Car reviews - Nissan - 370Z - Roadster
Sublime engine and transmission combination, tight handling, plug-and-play nature, classic sportscar proportions
Room for improvement
Dated cabin, wind noise with roof up, clunky soft-top operation, light steering
Old-school thrills mean the Nissan 370Z Roadster remains an ageing favourite
3 Oct 2018
JOHN Farnham cops a lot of flack for retiring but never staying retired. He just keeps coming back for another tour, seemingly unable to turn down the pay check. In many ways, the Nissan 370Z Roadster is the same, it keeps coming back for more.
A quick history lesson reveals that the 370Z broke cover in 2008, and its predecessor, the 350Z, was rolled out in 2001. Compared to other ‘new’ models currently sold in showrooms, it is old, very old.
Thankfully, Nissan is aware of this and has given the sportscar a tickle ahead of its 10th birthday. Changes are relatively minor, meaning much like Mr Farnham, it is the same old routine yet again.
To make matters interesting, the Roadster only accounts for five per cent of 370Z sales in Australia, with the Coupe responsible for the remainder. Nevertheless, it returns for another round, unmoved by its status as the unloved sibling.
But the question remains, should the 370Z Roadster be forced into retirement, or does it still have something meaningful to offer? Read on to find out.
Model release date: 1 February 2018
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