Before you've even reached for the door handle, the V36 is already off to a good start. Designed by the same bloke who penned the R35 GT-R's finely-sculpted lines, the 370GT's smooth organic form is a pleasure to behold in the flesh.
Hold down the starter button (again, no need to mess about with keys), hear the Skyline's 3.7-litre VQ37VHR V6 come to life and settle into a muted hum, put the selector in D and pull away.
At suburban speeds the 370GT is a delight. There's an abundance of torque from the mid-sized V6 (366Nm, to be precise) and the big coupe gets up to speed with little fuss.
Flatten the accelerator and the engine responds straight away thanks to Nissan's tricky VVEL variable valve-train tech, and pulls hard right up into the upper reaches of the tachometer. Speed piles on quickly and the engine noise is almost musical a good incentive to do it again, no?
The five-speed automatic gearbox is smooth, and the Adaptive Shift Control does a good job at predicting driver behavior and selecting cogs to suit. Drive hard, it'll shift hard. Gently tap the accelerator and shifts will be smooth, slurred and occur much further down the rev range.
If you want to turn up the wick a little you can put the gear selector one notch back into DS mode, or if you want full control over the gearbox you can tip the lever sideways and change manually.
Simply put, the 370GT is a cracking drive, an outstanding cruiser and fantastic value.