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Editors at TheCarConnection.com drove the 2010 Nissan 370Z/Roadster to bring you this hands-on road test of its styling, performance, comfort, safety, and features. TheCarConnection.com's experts also compared the new 370Z to other sports coupes and convertibles to bring you the best shopping advice and information possible. The companion 370Z review condenses viewpoints from other respected automotive sites to bring you a summary of opinions from around the Web.
High Gear Media accepted travel expenses to attend the first drive of the 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster.
- Tight styling
- Powerful, 332-horsepower V-6
- Rev-matching manual transmission
- Paddle-shifted automatic
- Solid performance/dollar ratio
- Plenty of tire noise
- Lots of drivetrain noise, too
- Improved interior can be a tight fit
- Not much storage space at all
The 2010 Nissan 370Z is a straightforward sports car: one wedgelike body style, two front seats, modest cargo areas, and a 3.7-liter V-6 that pumps out 332 horsepower. It's offered in two models, coupe and Roadster convertible, with a single engine, with manual and automatic transmissions, and in base or Touring trim levels. A special NISMO tuner edition has 350 hp and tighter tuning. The base price of about $30,000 for the six-speed manual Coupe rises to more than $42,000 for the 370Z Touring Convertible.
While the Coupe version was new last year, the 370Z Roadster is the big arrival for 2010. The two versions share much of their styling, which Nissan revamped last year. The current car is trimmed down, nearly four inches shorter than the last edition, with all the length taken from the back. The chopped-down shape looks more handsome than the slightly tubby 350Z of yore, more authentic and sports car-like. It shares some dramatic cues with the earthshaking Nissan GT-R, especially at the union of the roof and windshield, but the arrow-shaped tail lamps are a novel, inventive touch. In all, it's a stubby, purposeful look not unlike that of the new BMW Z4. Roadsters have a double-humped hard cover for the folded fabric top. As with the sheetmetal, the interior improved a lot for 2009, with gauges that move with the tilt steering wheel and a much nicer selection of materials-and a nifty trio of metallic rings on gauges, climate controls, and ancillary meters stacked atop the center console.