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(from Nissan Press
Release) All-New 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Adds Open-Air Excitement;
Features Power Auto-Lock Top Design
– Nissan Z® Roadster Joins 370Z Coupe in Nissan Showrooms In Late
Less than a year after the introduction of the all-new 2009 Nissan
370Z Coupe – a vehicle that reset the bar for affordable sports car
design and performance – comes its dramatic new stablemate, the 2010
Nissan 370Z Roadster. The seductively styled Z® Roadster offers
everything the hardtop Z® Coupe does – and more. As in more classic
open-air sports car driving excitement. More sun, moon and stars.
And more refinement than any Z® convertible that has ever come
before – including a standard automatic latching power top and
Nissan Intelligent Key™. Also offered are an array of technology and
convenience features, including the first-ever Z® Roadster-available
heating and cooling ventilated net seats, Bluetooth® Hands-free
Phone System, satellite radio and advanced Nissan Navigation System.
The 2010 370Z Roadster is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan
retailers nationwide in late summer.
“As expected, the 370Z Roadster delivers an exhilarating connection
to the air, wind and environment on top of the new Z® Coupe’s
exceptional levels of performance,” said Al Castignetti, vice
president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North
America, Inc. (NNA). “But perhaps unexpected for a car this sporty
is its greatly enhanced refinement and quality – as seen in features
such as its one-touch, auto-locking convertible top and beautifully
A Truly Authentic Roadster
The 370Z Roadster’s most obvious departure from the 370Z Coupe is
its convertible top. The soft-top roof was designed with an emphasis
on three key areas: to provide a sleek silhouette matching the new
Z®’s stunning styling with the top up or down, to offer easy
single-action open-close operation, and to provide an enjoyable
top-down experience with reduced wind turbulence and all-climate
With convertible top in the closed position, the design provides a
sophisticated sloped-back appearance, the perfect balance between
the soft top and the Z® body design. The shortened windshield and
aerodynamically rounded rear deck enhance the Z®’s kinetic and
dynamic character lines. When in the down position, the convertible
top is concealed beneath a full body-color hard tonneau cover, which
extends forward to help create the Z® Roadster’s classic “double
cockpit” style interior.
The standard black cloth convertible top features a fabric inner
liner, which provides a quality appearance and helps reduce noise
intrusion into the cabin, along with an enlarged (versus the
previous generation Z® Roadster) glass rear window with an
integrated electric rear window defroster. The top operation takes
approximately 20 seconds start-to-finish and is controlled by either
a center console-mounted switch or by a button located on the doors.
The automatic latch system secures the top to – or releases it from
– the windshield header without driver intervention. The shape and
position of the glass wind deflector, located between the fixed
headrest bars, has been optimized to reduce turbulence into the
Like the new 370Z Coupe, the Z® Roadster’s new exterior is more
aggressive in appearance and lighter and tighter in structure than
the previous generation. The wheelbase is nearly four inches shorter
(100.4 inches versus 104.3 inches) and overall length is reduced by
2.6 inches (167.2 inches versus 169.8 inches). The new Z® Roadster
features an aluminum hood, door panels and trunk for reduced weight.
At the same time, the body structure was extensively revised,
improving rigidity and stability. The 370Z Roadster includes
additional structural reinforcement (over the 370Z Coupe), including
in the A-pillars and side sills.
The Z® Roadster’s exterior design incorporates the look and feel of
the new Z® Coupe, including its signature long nose/short cockpit
proportions, vertical door handles and distinctive new
headlight/taillight treatment, which features a fierce “boomerang”
shape. High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon headlights
with auto on/off feature are standard.
The 370Z Roadster is offered in seven exterior colors: Solid Red,
Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Platinum Graphite, Pearl White,
Monterey Blue and a special premium color, Black Cherry.
Inside the stunning exterior, true to its sports car heritage, the
Z® Roadster’s interior is completely driver-centric, with its
three-layer design grouping items by how a driver sees information,
operates the controls and is held in place – so drivers feel
completely connected and engaged whenever and wherever they drive,
top up or down.
The Z® Roadster features high back black woven “Carbon” cloth seats
with 8-way manual driver’s/4-way manual passenger’s seat
adjustments. Touring models include unique leather-appointed “net”
seats with 4-way power/4-way manual operation on the driver’s seat
(4-way power on the passenger’s seat). These second-generation net
seats are exclusive to the Z® Roadster and have integrated heating
and cooling functions – ideal for open air driving no matter what
the outside temperature. Adjustable front seat Active Head
Restraints are also standard.
The Z® Roadster’s 2-seat layout includes a deeply scooped instrument
panel with a full-length center console separating the driver and
passenger’s seat. The instrument panel retains the traditional Z®
3-pod cluster with oil temperature, voltmeter and clock, while the
speedometer and tachometer now include an “initial sweep” function,
coming alive when the car is first started.
The sporty steering wheel is a new “oval” 3-spoke design, which
offers baseball-style stitching, improved thumb grips and palm rest
areas for improved feel on long drives. The surface of the
leather-wrapped wheel is “shaved” to provide a more kidney-like
shape to better fit in the hand. The manual transmission shifter is
specially padded to improve the accuracy of diagonal shifts and to
feel softer in the hand for forward and backward motions.
Standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan
Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Ignition, power windows with
one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock
feature and a center console box with a non-intrusive cover design.
Other features include automatic climate control, two 12-volt power
outlets, three cupholders (two in door panels, one in center
console) and an AM/FM/CD/AUX 4-speaker audio system with illuminated
steering wheel-mounted controls.
The Touring model adds a 6CD Bose® audio system with eight speakers
(includes dual subwoofer) and MP3/WMA playback, XM™ Satellite Radio
(XM™ subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free
Phone System, HomeLink™ Universal Transceiver and aluminum-trimmed
pedals. This is the first time Bluetooth® and XM™ satellite radio
have been available on a Z® Convertible.
The optional Navigation Package includes the touch-screen Nissan
Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic™ real-time traffic
information (XM™ subscription required, sold separately), 9.3GB
Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback and a
USB fort for iPod® connectivity. The new navigation system offers a
number of enhancements (versus previous Nissan Navigation System
designs), including four times higher screen resolution, wireless
music player audio streaming capability (via Bluetooth®), on-board
Zagat restaurant ratings database, an in-dash DVD player and XM
NavWeather™ weather information display (XM™ subscription required,
The 370Z Roadster interior is available in Black cloth or for 370Z
Touring Roadster models, a choice of Gray, Black or Wine
leather-appointed net seating.
Open Air, Open Roads – An Unbeatable Combination
Roadster or Coupe, the new Z®s share one of the most advanced
drivetrains available for affordable sports cars today. The Z®
Roadster’s long list of cutting edge performance-focused
technologies includes a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6
engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL), choice of
7-speed automatic transmission or close-ratio 6-speed manual with
available “SynchroRev Match” (the world’s first synchronized
downshift rev matching manual transmission), refined 4-wheel
independent suspension and 4-wheel vented disc brakes (with
available Nissan Sport Brakes).
“The new 370Z Roadster lives in the same sweet spot of performance,
style and value that the Z® Coupe does,” said Castignetti. “Open air
driving just begs for open roads and the new 370Z Convertible is the
Compared to the previous generation 350Z Roadster, the new Z®
convertible picks up 26 horsepower and 2 lb-ft of torque (332
horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm, compared
with the previous 3.5-liter V6’s 306 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 268
lb-ft of toque @ 4,800 rpm).
Along with its larger displacement, the 3.7-liter engine gives
better power delivery all the way to the 7,500 rpm redline, improved
low-end power and more high-end torque, creating an entirely new
driving experience. Key to the enhanced performance is the VVEL
system, which is able to optimize intake valve open/close movements,
allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion
chamber at the precisely optimized time. Since the VVEL system can
adjust to open the valves slightly, it improves fuel efficiency by
reducing camshaft friction and fuel waste. It also provides cleaner
emissions by allowing for quicker warm-up of the catalyst and by
stabilizing combustion when the engine is cool.
The 2010 Z® Roadster is offered with a choice of two new advanced
transmissions – a close-ratio 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic.
The 6-speed manual is available with SynchroRev Match™ (included in
the optional Sport Package), which allows drivers of any skill level
to experience professional-like gear shift performance. The
SynchroRev Match™ function automatically controls and adjusts engine
speed when shifting to the exact speed of the next gear position,
essentially “blipping” the throttle to smooth out any up/down
shifts. This not only allows the driver to focus more on braking and
steering, it improves vehicle balance and smoothness by reducing the
typical “shock” when the clutch is engaged. The system can be
deactivated with a button next to the shifter for drivers who prefer
less vehicle intervention.
The available 7-speed automatic includes Downshift Rev Matching
(DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and is designed to offer
quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode.
Drivers can use the standard paddle shifters or the shift lever. The
7-speed’s wide gear ratios offer improved fuel efficiency, while the
Adaptive Shift Control is designed to adjust to the driver’s driving
Estimated fuel economy for the 370Z Roadster is 18 mpg City/25 mpg
Highway for both the 7-speed automatic and 6-speed manual
transmissions – increases of 1 mpg City/2 mpg Highway for the
automatic and 1 mpg City/1 mpg Highway for the manual transmission
versus the 2009 350Z Roadster.
The Z® Roadster also utilizes the Z® Coupe’s advanced 4-wheel
independent suspension. The double-wishbone front suspension (which
replaces the lower multi-link setup in the 350Z) uses lighter forged
aluminum arms and a lightweight rigid aluminum-alloy cradle, along
with a lighter stabilizer bar with a 35 percent improved lever
ratio. The 4-link rear suspension is also stiffer and lighter, with
the rear cradle entirely integrated into a single part. “High
response” shock absorbers are utilized on each corner for improved
The standard 370Z Roadster wheel and tire package features
18x8.0-inch front/18x9.0-inch lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with
P225/50R18 front/P245/45R18 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer
tires. Available as part of the optional Sport Package are 19-inch
RAYS forged lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels with Bridgestone
Potenza RE050A P245/40R19 front/P275/35R19 tires.
The Z®’s standard 4-wheel vented disc brake system includes
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force
Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The optional Sport Package
includes Nissan Sport Brakes with large diameter 14.0-inch front and
13.8-inch rear rotors (versus 12.6-inch front/rear standard rotors)
with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminum calipers.
Steering is provided by a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted
rack-and-pinion design. Unwanted steering kickback and vibrations
are reduced with the addition of a solenoid valve that acts like a
damper when there is a harsh impact load. A Vehicle Dynamic Control
(VDC) system is standard.
The Nissan 370Z Roadster’s list of standard safety features includes
the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage
supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant
classification sensors; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental
air bags; door-mounted curtain air bags; and seat belts with
pretensioners and load limiters.
Other standard equipment includes Active Head Restraints, Zone Body
Construction with front and rear crumple zones, Nissan Vehicle
Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System and Tire Pressure
Monitoring System (TPMS).
Two Well-Equipped Models
The new Z® Roaster is offered in two well-equipped models – 370Z
Roadster and the 370Z Touring Roadster. The Touring model includes
the heated and cooling leather-appointed power net seats, HomeLink™
Universal Transceiver, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 8-speaker
Bose® audio system, XM™ Satellite Radio (XM™ subscription, sold
separately) and aluminum-trimmed pedals.
Only two option packages are offered (Touring model only): the Sport
Package, with 19-inch RAYS forged wheels and Bridgestone Potenza
tires, Nissan Sport Brakes, SynchroRev Match (6-speed manual
transmission only) and Viscous Limited Slip Differential; and the
Navigation Package, with Hard Drive-based Nissan Navigation System,
9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive and USB connectivity.