I opened the garage door and there it was…the 2011 370Z Roadster, sitting in my driveway. Damn, was the first
word that came to mind as my eyes gleamed with joy and my heart raced with excitement from the sound of the
vroom of the engine 332 horsepower/3.7L V6 engine and the thought of all 270 lb-ft of torque to power a car of
its size. But then the writer in me began to wonder what “z” words I could possibly come up with to describe
what I was feeling so that you would get it. Still to this day, that remains one tough nut to crack. Hopefully
“damn” did it!
The Z’s chiseled body–compact in size, offers a far more full size feel. It handles superfluously–like a diamond
solid precious gem. No fish tailing, just pure electrifying fun on the road. The pick up, the turning radius, the
power—it was everything I needed for a seven day venture into the relm of hot, sexy fun. Speaking of which,
while driving the 6-speed closed ratio version (also available in 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters) with a
set of 18″ rims on Bridgestone’s Potenza high performance tires, I left both the women and the men spellbound,
with jowls dropped, on every corner! And get this, all of that excitement and the 370Z Roadster still achieves 18
miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. That’s hot and cost effective!
Inside, the seat cooler’s ventilation (driver and passenger) was perfect, especially while the top was down (for
colder climates they heat as well). As a matter of fact, my preference is to wind the windows up with the seat
ventilator and the automatic climate control running simultaneously for maximum fun in the full sun. Windows up
meant even better absorption of the cool air the great sound erupting from all eight, great Bose speakers that
made it possible for me to enjoy the music I loaded into the 9.3 GB hard drive, or from XM Satellite, my iPod, or
even by way of streaming audio via Bluetooth.
Since we’re already on the interior, this is probably a perfect time to explain my experience with two seater
roadsters. In terms of exterior appeal most are very appealing to the eyes–cute and sexy. Inside they’re
notorious for their ability to compromise on space. The Z on the other hand does a great job at maximizing the
use thereof. Case and point, legroom, shoulder space, hip space, even arm room—were all abundant. My sister
(and most Americans) will love the cup holder in both the driver and passenger’s doors and the one in the
center console, which was perfect home for my phone. The phone charger and connections for fully a integrated
iPod connection were close by in the covered area of the center console. Behind both seats was space for
perhaps either a briefcase, one of those huge sacks that ladies now refer to as purses, or in my case–camera
equipment. But behind the passenger seat in particular is a cleverly disguised fold-out department that’s perfect
for hiding items too large to fit in the covered area of the center console. That’s a perfect idea for keeping
something out of sight if and when you have to leave the car with the top up or keep order in general. I also
loved the fact that the eight-way power driver’s seat and four-way power passenger’s seat were both standard,
which again speaks to the greatly unsung value I often discover in both Nissan and Infiniti products.
There’s just one thing I would add to the Z: That would be the Technology Package similar to what’s offered on
Infiniti models. In particular, Blind Spot Warning. The first day behind the wheel I realized the need to pay extra
close attention to what was in the lanes beside me. Distance Control Assist seems like another great idea for
the racy Z driver.
The 370Z Roadster is available in three trim levels: A base model at $38,200, the 370Z Touring I tested for this
review, which lists at $42,200 and included the addition of Nissan’s $2,150 Navigation System (a must have
these days), followed by the top of the line 370Z Touring with Sport Package at $45,030: Dubbed as “the
ultimate in performance,” this package includes Nissan sport brakes, SynchroRev Match manual transmission,
viscous limited-slip rear differential, 19″ super lightweight forged aluminum rims and the big daddy 245/40WR19
high performance Bridgestone Potenza tires. In other words, no joke for real!
What did I leave out? Hmmmm…maybe the fact that it’s totally keyless is one. The 20-seconds up or down
power top is fully automatic. Better yet, click here and you’ll probably find every detail you want to know and
To close out this review let me just keep it real and tell you straight up, that when compared to other two seater
roadsters I’ve tested–including the BMW Z4, hands down, I’ll take the Z as my first choice on any given day!