One week sailing Croatia.

As many people who travel know, a one-week trip can be filled with adventure and emotions.  But what I didn’t know is that it can also give you a chance to learn and gain experience, laugh out loud all day and see the another side of each person who made up our group of five.

Our travel adventure was based on the idea that sailing around the Croatian island would be the best way to emerge into the Croatian lifestyle, and it did not disappoint.

The only way to explore the islands of Croatia is by boat.  The islands have remained steeped in history and rich in Croatian culture.  Settling sail the first day we embarked into an unknown world and a wonder filled adventure.

Day 1: Andorra / Dubrovnik / Split


Our trip started in Andorra (a small country between Spain and France) we all met up and drove down to the airport in Barcelona. Our flight left early in the morning and landed in Dubrovnik.



Dubrovnik: Although we did not have much time to visit, Dubrovnik is a spectacular little town surrounded by a fortress right on the seaside. All the little houses and buildings are basically made a like, that’s what makes this town so amazing.

We spent some time near the port, where we encountered a really nice food market. They were cooking entire pigs on a stick (amazing).

After a short time in Dubrovnik we took a 3-hour bus ride to Split. The bus ride was really nice, it went alongside the coastline and at one point we crossed through Bosnia.

We arrived in Split in the afternoon, where we had a 30 min. drive to the port of Kastela (where the boat was waiting for us). After a few moments in ‘’ panic mode’’, since we could not find the charter company and were starting to think we would not get a boat, we finally got everything in order and were united with our lovely boat: RAVA. It was bigger than expected and looked just right for our trip. With three cabins, a bathroom, an open kitchen and lots of on deck space. We were ready to roll. 

After a long day traveling we decided to spend the first night in the port and set sail the next day.


Day 2: Split / Blue Lagoon / Paklinski Island                 


Since the hole crew was exited to set sail, we woke up early to get a fresh start on our second day. We prepared everything, and were up and running in no time.

As we left the port, we could see the sunrise just appearing behind the port. That sunrise immediately set us in a relaxed mood and our vacation mode was ON.

Sunrise Over Split

Sunrise Over Split

We set sail to Blue Lagoon. Blue Lagoon is nestled between the two islands off Krknjasi. Krknjasi, is the perfect place for snorkeling or swimming because of its amazing crystal clear waters. We spent most of the day there, as we explored the area and just chilled for the rest of the day.

We set sail again, direction the Paklinski Island, that’s when the real sailing experience started. It took a couple of hours to get to Paklinski, but seemingly our crew was already in expert mode. Everybody pitched in and were attentive to the captain’s instructions.

The peacefulness felt as we sailed the ocean was mesmerizing. I could see the whole crew was getting used to this sailing life.

The Paklinski Island is an Island in a zigzag form and so it was perfect for us to try our freshly learned anchoring technics. As we entered the creek we saw quite a few boats parked for the night and that was exactly what we were looking for, that kind of raw sailing experience. Although it was everybody’s first time anchoring a boat, I must say we did a pretty good job at it. And so there it was… our boat was anchored and prepared for our first night in the open waters.

We all prepared the outdoor table and got ready for super. With a home cooked meal and quite a lot of wine, we where all set. We spent hours talking, laughing and enjoying the peace and calm that we could feel. There was no city lights, no car noises, no loud talking, just the sound of the waves and the wind blowing through the trees.


Day 3: Paklinski Islands / Vis / Stiniva beach


We sailed off into day 3 at about 7am in the direction to the island of Vis.

The Island of Vis is the farthest inhabited island on the Croatian mainland; it ‘s not a very big island and has two main towns: Vis and Komiza.

When we got to the island we quickly filled up the gas tank and then decided to walk around the town. It was quite a fun moment as we walked on ancient cobbled roads and took pictures of almost everything as the entire island was still beautifully preserved. We found a surprising amount of cats hidden inside the town. We stopped for a much-needed beer and relaxed as we talked about the first moments of the trip.

After our visit to the town and our much-needed pint of beer we made our way back to the boat and set sail for Staniva Beach. We had read that it was one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and boy it did not disappoint.

As soon as we anchored the boat we went on to explore this little piece of wonder. The beach is situated between two cliff walls and is about the size of a pool. The most amazing thing was sitting on the beach and staring into the emerald green water that opened up into the sea. It was like a magician had sprinkled fairy dust all over the beach and transformed it into this magical wonder.

We then headed back to the boat and enjoyed another great meal. We talked about our deepest thoughts, told a few funny stories, drank more wine but mostly enjoyed the great music coming from the next-door boat it was a great evening.

It was a really great place to spend the night, the boat was hidden from the wind and water currents, so we had a good night sleep.

Day 4: Stiniva beach / Blue cave / Komizca

On day 4, we could already feel the fatigue come knocking on our door, but even fatigue couldn’t dampen our spirits we were motivated to continue our journey and we prepared to sail into day 4 in the direction the Blue Cave. The blue cave is one of the most visited destinations is Croatia, it is located on the Island of Bisevo right next to Vis, and its total population is about 12 people (I’m not kidding).

We anchored at a beach near the cave where someone came and picked us up in a little motorboat to take us to the cave. The entry fee was about 70 kunas’’ which is about 6 euros.  The boat ride wasn’t very long and the guide was very friendly. We entered the cave through a small man made opening and suddenly appeared on the other side where we could see this very bright blue water and as you put your hand in the water it glowed a bright bluish color. I have to admit it would of been fun to be able to swim in the cave, but due to mass tourism and the caves fragile eco system you can only enter with a guide and cannot swim in the waters of the cave.  But it is still worth it.

We took a group decision and decided to stay in the port of Komizca for the night. Unfortunately the port was full and we had to anchor right next to the port, this turned out to be rather fun. As a treat for surviving 4 days on a yacht as novice sailors we decided to eat in the town of Komizca. After a much needed on land shower, we were lucky to catch what I would consider the most beautiful sunset of the whole trip. The sun was this bright orange and the moon was a opaque white; it was amazing.

We had supper in a lovely seaside restaurant, where they served all kinds of Croatian seafood, it was splendid.

After supper and a drink, the whole crew ended up at this seaside music festival. The beach was covered with all these lights, which formed different shapes on the floor and walls. The music playing was a relaxed indie kind of music. We had a great time dancing around, and the people there where really nice.

Coming back to the boat we lost our annex boat and practically spent the whole night and early hours of the morning looking for it. At sunrise the next morning our tired crew made their way onto the deck for breakfast where on of the crew spotted something floating in the water in the distance, turns out it was our annex boat, which we had not tired up securely at the port the night before. We couldn’t stop laughing as some of the crew had to return the other boat, which we took because we assumed someone had taken our boat. I have to say it was really funny to watch, the scramble to get the (stolen) boat back to shore before anyone noticed it was missing. The crew were great in this little moment of crisis.

Day 5 : Komizca / Scredo island


Although day 5 started with all of us being pretty tired it was still a fun day.

We got some breakfast, filled our boat with much needed supplies and got in motion. We where headed in the direction of Scredo Island. Even if I slept most of the way, the few moments I was awake and on deck I was lucky to see what must have been the calmest sea ever. The water looked like a silky bright blue, not a cloud was in sight and not the slightest breeze. It was picture perfect.

After stopping at a small port around the island, we anchored in a small creek. After a nice supper we were all completely out of it and headed to bed early.

Day 6 : Scedro island / Hvar


Day 6 started strong, we woke early enough and prepared everything to visit the island of Hvar. The island is famous for its important strategic and nautical position and has a rich history marked by its culture and natural monuments.

The village of Hvar is not very big, but it has a lot of monuments such as churches and other historical architecture.

It was quite nice to walk through the ancient stone roads as we passed by these different stores selling mostly local made products. The village was bustling, not only from tourist visiting but also the locals. We visited the fortress at the very top of the village, where you can see the entire village and have an amazing view of the Paklinski Island and a few other islands.  The sea was calm with the sun shimmering on the water, it was breathtaking.  We stayed there all morning and into the afternoon and left the island quite late.

After a long day sight seeing we did not travel very far before we anchored the boat since it was getting late. We anchored in a quiet little creek and visited the beach which was really nice and peaceful.


Day 7 : Hvar / Bol / Split


As we woke up to start day 7 we all had a bittersweet felling in our stomach. We knew it was our last day on the boat, but we also new how lucky we were to have lived this experience.

We decided to spend our last day on the Island of Bol where the Golden Horn is located. The golden horn is a beach that extends into the ocean like a horn on the Island. This was the first sand beach we encountered the entire of the trip, since all the other beaches were just big rocks next to the sore.  We visited part of the Island, and it looked like a great place to spend on another trip to the Islands.

We spent most of the day on the beach, until it was time to return to the port were it all started.

The sail back to the port was great. We had the music on, we were all giving our thoughts on the trip, and there again was bright orange sun set and just when we thought we had seen everything two dolphins appeared out of nowhere. It was honestly the best way to end this sailing trip.


Day 8: Kastela / Split center


We had an early wake up on day 8, since we had to do the check out of the boat.

After getting everything ready, there we stood, in front of what had been our home for 7 days, our little piece of paradise. We said goodbye to RAVA and left the port.

After a 30 min taxi drive to the center of Split, we left our luggage and went to visit the little town of split.  Split is quite commercial, but architecture wise it is the same as Vis and Hvar.  It had lots of little shops everywhere but the best part of the town was the ancient ruins in the center of the town.  Although half destroyed, what was left of the ruins was kept as a main feature of the town and that made the town rather special for us.

We had a nice dinner in the town, after that we went for drinks in another part of town which came to life at night. The bars were filled with young people ready to party. Although we are quite the party type, we ended up going strait to bed because we had an early flight to catch the next day. That was our wonderful last night in Croatia.


Day 9: Split / Milan (Amsterdam) / Barcelona / Andorra


Day 9: Our last day.


It was with a heavy heart that we got ready to go to the bus station. We all got up and packed our stuff and headed to the bus, after a 30-minute ride, we arrived at the airport in Split. I must say, I have been to my fair share of airports, but nothing was quite like this airport. As soon as the bus dropped us off, we had to do our boarding and baggage check, at the outside of the airport (it was quite strange), after waiting in a long line, we finally got to the front desk.

To cut a long story short.  We had an overbooking problem on our flight and one of us had to fly via Amsterdam and arrived a few hours later that us. Even if we had that little hiccup, the flight back was quite fun, we were sending pictures to our friend so he could follow the trip with us.

All in all, it was an intense trip. We learnt a lot sailing skills and what it was like to travel a country by sea.  What I will keep from this journey is that Croatia is a wonderful place to visit, with its spectacular views and historical landmarks, with its breathtaking sea points and its beautiful architecture.

Also, I was very happy with the travel team (my friends), and still to this date remember the awesome moments spent with that bunch of weirdo’s.

So if you want my advice, sailing through Croatia should be a must on everyone’s bucket list

A weekend in the Basque Country - Spain

Basque Country is well-known as the home of foodie paradise, but it’s also the perfect spot for an adventure-filled weekend. For a unique weekend full of culture, food and waves, it’s a perfect place to spend 48H or longer.

Unique place in Spain

The Basque Country proudly calls itself different from the rest of Spain, and once there, you can easily notice why. From the beginning, its own language called Euskera and endless gastronomic delights, from a dramatic scenery to a modern architectural landmarks; you will surely be impressed by the hidden gems the Pais Vasco has to offer.

Day 1: Roadtrip from Andorra to Getaria

Our road trip started on Friday evening after long day of work. We took the car and drove non-stop to Getaria. It’s a small town on the Basque Country coast. In order to get there, we left Andorra to reach the plains of Lleida, wich where located at the foothills of the Pyrenean mountains.The road continues near Huesca and then you start to enter the Basque country. The entrance in to the Basque Country is noticeable because all the road panels are written in Euskera and Spanish.

We arrived to Getaria as expected, around dinner time. We decided to unpack our baggages quickly in the Airbnb apartment and search for a place to eat.

Getaria  Photo:



After the dinner, we decided to go strait to sleep since wanted to wake up early in the morning to visit an incredible forest close to Vitoria-Gasteiz

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Day 2: Hayedo de Otzarreta | Vitoria-Gasteiz | Zumaia

The next day, we woke up early to have breakfast and drove to Hayedo de Otzarreta. The trip to get there was an hour long filled with nice roads, great views and small Basque towns. The final stretch is by a road that goes through the forests and green pleasant meadows. You need a GPS to arrive to the area without any problem.

Hayedo de Otzarreta

Hayedo de Otzarreta


Breakfast in “La Cafeteria”

After that, we decided to improvise a little bit our plans as we finished earlier than expected. We saw that Vitoria-Gasteiz was very close to this place, so we decided to have breakfast in the city.

After a delicious breakfast in “La Cafeteria” (I recommend it for their nice cakes), we went to the centre of the city to visit the old town. At this period of the year, in winter they usually put some winter activities in a big place near the 2 principal churches. We saw people going ice-skating, ice slides and other activities. You can find them at the same place where the big letters of Vitoria-Gasteiz are (see more in our video at the end of this blog).



It was time to go back to our apartment in Getaria, but not without stopping in Zumaia first, wich is a must in the Basque Country for its cliffs and flysch: a unique stone formation on the coast, as you can see on pictures. We had some free time before the sunset, so we decided to eat something in Seizortzi Bar.

Seizortzi Bar

Seizortzi Bar

The weather wasn’t good but it wasn’t raining, so we were able to take some great pictures and film a little bit.

Finally, we arrived in Getaria, and we searched for a “pintxo-pote” bar/restaurant. To our surprise, we found an area full of them and with a nice ambient. For such a small town, you could find a lot of people in the small street, eating outdoors or standing up. We enjoyed the good food from the Basque Country.

Day 3: Getaria | San Sebastián | Andorra

The last day, we drove from Getaria to San Sebastián before coming back to Andorra.

This is a last picture of Getaria.



We drove directly to San Sebastian and to our surprise the sun came back and it offered us a good moment of warmth just arriving to the city. We enjoyed walking in the old town of San Sebastian but after that, the rain started again. But it wasn’t an excuse for the Basque people to enjoy a Sunday outdoors as we could see people dancing folk music in a square and people enjoying the Ferris wheel and other carousels next to the maritime walk. “la Playa de la Concha” is such a beautiful place even when the weather is not at its best.

Finally, we had to take the car to come back to Andorra, but we knew we would come back again to the Basque Country because we didn’t have time to visit some of the other places and cities. The food was so amazing and the landscapes so wild that we are thinking of coming back again in a near future.

This is the video that recaps our road trip. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we loved the Basque Country. If you have the opportunity, don’t hesitate to visit the area. VERY RECOMMENDED!!!

Nissan 350Z

I was a owner of one Nissan 350Z some years ago, a red unit. Pretty rare in europe, the color isn't very common I can say after visit some Z meetings around Spain or France. Firstly, I want to advise that I can't be objective in this review as this car was and is my favourite daily car.

Nissan 350Z 2005

Nissan 350Z 2005

The Nissan 350Z recaptures elements of the original Datsun 240Z. It's fast, it's fun, it's pure sports car. And, like the original Z, it's affordable, or at least attainable. 

In 2005 Nissan commemorates 35 years of Z production with a special anniversary edition coupe, and there's much more to the model than just the unique badge. A significant dose of performance has also been added, including a bump in engine output to 300 horsepower, big Brembo brakes, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and improved aerodynamics. There's also a new, very special high-chrome pearl Ultra Yellow pigment on the colour chart. 

The coupe, introduced as an all-new model for 2003, and the convertible, which debuted last year, get important upgrades, new features and revised transmissions. All 350Zs share the same sports suspension and Nissan's superb V6 engine, which punches out 287 horsepower and strong torque. Both models come standard with racy hardware: a six-speed manual gearbox, carbon-fiber driveshaft, drive-by-wire throttle, anti-lock discs vented front and rear with electronic brake-force distribution. Add the convenience features that come standard, such as automatic temperature control and a premium stereo, and the price of the Nissan 350Z is compelling. 

Nissan 350Z left side car

Nissan 350Z left side car

Coupe or roadster, the 350Z delivers racecar handling, rear-wheel drive, and thrilling acceleration performance. The suspension keeps the tires glued to the road through fast chicanes. Bounce over the curbs on a road racing circuit and the Z will hold its line. Styling details like the controversial industrial-design door handles ensure this car will never be called bland. 

Nissan says the 350Z was designed to be a sports car an enthusiast can live with every day. While its firm ride, abrupt throttle response, and awkward cup holders don't make it a great place to drink coffee, eat doughnuts, and make phone calls on the way to work, it is a comfortable car with usable cargo space, and getting in and out isn't impossibly awkward. Order a version with the excellent five-speed automatic, and you'll have a better commuter for the daily stop-and-go. But,..., we all know what we are searching with this kind of car.

Bottom line: The Nissan 350Z is no poser. It's a real sports car with serious GT performance. 

The 350Z looks aggressive with its bulging front fenders and fast back. The shape of the Z suggests a mid-engine design. The engine is in fact in front of the driver, but it's behind the front axle. That's why Nissan calls it a front mid-ship placement (somewhat similar to the Mazda RX-8 design). 

The Z shares its under-body architecture with the Infiniti G35 coupe and sedan. Moving the engine rearward evens out weight distribution, which improves handling balance. The Z Roadster adds more than 80 kg to the hatchback's 1630 kg, but the weight front/rear weight split remains at 53/47 percent. It's balanced well for accelerating out of corners. 

An extremely short front overhang and a short rear overhang make for agile handling. It also means you don't scrape driveway transitions like you do in a Corvette. Bulging fender flares make the Z look like it's ready for the racetrack, which it is. 

The hatchback's shape helps the Z slice through the air with a minimum of drag (0.29 on the Track model). The Roadster's more traditional coupe outline isn't quite as slippery, attaining a drag coefficient of 0.34. (But what do you care when you've got the wind in your hair?) Underbody airflow is managed well, with zero lift on the front (and zero lift on the rear of the Track model). All this math adds up to relatively low levels of wind noise, even in the Roadster with the top up, and a stable sports car at high speeds. 

Nissan 350Z Roadster

Nissan 350Z Roadster

With the top down, conversation in the Roadster required only slightly raised voice levels; the stereo did, however, have to be cranked up a bit. 

Inside the 350Z is a cockpit designed for driving, helping the driver quickly become one with the car. The carbon-fiber colored cloth seats are form-fitting, supportive and comfortable, made of a soft material that grips the body in the corners. The driver's seat bottom features a mound in the center at the front to restrain the driver from sliding forward under deceleration. Aggressive side bolsters grip the waist to hold the driver in place. The leather seats in the Touring model feel a little firmer than the cloth, and are available in charcoal, burnt orange or frost. Either cloth or leather are good choices in this car. The supportive seats and a driver's dead pedal mean you never feel like you have to hang on. 

Nissan 350Z 2005 interior

Nissan 350Z 2005 interior

The seating position should be good for drivers with long legs, though the steering wheel felt a little close when the seat was adjusted for the legs of a six-footer. It's worth noting, however, that this feeling went away the moment the key was turned in the ignition. The Roadster boasts an inch more headroom than the hatchback, thanks to the articulation of the top's various mechanicals. 

Tilt the steering column and the main pod of gauges moves with it, ensuring a clear view of the instruments for drivers of all sizes. The instruments consist of a big tachometer and flanking speedometer, fuel and temperature gauges. Reminiscent of the original Z, nestled in three pods on top of the dash are a voltmeter, an oil pressure gauge and a digital trip computer. They look retro-cool, but reading them requires more than a glance. 

Two toggles to the right of the steering wheel operate the trip computer, used to check outside air temperature, distance to empty, speed, average mileage, and average speed. It has a stopwatch function (to check out those 0-60 times), and a tire-pressure monitor for 18-inch wheels. With the Trip Computer, the driver can program a shift light to come on at a certain rpm. The small red indicator on the tachometer begins flashing about 500 rpm before the preset engine speed is reached, whereupon it comes on solid. You can program it for the ideal shift points for acceleration or fuel economy, then let your peripheral vision pick up the indicator. We've seen race cars with this feature (though the red shift light is sometimes as big as a golf ball). If you don't like this feature you can turn it off. 

Nissan 350Z gauges

Nissan 350Z gauges

The interior of the Z seems to suggest a carbon-fiber race car tub. The material surrounding the shifter and forming the centre dash looks like carbon fiber. Likewise, the large expanse of grey material lining the door panels suggests carbon fiber in appearance. The quality of the materials is okay, though some of the pieces would never be allowed in an Audi. It looked austere at first, but grew on us. Stylish interior touches, such as the inside door handles integrated into aerodynamic pods for the side vents, give the Z a racy, modern look; with the AC at work on hot days, the handles chill to fit their frosty look. Passengers often grope for the door release the first time they try to get out, distracted by the big grab handles adorned with genuine aluminium and relieved by the Z's dot motif. 

Stylish audio controls include a big volume knob, clearly marked buttons for channel seeking, and six station buttons that can be preset simply by holding them down. Below the radio are three large knobs for the automatic climate control system, which comes standard. 

Nicely designed wiper and headlamp controls are mounted on short stalks. The leather-wrapped steering wheel looks and feels great, and comes with cruise controls. Overhead are well-designed map lights and a bin for sunglasses. Power window switches are auto-up/auto-down. Two power points are available, one in the center console, the other in the bulkhead between and behind the seats (but neither is conveniently located for radar detectors). 

The Z is not the best place to drink things.

Turning the key and hearing the engine roar to life is the first indication the Nissan 350Z is no poser. Turning onto a winding road proves this beyond a shadow of doubt. Sharp steering, terrific handling, and excellent grip make it a real driver's car. This car is very fast with brilliant acceleration. The Roadster's additional weight, a result of the platform strengthening to increase rigidity, no doubt adds a tick or two to the 0-60 measurement but isn't noticed in everyday driving. 

Nissan 350Z motor 3.5 V6

Nissan 350Z motor 3.5 V6

Mounted longitudinally and driving the rear wheels is Nissan's excellent VQ V6 engine. It's smooth and sounds like a big sports car engine. It generates lots of torque at low rpm, pulling smoothly from about 2000 rpm. Maximum torque of 274 pound-feet comes at 4800 rpm, tapering off as 287 horsepower is reached at 6200 rpm. The engine is still pulling smoothly as the rev limiter steps in somewhere just north of 6500 rpm, but this engine is more about low-rpm torque than high-revving horsepower. Nissan's Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System helps the V6 produce a nice, linear band of torque. Drive-by-wire technology reduces mechanical weight and complexity. 

The short-throw shifter feels good and it's effective. The six-speed gearbox shifts quickly and deliberately. It feels perfectly synchronised, making shifting easy and enjoyable. Clutch pedal effort has enough heft to remind the driver that this is a serious sports car. With the Roadster's top down, the exhaust tone is music to the driver's ears, rising and falling melodiously and crisply as the gears are worked through the turns on a twisty road. 

Nissan 350Z interior

Nissan 350Z interior

The automatic transmission works great, really smooth and responsive, and it didn't leave us feeling like we were missing out by not having the manual. With manual mode selected, the automatic holds lower gears right up to the rev limiter, upshifting only when the driver desires. Downshifts are electronically managed to ensure an overly rambunctious pilot doesn't over-rev the sweet V6. The delicious exhaust tone is wasted on Roadsters fitted with the automatic, though, when it wanders almost aimlessly up and down the scale as the engine slips seamlessly amongst the gears. 

Handling feels taut and well controlled in both hatchback and Roadster. These cars really stick through fast sweepers, allowing the driver to keep the throttle down. The steering is sharp and accurate and the Z changes directions brilliantly in transient manoeuvres, without excessive understeer turning in or sloppy oversteer coming out. Cornering is flat, without much body lean.  The ride gets jouncy on bumpy roads, most noticeably when cruising slowly, but it doesn't beat you up and we expect a firm ride with a sports car like this. 

Nissan 350Z 18' Rays forged rims

Nissan 350Z 18' Rays forged rims

Buffeting at highway speeds with the top down was much less than we expected, thanks to the tempered glass deflector mounted between the rollbars behind the seats and to racy body panels tapering back from each of the seat positions. Anti-flap seatbelt retainers further reduce the perceived buffeting effect. Rear side vision loses little to the convertible top, as the hatchback's quarter panel already blocks a sizable area of blind spot. 

The brakes are easy to modulate, fun to use, and do a good job of stopping the car. Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist come standard on all 350Zs. Just like it sounds, electronic brake-force distribution improves stopping performance by dynamically balancing front and rear braking forces. Brake Assist is a mechanical system that appli. 

The Nissan 350Z stands alone in its price class. This is the car for drivers who want serious sports car performance in a GT body without shelling out the big bucks. And Nissan has added a truly sporty variant to the mix with the 35th Anniversary Z. 

Its rear-wheel-drive chassis is rigid and its suspension is taut for excellent handling. The V6 engine delivers lots of torque for strong acceleration performance. Whether you opt for the six-speed manual gearbox or the five-speed automatic, there are no dogs in the lineup. The interior is the weakest link here, but it grows on you with a little time spent living with it. 

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