Within the realm of sports coupes, Nissan’s Z-car is arguably one of the most iconic brands – we review the 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

From the inaugural Datsun 240Z introduced in 1969, to the prolific and timeless 300ZX in the mid-90s, to the wildly successful 350Z released in 2004, the Z-car spans 40 years of rich history, going down in history as the best-selling sports car series of all time (and as a Nissan fan myself, frankly, I’d love to get my hands on an old Datsun or 300ZX). The latest rendition is the 370Z, the sixth-generation Z-car released for the 2009 year; essentially, an updated version of its 350Z counterpart.

370Z Power

Late last summer, Nissan introduced the 2010 370Z Roadster, a convertible version of the coupe starting at $48,498 Cdn MSRP. Powered by a 3.7-litre, 24-valve DOHC V6, this rocket puts down 332-hp at 7000-rpm and 270-lb ft of torque. A 7-speed automatic tranny is standard, so are the paddle shifters. Downshift rev-matching, a multilink suspension both front and rear, 4-wheel power disc brakes, and a vehicle dynamic control system are also all standard.

2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Review

Exterior Styling

The exterior styling is aggressive yet sleek with styling cues, particularly the hardtop/non-Roadster version, reminiscent of the 1969 240Z, at least in my eyes. From certain angles, looks like a bit of a throwback to the original. Standard features include the boomerang-style bi-functional xenon headlamps, heated power outside mirrors, cloth power folding roof in black, and a fixed glass wind deflector. This press 370Z model came with the $4000 Sport Package upgrade adding 19-inch Rays super-lightweight alloy rims wrapped in 245/40R19 rubber up front and 275/35/R19 in the rear, compared to the standard P225/50R18 front, P245/45/R18 rear setup. This package also ups the stopping assembly with huge 14-inch discs up front and 13-inch in the rear.

2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Review

Cabin

Inside, the cabin is totally stunning; undeniably sporty yet super refined. The Navigation Package upgrade on this Roadster will only cost you an extra $2500, unlike the most manufacturers often charging nearing double. This option finds the Nissan Navigation System, a 9.3GB music hard drive and USB, integrated interface for iPod, auxiliary audio/video input jacks, and a single in-dash CD slot. Frankly, sticking to the standard attire is suffice considering it includes the essentials like an 8-speaker audio Bose system, XM satellite radio, a bluetooth hands-free phone system, and an AM/FM with 6-CD in-dash changer, to name just a few.

2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Review

Conclusions

Leaving the top up would be a shame. During my week with the 370Z, the days were warm and the evenings cool. Fortunately, this Roadster comes equipped (standard!) with heated and cooled seats, essentially pushing air through the perforated seats in the seatbacks and bottom cushions keeping your ass toasty at night and cool in the heat. The leather wrapped steering wheel, 8-way driver/4-way passenger seats, 3-bay centre gauges including trip computer, and leather/synthetic suede sport seats are all included.

The final price for this 370Z, with the $6500 in options, comes to $54,998 CAD MSRP before taxes/fees.

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