Luckily, some weeks before the keys to our new Nissan 370Z Coupe were in my hands, an invite to a wedding in Fife was delivered through my door.
The first task was fitting in all the necessary attire one takes to a wedding. The 370Z's boot is not the most practical, resembling more a parcel shelf than an actual boot, so when a hat box suddenly appeared on the luggage list I started to have my doubts.
With a full boot sorted and seats comfortably positioned for the long journey north it became instantly apparent the visibility out of the rear half is pretty awkward. The seating position is very low - which I love on a race track - but when reversing or negotiating a tight junction you do feel you are guessing where the rear is. There is also a problem with the blind spots; they are just that, and looking over your shoulder as you come down a slip road or to change lane is a pointless affair as you find yourself starring at the C-pillar instead.
Around the Lake District the fuel light popped up, so 290 miles into the journey we pulled up for some lunch and a spot of fuel. Some cars make you feel tired and exhausted when you get out after four-and-a-bit hours in the saddle, but the 370's seats caused no issues and the break was only needed to fill car and occupants up with fuel. A quick fuel calculation showed the car running at 25.6mpg, which I must admit felt a little disappointing after motorway cruising.
The only problem with the dynamic experience is the engine note. On full power the 3.7-litre V6 doesn't sing like you feel it should and, though it gives a lowish rumble when you get above 5000rpm, you feel the car is running out of breath. Push to the max 8500rpm and the screaming from the engine is a little painful. This engine note is not helped by the six-speed SynchroRev Match manual transmission as, when you change down, it makes noises akin to a torture chamber rather than a reassuring rumbling blip. The SynchroRev works very well when manoeuvring around the gearbox, though.
With a slightly sore head for the return leg I decided to let the sat-nav show us some sights. The 370Z is fitted with the latest sat-nav from Nissan which includes the usual routing options, but also nestled in the POI are Michelin guides for restaurants, hotels and tourist spots. So a little time sitting through the options of "worth a journey", "worth a detour", and "yeah, it's all right" (not strictly the name) we plumped for a castle on the Scottish eastern coastline and headed off towards it. Nissan's latest version is one of the best in-built navs yet. It is clear and has a breakdown of all junctions (and, on a motorway, service stops).
Deciding not to tackle a rising tidal-covered causeway to the island, we skipped Lindisfarne and went straight to the castle. This time Michelin got it spot-on and we pulled up at the quirky and interesting Chillingham Castle. I reckon that touring sights purely by sat-nav is a highly enjoyable and mysterious way of seeing the country. I highly recommend it. Before stopping for the night we pointed ourselves down the B6318 Military Road into Newcastle.
In fact, I'm enjoying the 370Z so much I may now have to go round to my mate Dave's house to show it off.