The 370z has always been a bruiser of a sports car, with its V6 engine, rear-wheel drive handling and clunky controls resulting in a great, if uncivilised, driving experience. And the new GT Edition – a nod to 40 years of the “Z”– is no exception.

Essentially a revised 370z with tweaked suspension and better sound insulation – to combat the 370z’s perennial problems of booming road noise and a spine-crashing ride – it delivers a new purity of handling and sharp acceleration. Though its 0 to 60 time still isn’t great for a two-seater with 300- plus of horse power, and its exhaust lacks the guttural roar you’d hope for in a “weekend”sports car. Not that you’ll be able to manage a long Saturday drive, because despite improvements it still suffers from a punishing ride and ear-bashing road noise (in heavy rain it sounds like the boot is flooding).

Thankfully the GT Edition boasts a stack of new kit as standard, including sat-nav and a reversing camera. And you won’t miss it from the outside either. A pair of pronounced grey go-faster stripes run along the side sills and dark chrome alloys add a dose of danger. Though the stripes on my test model soon started to peel off after a lively A-Road run. Broken bling aside, the GT Edition is an attractive car in a more liveable driving package. Nissan racing fans will love it. But after 40 years of practise, you’d have hoped the Japanese boffins would have come up with something just a little more special.

THE COMPETITION

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NISSAN 370Z GT EDITION

Price: £35,000

Engine capacity: 3.7l V6

Power output (PS @ rpm): 328 @ 7000

Max torque (Nm @ rpm): 363 @ 5200

Top speed (mph): 155 0-62 mph (seconds): 5.3

Fuel economy (mpg): 26.6

CO2 emissions (g/km): 248

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