Nissan 370Z Roadster reviewed

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Steve Huntingford
2 Aug 2011 15:41 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

What is it? With its muscular V6 engine and old-school rear-wheel drive handling, the 370Z Roadster has always had a brutish appeal.

Unfortunately, a punishing ride and awful refinement have also been part of the package faults this updated version is meant to fix.

Essentially, the 370Z Roadster has been given the same changes as the limited-run GT Edition, which was recently introduced, but is available as a coupe only.

Nissan has retuned the suspension in an effort to improve both comfort and handling, and theres now extra underbody sound insulation.

What's it like to drive? The suspension changes arent as successful on the roadster as they are on the coupe because the open car suffers from too much body flex.

True, the ride isnt quite as punishing as it was before, but larger bumps still send shudders through the cabin.

Its a shame because the 370Z Roadster can be a lot of fun on smooth roads: theres plenty of grip and the meaty steering provides good feedback.

Performance is strong, too, whether you rev the engine hard or rely on its considerable torque. However, the soundtrack is disappointing because the engine becomes horribly thrashy at higher revs.

Despite the extra underbody insulation theres still a ton of road noise at motorway speeds, and the fabric roof lets in too much wind noise.

What's it like inside? A new reversing camera (part of the 3300 GT Pack) is a useful addition because rear vision is poor with the roof up.

Unfortunately, the steering wheel still doesnt adjust for reach, so it can be difficult to find a comfortable driving position.

Head- and legroom are more impressive, and the cabin feels solidly made. However, the materials arent as plush as those in a BMW Z4, and the 370Zs boot is small.

The fabric roof is fully electric, but it only works when the car is stationary and takes a lengthy 20 seconds to fold away.

Should I buy one? Nissan has made small improvements to the 370Z Roadster, but it remains a deeply flawed car thats hard to recommend.

Similarly priced rivals such as the Audi TT Roadster, BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxster are all better to drive and much easier to live with.

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