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Nissan IDx Concept Car – Something Radical

Nissan IDx Concept Car – Something Radical

Nissan has rolled out images for its new concept car – the IDx. It’s sporty and retro-looking. Seems to have some resemblance to the Dodge Challenger doesn’t it?

So is thing actually going to be available at some point in the future? It’s been rumored that the project was on the chopping block, but Nissan execs have seemingly breathed life into the project again, stating that a redesign is in the works and it may be modeled more from the chassis of the Nissan Maxima.

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A new sports car would be a welcome addition from Nissan. In my opinion, the Z has long been one of the best cars for the money, and successor to the 370z is set to come out sometime in the next 3 years. If Nissan can offer similar performance with a new look, this will be a cool new roadrunner to consider when looking for a sports car.

 

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Bang for Buck Nissan 370z FTW

Bang for Buck Nissan 370z FTW

Son of bitch!

Those were my words as I was car shopping on Auto Trader this weekend. Why? Because I kept coming back to the same inevitable conclusion: the Nissan 370z is far and away the best bang for buck sports car.

Why I am upset by this fact? Because I have already owned a 350z and I want something different. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed my 350z which is probably why the 370z is such a great buy.

So let’s say you’re in the market for a sporty looking two seater with ample interior amenities (to remind you that you don’t live in Tajikistan) and some power to remind you that you still have a pulse. Now, if you’re on an unlimited budget than you have nothing to worry about and your options are pretty much endless. But if you’re like the rest of us, you aren’t wanting to blow your life savings on your new toy.

What you get in the 370z:

Looks: In my opinion, it’s a great looking car. Yes, there are prettier cars and everyone has their opinions on it and I have heard plenty of people say they don’t like the look of it. Well, everyone likes something different.

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Engine: 332 hp V-6 Naturally Aspirated

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Interior: Leather seats, cluster gauges, and a bit of plastic

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Price: You can find 2010 models for around 20k and change

All-in-all, you get the looks, you get the fun, you get the feeling of a more expensive interior. Now what other cars can you compare with it?

The Competitors

Zee Germans

Well, the Germans will price you out of the market and give you less power – BMW Z4, Mercedez-Benz SLK, Audi TTS, Porsche Boxster/Cayman – all more expensive and less powerful. Granted, you will get some nicer amenities and some smoother rides, but is that really what you buy a sports car for?

The Americans

The Americans? The Corvette is great and will eat the 370′s balls off in the straight. But to get into the 20k price range you’re looking at a car 5-6 years older. Plus, the interior looks like something they pulled out of a 1997 Suburban.

Pontiac Solstace? Let’s not get carried away.

Other Japanese

Other Japanese? Well the Miata MX-5 is super popular, but it doesn’t have the pull you get from a 332hp engine and interior is a bit lacking.

Honda S2000 – I hate the interior on these things, and you will be surprised of the price tag you find on even older models.

Now you could argue that cars like the Mustang, Challenger, Camaro, BRZ, and Evo all give it a run for its money. But then you’re crossing into 4 seaters and muscle cars – which is fine if that’s what you’re looking for.

The sad thing is, the new 370z is not worlds different from the 350z. It’s essentially the same car with a few improvements and more ponies. And that’s disappointing part. Which is why I keep repeating the phrase “Son of a bitch!”

 

 

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