Following a year after Nissan launched the 370Z Coupe, the 370Z Roadster comes out as a 2010 model. This soft top retains many of the features of the coupe, with a few additions and the fun of open-top motoring.
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Styling cues such as the boomerang headlights mark the roadster and coupe. The engine is also the same between both cars, a 3.7-liter V-6, making 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
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The handling is generally good, with just a little understeer that can be checked by the always ready engine power. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual with Nissan's SyncroRev Match feature or a seven-speed automatic.
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The soft top exhibits a stylish profile when it is up, the rear rake contributing to the look. It powers up and down, automatically locking into place, on hydraulic systems.
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The 370Z uses a driver-oriented cockpit. One thing we really like is that the instrument cluster is attached to the steering column, so adjusting the wheel up or down keeps the gauges visible to the driver.
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The SynchroRev Match feature is a neat little bit of technology, blipping the engine speed between shifts to keep changes smooth. It is easily turned off for people who don't want the help.
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Nissan offers its full suite of cabin electronics in the 370Z Roadster, which includes navigation with traffic and weather, iPod integration, streaming stereo Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.