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On Performance
For the most intense experience, the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO is the way to go, but the standard Coupe and Roadster are both ample fun.
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The 370 is the quickest and stickiest Z that Motor Trend has ever tested. Whether opting for the coupe or roadster, the Nissan 370Z delivers stellar driving dynamics, with organic steering, stout brakes, and immense grip. About the only major gripe is engine coarseness near redline.
Motor Trend

The high-winding V6 is gutsy, though you'll know when you're getting close to the 7,500 rpm redline, as the engine sounds and feels rather coarse. In terms of handling, this latest Z is the best yet, boasting tenacious grip and sharp reflexes.
Edmunds

We clocked acceleration to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and a quarter mile run in a brisk 14.0 seconds at 105 mph.
Automobile Magazine

Heel-toe down shifting, which requires using the right foot to both brake and blip the throttle, is one of the most difficult skills for any driver to learn. The 370Z's SynchroRev Match system blips the throttle, automatically providing butter-smooth downshifts every time.
Kelley Blue Book

What we have here is a $35,000 car that accelerates to 60 mph a mere 10th behind a Porsche Cayman S.
Car and Driver

Just one engine powers the three-model 370Z range, though the NISMO model gets unique upgrades that enhance its power output from the standard 332-horsepower rating to 350 hp.

The shared engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 from the venerable VQ series of engines. While the 3.7-liter iteration of this series isn't as sonorous or as torque-biased as the previous 3.5-liter unit, its peak power and general reliability are strong points.

Two transmissions can be had in the 370Z: a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The manual transmission is fairly slick, delivering shifts with short, stiff throws. A SynchroRev system negates the need for heel-toe skills, blipping the throttle automatically on downshifts. The automatic transmission does the same, though with less directness.

Balancing between true sports car and grand touring categories, the 370Z is nimble and powerful, a deft combination of strengths, especially considering its price point. The dual nature of the 2014 370Z also brings some compromises, including slightly dull steering feel that doesn't communicate much of the car's road-level behavior to the driver. Still, on the whole, the 370Z is a rewarding and engaging car to drive hard.

Roadster models feel a touch softer, but the open-top element is a big upside. NISMO models take the 370Z's basic mix in the other direction, adding firmness and power, but at the cost of some comfort and quietness.

Conclusion

For the most intense experience, the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO is the way to go, but the standard Coupe and Roadster are both ample fun.

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