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Overall: Nissan appears in no hurry to perform makeover surgery on these sporty Coupe and Roadster models, but instead prefers trim and content updates.

Drivetrain: A 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6; NISMO Coupe bumps the rating to 350; choose from a six-speed manual transmission or optional seven-speed automatic.

With Mazda’s new-for-2016 MX-5 Miata grabbing most of the sports-car headlines lately, it’s perhaps understandable that the Nissan 370Z would get a bit lost in the drama. However for those looking for added performance at reasonable prices, the Z-car Coupe and soft-top Roadster are worth checking out. Both versions run hard with the same 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 that’s fitted with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional seven-speed automatic includes SynchroRev Match, which, says Nissan, “essentially {blips} the throttle to smooth out the up/down shifts.” This keeps the back of the car stable since the wrong engine speed at the wrong time can severely upset the balance, potentially causing a spin. All models use LED daytime running lights embedded in the front fascia and black finishes for both the standard 18- and optional 19-inch wheels. The Coupe lineup consists of base 370Z, Sport, Sport Tech and Touring, while the roadster comes in base, Touring and Sport. Whether Coupe or Roadster, all models feature climate control/cruise/tilt gear along with push-button start, while Touring gets power-adjustable heated leather seats with faux suede inserts and matching bits on various touch-points inside. Along with the rev-matching manual gearbox, the Sport and Sport Tech (Coupe) and Touring Sport (Roadster) trims feature larger 19-inch wheels and tires, front and rear spoilers and bigger brakes. For more driving thrills, the limited-edition NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) Coupe bumps horsepower to 350 from 332 and adds a stiffer suspension, better brakes and a limited-slip differential. The NISMO also gets a more aggressive exterior design inspired by the almighty GT-R.

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