The era of the low-slung sports coupe with the naturally aspirated V6 engine is ...
The era of the low-slung sports coupe with the naturally aspirated V6 engine is almost over. Not only has Porsche set a record straight by downsizing from the flat-six to the flat-four turbo in the 718 series, and Nissan’s venerable 370Z just can’t keep up, not even in Nismo form.
This comparison between the two Japanese legends is made all the more embarrassing since the 370Z is the Nismo model. Sure, the STI won because it had better traction off the line, and Nissan’s sports car is too bulky, the auto gearbox isn’t very good.
It’s not like the STI is the epitome of speed. We have seen drag races where it loses to the Golf R, and it’ll definitely not keep up with a Ford Focus RS or all those German monster hatchbacks.
The Roadshow editors can’t really decide which of these two vehicles has the worst ride, but at least the stiff suspension in the Subaru makes it faster.
Meanwhile, a Nismo follows the crest of the road, its bucket seats don’t offer much support. What’s more, the STI has the big trunk and seating for at least four people. Both vehicles leave a lot to be desired regarding the infotainment system, though.
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