Review: Nissan 370Z Roadster (2010 – 2016)
Great feelgood roadster. Looks and sounds great. V6 engine delivers muscular performance.
Firm ride on 19-inch wheels. High CO2 means expensive tax. Far from economical.
Nissan 370Z Roadster (2010 – 2016): At A Glance
- Insurance Group 47
- On average it achieves 94% of the official MPG figure
The 370Z Roadster is every inch the sports car that the 370Z Coupe is. It's fantastic to drive, sharply styled and has an exhaust note to match anything else with a similar price tag. And that includes some pretty stiff competition, including the BMW Z4,
The only difference is that the swooping coupe roof is replaced with a well-insulated fabric roof. It looks good too. When it's raised, the roof mimics the look of the coupe and, at the press of a button, is lowered in just 20 seconds behind a panel behind the seats.
Like the 370Z Coupe, on which the Roadster is based, it's both shorter and wider than the old 350Z and has power from a larger 332bhp 3.7-litre V6 engine. Much of the original 350Z 'proper sports car' recipe stays the same, though, with rear-wheel drive, a large large capacity naturally-aspirated engine and a solid-feeling six-speed gearbox.
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Nissan 370Z Roadster (2010 – 2016): What's It Like Inside?
- Boot space is 140 litres
Nissan has stuck with a fabric roof for the 370Z Roadster, where similar cars, like the BMW Z4, have a metal folding roof. It's a high quality affair - thick, well insulated and snugly fitted. At the press of a button it lowers in 20 seconds and is stowed out of view behind the seats. The car does need to be stationary in order for it to operate, though.
The cabin is smart, well screwed together and fitted with all the luxuries you'd expect from this kind of car. Depending on the model, there's climate control, keyless entry and ignition, satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and leather seats. But it lacks the sense of occasion that you get with a Porsche Boxster or Z4.
The driving position is near-perfect with a comfortable and highly adjustable driver's seat. Another neat feature is that the main instruments are attached to the steering column and move with it when it's adjusted for height, although this seems to prevent it from adjusting for reach. All that stops the 370Z Roadster from having a perfect driving position is over-the-shoulder visibility, although this is improved when the roof is down.
On the move, there's plenty of noise, some of it is welcome, some of it isn't. When pushed hard, there's a lot of engine noise, which is great when you're driving enthusiastically, but on the motorway the engine noise, combined with road noise, can make it rather tiring. Other than that it's a comfortable interior, with seats that stand up well to longer journeys and a decent amount of head and legroom.
The 370Z may be a sports car, but there's a also a useful boot. It's not huge, but because boot space isn't taken up with a metal folding roof, there's 310 litres on offer - more than enough room for a couple of overnight bags.
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What's the Nissan 370Z Roadster (2010 – 2016) like to drive?
The 370Z Roadster has more than enough power to quicken the pulse. The 3.7-litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine produces 332bhp, enough to get the car from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds; top speed is 155mph. The 3.7-litre V6 engine not only sounds great, but is a pleasure to use.
At low revs, it lacks the kind of grunt that you'd find in a BMW Z4 sDrive35i, because the 370Z Roadster doesn't really get going until higher up the rev range: peak torque of 268 lb-ft isn't available 5,200 rpm. This means that the engine needs to revved very hard if you want to get the most out of it.
That's no bad thing, as under heavy acceleration the 370Z Roadster sounds fantastic - especially so with the roof down - with a hearty burble from the engine and a pleasing exhaust note. The six-speed gearbox is smooth and has a positive feel through every one of the gearchanges. Change down and the car automatically blips the throttle for smoother gearshifts.
You won't find the 370Z Roadster lacking when it comes to performance on the road. With sharp, well-weighted steering, it's a joy to throw into corners and it holds onto them with the same gusto as the 370Z Coupe. It holds its line well into corners and behaves exactly in the way you'd expect of a rear-wheel drive sports car.
Where the 370Z falls down over some rivals is its ride. It's very firm and not as forgiving as many of its rivals, including the BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster. It's especially noticeable when the car's being used for everyday commuter driving - most bumps on the road can be felt in the cabin.
|3.7 V6||25–26 mpg||5.5 s||262 g/km|
|3.7 V6 Automatic||26 mpg||5.8 s||254 g/km|
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