The first Datsun 240Z rolled into American showrooms in 1969. Four decades later, we’ve got our hands wrapped around the thick, leather, multi-function steering wheel of its direct descendant, the all-new 370Z. With a 332 hp V6 and a six-speed manual transmission directing power to the rear wheels, our outlook is decidedly positive as we head out on the street. Is all of the hype surrounding this new coupe justified? You betcha! Welcome to the Z Club of Southern Oregon.

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