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The 2013 Nissan 370Z is freshened, but still retains the Z-car traits that make it instantly recognizable.
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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.
Automobile Magazine

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.
Motor Trend

Every body panel is fresh, and the styling, penned in San Diego, is largely successful, although it ignited some vivid office discussions.
Car and Driver

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.

On the market since 2009, the Nissan 370Z is just about at the middle of its life cycle, and accordingly, Nissan has given it a mild aesthetic update, with a redesigned front end, a few tweaks at the rear, and the addition of LED daytime running lights.

The combined effect is subtle, but significant, updating the car's look with a hint of more modern, high-tech design, while keeping the bulk of the car's successful, sporty theme.

Three models of 370Z are available, the Coupe, the Roadster, and the NISMO. The Roadster looks much like the Coupe below the window line, but above it, a power-retracting soft top cuts a slightly different profile when raised, and opens the car up, accentuating the muscular flanks when tucked neatly beneath its hard tonneau cover.

The NISMO is a racier, more obviously track-bound version of the 370Z, with larger wheels and tires, upgraded brakes, and unique aerodynamic effects that all give visual clues to its nature. While some will find the NISMO a bit over-the-top for daily use, as a weekend canyon-carver or track-day toy, its hotter, slightly boy-racer styling may be the perfect touch.

Inside, the 370Z's style is far more sophisticated than the spartan, minimalist 350Z, though familiar three-dot Z-car themes live on. While nothing in the cabin is ultra-modern or controversial in design, it also won't be mistaken for a retro throwback trying to leverage its past with cheesy, antiquated shapes or styles.


The 2013 Nissan 370Z is freshened, but still retains the Z-car traits that make it instantly recognizable.

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