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Thursday 14 December 2017

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ACE: It’s bonkers and doesn’t make sense, but I love it, writes Ian Mallon

THERE are some things in life that make absolutely no sense.

Having a transport Minister as dumb as Noel Dempsey doesn’t make much sense in anyone’s book, but Biffo still does it.

Walking out of a club like Manchester United when they tried to protect you from your ‘hooker difficulites’ doesn’t look very sensible, but Wayne Rooney still did it.

Putting Claire Byrne and Daithi O’Se together on the same show doesn’t make much sense either, but RTE still did it.

And buying a fabulous 370Z in the current climate doesn’t, but I bet someone will still do it.

After-all this could just be the very best looking coupe on the road at the moment.

The Nissan 370Z is an old fashioned sports car with bags of brand new technologies. The body is offset by some stunning 19-inch alloys surrounded by the size of tyres you’d see on a jeep in downtown LA.

One thing you will get from the 370Z is exclusivity – you won’t see too many on the road, mainly because the badge is not a Porche or a BMW.

It is a Nissan of course but that’s not a bad thing.

This is after-all the company’s signature badge and it has to be very special indeed. As you would expect with any purposebuilt sports car, styling and speed come long before comfort.

This is one fast machine – a 3.7 litre V6 monster which spurts into life at the mere tickle of the accelerator. Being a real-life sports car and not one of these poncey pretend jobs, the Nissan 370Z is as stiff and rigid as a car of this kind should be – some might call it authentic.

I have seen complaints about too much grip, and it is ever so rigid, but I wouldn’t call it a cause for complaint.

On-board you can get a 3D sat-nav system, iPod compatibility, and one of the coolest cockpits in the business.

While it is the ultimate indulgence buy in these difficult times, the Nissan 370Z is a car for all those rich romantics out there … if there are any left.

The price for the 370Z is ‘a mere’ €56,795. For those who care about such things, it is in Tax Band G, and that means it will cost you a staggering €2,100 in road tax.

So a big round of applause for John Gormless and his merry men.

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