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Nissan 370Z Roadster hits UK

Thu, 14 Jan 2010

The Nissan 370Z Roadster finally hits the UK

It’s been nine months since Nissan launched the 370X Roadster from a tent in New York and, despite the promise that the 370Z Roadster would hit UK shores in September last year, it still hasn’t. But it’s close as Nissan have finally announced that orders for the 370Z Roadster are now being taken and the first UK cars will arrive in March. Only a year after the launch.

I’m not a huge fan of the 370Z Coupe’s looks but the Roadster looks a lot better. Gone are the slightly incongruous rear haunches to be replaced by a much better looking back end thanks to the folding rag-top’s needs. And unlike most Roadsters, where the Roadster is a chopped version of the Coupe, Nissan claim the 370Z was designed to be a Roadster from the outset so there are no big weight penalties from additional stiffening.

The 370Z Roadster gets the same oily bits as its Coupe sibling (slightly modified for 2010 to comply with Euro 5 Standards) which means 323bhp from the 3.7 litre V6 and a 0-60mph time of under 6 seconds, whether you opt for the six speed manual or the seven speed auto.

Standard kit is reasonably comprehensive and includes electric seats, Bluetooth, Bi-Xenons and 18″ alloys. Opt for the extra cost GT Pack and you get 19″ alloys, suede and leather seats and BOSE. But that will cost you an extra £3,300. Throw in SatNav and that will be an extra £1550 and that fancy auto ‘box is another £1,440.

Add the toys and it does get a bit pricey, even though on the face of it the 370Z Roadster is a chunk cheaper than competition like the Mercedes SLK and Porsche Boxster.

By Cars UK