Nissan 370Z Roadster Review
Road-star

Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
9 May 2010
 

With the 370Z Roadster, you can enjoy open motoring without the loss of the coupe's fun factor

Z marks the sport

When it comes to open top sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 immediately comes to mind at the more affordable end of the market while at the upper end, models like the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4 reign supreme. Then there's the Roadster version of the Nissan Z. it sits below the base Boxster and Z4 models in terms of price and image but offers more performance.

Nissan always had a topless version of its z coupe since the Z31 300ZX model in the 1990s. The 300ZX Convertible was superseded by the Z33 350Z Roadster in 2005. A year after the latest Z34 sixth generation Z car made its debut, the topless 370Z Roadster is launched.

The chop top 370Z looks even better than the slightly dumpy looking coupe model. Top down, the fabric roof stows completely underneath a metal cover in front of the boot lid. The roof is operated by just a press of a button on the centre console but disappointingly, the motors and hydraulics are rather noisy when they're doing their jobs or retracting or closing the roof. Unlike topless Audis or the Porsche Boxster, the 370Z Roadster's roof can't be operated on the move, which can be quite an inconvenience in our fickle climate these days.

Top up or down, the Roadster looks well proportioned and purposeful. The Z's long bonnet design is further accentuated on this Roadster model due to the short rear deck, which in turn gives it a Speedster look.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 3696cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Bore x Stroke (95.5 x 86)mm
Power 333bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque 363Nm @ 5200rpm
Power to Weight 212.8 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FR

Measurements

Body Type Cabriolet
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4250 x 1845 x 1325) mm
Wheelbase 2550 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1565 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 72 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs