Nissan's new 370Z Roadster convertible revealedNew 370Z will soon be available without a roof

16 April 2009

The new Nissan 370Z Roadster

The new Nissan 370Z Roadster

Nissan’s new 370Z will soon be available without a roof – the 370Z Roadster convertible has been revealed at the New York International Auto Show.

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Like the 370Z Coupe it’s based on, the 370Z Roadster is shorter and squatter than the 350Z it replaces, with a much more aggressive look. It’s also more powerful, with the larger 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine producing 326bhp – 18 more than before.

New features for the new convertible include a one-touch electric fabric folding roof, which automatically latches and unlatches from the top of the windscreen, and a larger glass rear window. It’s also said to be more refined, with less wind buffeting when the roof’s down.

370Z Roadster equipment

There’s a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic with paddleshifters. The manual is available with ‘SyncroRev Match’, just like the Coupe, helping to match revs between gear changes for a smooth driving experience. No doubt the accompanying throttle blip sounds even more spine tingling in the drop top, too. SyncroRev Match is unique to the 370Z.

Standard equipment includes stability control, six airbags – including curtain airbags mounted in the doors, unusual for a convertible – tyre pressure monitor and active head restraints. Satellite navigation and Bluetooth are optional, while the higher Touring specification includes heated and cooled front seats.

Full UK specification and pricing is yet to be announced. The Nissan 370Z Roadster is set to go on sale later this year.


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