It has been around for 9 years, but it still looks good. Even so, in car terms, 9 years is an ion.

The look carries the design ethos from the preceding 350Z, and is muscular and angry. The shape of the 2-door, 2-seater belies the engineering lurking beneath the skin.

The 19” forged RAYS alloy wheels look apocalyptic and angry.

The rage escalates to a thrilling crescendo when the raspy 3.7 V6 wakes from its slumber, spitting, popping, and gurgling its mournful battle cry.

The drive panders to those base instincts, but a 6-pot cannot match the visceral animal magnetism of a V8. Despite that, 370Z remains one of only 2 Nissan passenger cars left standing. It is the slightly less mental cousin of the ludicrously-certifiable GTR.

It continues a long line of Z cars dating back over 40 years, but sold a piddling 30 in January 2018. Putting that into perspective, the biggest seller, Ford’s Mustang, sold 440 for the same period. In fact, last year Mustang sold over 9,100. That is only 100 less cars than the rest of the segment combined.

It explains why Nissan persists with the low volume Z car range.

The Nismo touches to the exterior are confined to some cosmetic details like the H-pattern exhaust and the mini spoiler on the hatch lid. The front fascia has been tweaked, but if it wasn’t for the badge, the Nismo would be easily mistaken for any other 370Z.

Although the Nismo sits slightly lower than the base model, the difference is imperceptible.

The pearl white duco glistens alluringly, and you find yourself falling just a little bit in love, almost to spite yourself.

Smart start and entry are among few of the considerations given to modern motoring. You feel like you’ve stepped back in time, especially once you’re inside.

Looking behind the seats, there is rigid stabilser bar that extends across between the suspension towers. It has “racified” (sic) an otherwise slightly ho-hum cabin. The Alcantara and leather seats hold any driver firm, regardless of the enthusiasm with which the steering is flung about.