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Nissan 370Z GT pack manual: Test Drive Review

Date: 22 January 2010   |   Author:

Category: Sports
P11D price: £30,315
Key rival: BMW Z4

We tried Nissan's new 370Z coupe in automatic form last year, and though it was reasonably competent, it's now possible to report that the manual version is the better of the two.

Though there's only 2g/km between the two versions - with both in the maximum 35% BIK band - and a 0.3mpg difference, there are a couple of reasons for those corporate drivers with enough free reign on their company policy to pick cars like this.

Aside from the £1400 price saving, the manual 370Z is the first car on sale to feature a throttle blip when changing down a gear, which smoothes the gearchange. It's a brilliant system that works perfectly, and adds appeal for the kind of more enthusiastic driver that would look at the 370Z as an option.

There's very little to choose between the manual and auto 370Zs on whole-life cost grounds, with both around the 77p per mile point, which is high in isolation, but for a car like this, which has an attainably low P11D, not unreasonable.

Nissan 370Z manual GT Pack
P11D price£30,315
Model price range£26,900-£31,900
Fuel consumption26.9mpg
CO2 (tax) 249g/km (35%)
BIK 20/40% per month£177/£354
Service interval9000mls
Insurancegroup 19
Boot space235 litres
Engine size/power3696cc/326PS
Top speed/0-62mph155mph/5.6secs
On sale Summer 2009
VerdictAppealing, and gearbox tech,
interior quality and driving
experience is impressive.


Appealing, and gearbox tech, interior quality and driving experience is impressive.