out 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque — and shaves a full second off the coupe’s 0-to-60 acceleration. With this option, the 370Z Coupe will reach 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds – which is faster than a bugler can even call a cavalry.
Having a strong engine doesn’t necessarily put the 2017 370Z Coupe above other available sports cars, for many models deliver a significant amount of power. These statistics place the 370Z Coupe firmly in the discussion of today’s best sports cars, though.
2) Sporting Rear-Wheel Drive
After more than 50 years developing Z-line cars, Nissan continues to offer its sports cars in rear-wheel drive. The GT-R comes with a rear-wheel drive driving mode, and the 370Z Coupe has a rear-wheel drive drivetrain.
In an era dominated by European sports cars that feature all-wheel drive, a coupe that offers the same rear-wheel driving experience people fell in love with more than a half-century ago is refreshing. Some things simply can’t get better with time, and there’s no driving experience like that of a powerful rear-wheel drive sports car.
3) Cornering with Speed
Thanks to the expert work of Nissan’s engineers, the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe is able to attack curves. Cornering is perhaps where the coupe most stands apart from its competition – literally leaving them in the dust (or, at least, around the bend).
Cornering is harder to measure quantitatively than pure power, and it’s difficult to relay without experiencing. The experience of taking on a curve simply has to be experienced, making this perhaps the best reason to schedule a test-drive for a 2017 370Z Coupe.
4) Offering a Price Drivers Can Afford
While the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe most stands out on serpentine roads, it more than holds its own on the dealer’s lot. In the world of ever-increasing sports car prices, the 2017 370Z Coupe is one of the few remaining affordable models. With a base MSRP below $30,000, this is a sports car drivers can actually afford to own. Consider its price a relic of the past, much like it’s rear-wheel drive.
5) Test-Drive the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe
To experience the 2017 Nissan 370Z Coupe, come test drive it at McGrath Nissan. At 945 East Chicago Street in Elgin, McGrath Nissan is just minutes from Carpentersville and Streamwood. Make the short drive to the dealership, and take a 370Z Coupe for a test drive. You may just decide you want to relive the classic driving experience sports cars used to offer every day.