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2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring Review

Sporty Two-Seat Convertible

A side view of a silver 2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster

In short: A quick and nimble 2-passenger convertible.

The convertible version of Nissan's nimble two-seater provides the same great performance as the 370Z Coupe, with the welcome addition of a little more sunlight, making this sexy soft-top perfect for summertime cruises à deux. Drivers will appreciate the power afforded by the 370Z's 3.7-liter V6, while Nissan's cool new SynchroRev Match makes for ultra-smooth downshifts on cars with a manual transmission. Retracting the roadster's fully automatic convertible roof is easy, and takes just 20 seconds, although there is a fair amount of noise even with the top up. With the touring trim level, passengers are further treated to a handful of other luxury touches, including climate-controlled seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a premium Bose sound system.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; ten-year/120,000-mile CVT limited warranty extension

Base Price: $41,070 / As Tested: $47,485

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with variable valve event and lift
Horsepower: 332 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
3,467 lbs
Wheelbase: 100.4 in
Length/Width/Height:167.2/72.8/52.1 in
Turning circle: 32.8 ft

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution with brake assist
Suspension: 2-link double-wishbone aluminum-alloy front; 4-link aluminum-alloy rear; front and rear stabilizer bars; ripple control shock absorbers

Traction: vehicle dynamic control with traction control

0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (governor limited)

EPA City:
18 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

dual-stage front airbags; seat-mounted side impact airbags; door-mounted curtain side impact airbags

Likes: sporty go-kart-like ride; smart and fun to drive

Dislikes: limited cabin/cargo space


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PNW080211 (Updated: 01/31/13 NW)