When my friend and Grammy-nominated Gospel artist Travis Greene invited me down to Columbia, South Carolina for the opening of his ministry, Forward City Church, I decided to make a road trip out of it.
Now, I’m often game for a good road trip between Washington, DC and New York City or sometimes south to Norfolk, Virginia. Both those jaunts are four-hour and three-hour drives, respectively. The voyage to Columbia, SC was going to be seven and a half hours, likely the longest road trip I’ve ever taken alone.
Paging Nissan! I phoned my friends at the Japan-owned automotive manufacturer about getting a cool whip for my renegade road trip and they set me up in the 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo—an attractive power-packed sports car ideal for a solo excursion down the picturesque drive through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
I started my journey on a Friday afternoon in this manual version of the Nissan Z and when not battling the occasional congestion and traffic on the initial start down 95 South, I was able to open the Z up for a strong, sturdy ride in a vehicle that has excellent handling.
The car has a serious sports car hum and that paired with road noise didn’t allow me to use the car’s bluetooth hands-free capability for my drive. But always a safe one, I had my earphones that allow for hands-free driving as well and it canceled out the additional noise. And when I played my music, it sounded great in the Bose audio system with Active Noise Control and Active Sound Enhancer technology borrowed from the Nissan GT-R.
The car also offers minimal cargo space, but you’re not getting the Nissan Z to haul wood in the winter. This is a show-mobile, one for fun and sexy outings. In my case, the car had more than enough space for a one man road trip with just a weekend bag and a bunch of snacks.
Leaving on a full tank of gas, I was 309 miles into Greensboro, NC where I stopped for food and to use the restroom before needing to gas again. (I still had about 70 miles left before reaching empty.)
I spent the first night in Charlotte, NC (after about seven hours and 45 minutes of travel) and maneuvering through the cramped parking garage attached to the hotel with ease in this smaller sports car.
Jumping to my return home, I took a different route (because I ditched the layover in Charlotte) and even with a quit pit stop at South of the Border between North and South Carolina, I got home in six and half hours.
Spin Control: Even being six-foot tall, I found my drive to be comfortable during my long road trip in the Nissan Z Nismo. The car is good on gas and fairly affordable for its offering at about $45,000.
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WATCH: Check out the inside look into the 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo below. If you have questions about the car, go to Instagram.com/JawnMurray and posts comments under the vehicle.
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