Nissan launched the 370Z Coupe, the successor to the 350Z, late last year. The Roadster version of the 370Z has just come out, offering the same impressive handling as its hard top sibling.

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Similar to the Coupe, the Roadster uses the boomerang headlight design first seen on the Nissn GT-R.

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The power train consists of a direct injection 3.7-liter V-6 putting out 332 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission.

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Nissan tried to keep the profile of the convertible top similar to the Coupe's hard top, putting an extra-long slant at the back, as opposed to a quick drop.

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According to Nissan, the 370Z Roadster is 60 percent more rigid than the outgoing 350Z Roadster. This extra rigidity is an attempt to make it offer the same handling as the 370Z Coupe.

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We have no complaints about the handling. With its short wheelbase and tight suspension, the 370Z Roadster is very controllable, and stays flat in the corners.

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The trunk isn't spacious, but bigger than you would expect for a small car.

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Nissan offers ventilated seats, with heating and cooling functions, in the Roadster, to help combat the extra weather exposure when the top is down.

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Cabin materials are very nice, while switches and buttons show good fit and finish.

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Turning is very precise on the 370Z Roadster, matching the Coupe version.

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The instrument cluster is arranged appropriately for a sports car, with the tachometer front and center.

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The six-speed manual transmission includes a feature called SynchroRev Match, which blips the throttle during shifts to help match the engine speed to the gear.

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These three gauges at the top of the dash may not be very useful, ultimately, but they do look cool.

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Without the navigation option, music choices are limited to broadcast and satellite radio, CD, or an auxiliary input.

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