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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Few photos do the new Z justice. But, from a standing perspective, the roof seems thinner, the upper sculpted contours more evident and interesting. Viewed in the metal, the new shorter, lower, wider proportions look just right.
With a cantilevered roof, "barbed" head- and taillamps, and a 240Z-like upswept beltline, the 370Z wears a tighter, more retro shape than the 350Z.
Every body panel is fresh, and the styling, penned in San Diego, is largely successful, although it ignited some vivid office discussions.
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Draw up the criteria for an ideal sports car and you'll find that the 2011 Nissan 370Z covers nearly all the bases: two seats, lightweight coupe body, more than 300 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, big wheels and tires, and curves for days.
The snarling front end is easy to point to as the reason the car looks "cool," but the bulging fenders give the 370Z a sexy curve that's relatively absent on most modern cars, even ones designed to look sporty.
The 370Z coupe has been on the road for two years now, while the Roadster joined the lineup in 2010. Most of the styling is common between the two, and both are shorter and more curvaceous than the previous 350Z. A few cues borrowed from Nissan's GT-R supercar make it clear it's a serious sports car, including the angle of the roof-to-windshield junction. The arrow-shaped lights at each end share a style with the more conventional cars in Nissan's lineup.
The curvaceous exterior was originally penned with a roadster model in mind, so the addition of the new convertible model is much more than the afterthought it was with the 350Z, and it certainly shows in the design. The performance-oriented Nissan 370Z NISMO edition also gets special styling attention. The overall proportions are short, wide, and low--in short, sporty. For the Roadster, the cloth top gets a two-hump hard cover when it's lowered. Inside, the 370Z's materials are a big step up from the 350Z, and generally on par with other cars of its class, while the design layout retains some of the Z's classic cues, presented in a modern metal-and-plastic theme.
The NISMO edition, added last year, gets both performance and visual enhancements, with unique wheels, front, side, and rear appearance/aerodynamic work, a unique interior, and NISMO badging. Not everyone loves the NISMO's styling, but it fits the car's performance-minded tuning..
The interior of the 2011 Nissan 370Z wears an appearance those after a more refined, sporting car will appreciate. The coupe retains much of the interior, but the convertible and NISMO are upgraded beyond the coupe.
The 2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster and NISMO editions bring some diversity and additional styling flair to the very attractive 370Z lineup.