Saturday, September 12, 2009


2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

Starting price NISSAN 370Z  is $46,998, remarkable considering the 1993 300ZX droptop was $61,400, and the 350Z roadster $51,498 in its final model year.

2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster
PRICE: $46,998
ENGINE: 3.7 L V6
POWER/TORQUE: 332 hp/ 270 lb.-ft.
FUEL CONSUMPTION: City 11.6 L/100 km (24 m.p.g.), hwy. 7.7 L (37 m.p.g.)
COMPETITION: BMW Z4, BMW 1-series convertible, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche Boxster
WHAT'S BEST: Strong visuals, engine, value for dollar
WHAT'S WORST: Steering feel, transmission, rear visibility
WHAT'S INTERESTING: Z Roadster has plummeted in retail price over its 17-year lifespan
In losing its roof, the 370Z roadster gains quite a different character. The hindquarters aft of the doors present a more voluptuous appearance than the leaner-looking coupe. It's also shorter compared to the 350: 100 mm in wheelbase and 66 mm overall.
It is slightly lower and wider, which gives it a more planted look.
Weight and luggage space considerations dictated a multi-layer cloth design for the roof, which opens and closes by means of a centre-console mounting switch, or via a button on the door handle.
It takes about 20 seconds, and can even be done on the move (up to 5 km/h).
Unlike the 350Z, there's no manual windshield header latch – it is now automatic.