2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster
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 convenie9nce 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 crafted interior."
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 driver/passenger comfort.
With the 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-colour 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 centre console-mounted switch or by a button located on the doors. The automatic latch system secures the top to – or releases it from – the windscreen header without driver intervention. The shape and position of the glass wind deflector, located between the fixed headrest bars, has been optimised to reduce turbulence into the cabin.
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 colours: Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Platinum Graphite, Pearl White, Monterey Blue and a special premium colour, 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 centre 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 centre console box with a nonintrusive cover design.
Other features include automatic climate control, two 12-volt power outlets, three cupholders (two in door panels, one in centre 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 aluminium-trimmed pedals. This is the first time Bluetooth® and 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 port 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, sold separately).
The 370Z Roadster interior is available in Black cloth or for 370Z Touring Roadster models, a choice of Grey, 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-litre DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL), choice of 7-speed automatic transmission or close-ratio 6-speed manual available with "SynchroRev Match" (the world's first synchronised downshift rev matching manual transmission), refined 4-wheel independent suspension and 4-wheel vented disc brakes (available with 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 perfect companion."
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-litre V6's 306 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm).
Along with its larger displacement, the 3.7-litre 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 optimise intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimised 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 stabilising 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 style.
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 utilises the Z® Coupe's advanced 4-wheel independent suspension. The double-wishbone front suspension (which replaces the lower multilink setup in the 350Z) uses lighter forged aluminium arms and a lightweight rigid aluminium-alloy cradle, along with a lighter stabiliser 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 utilised on each corner for improved ride comfort.
The standard 370Z Roadster wheel and tyre package features 18x8.0-inch front/18x9.0-inch lightweight aluminium-alloy wheels with P225/50R18 front/P245/45R18 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A summer tyres. Available as part of the optional Sport Package are 19-inch RAYS forged lightweight aluminium-alloy wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE050A P245/40R19 front/P275/35R19 tyres.
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 discs (versus 12.6-inch front/rear standard discs) with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminium callipers.
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 Tyre 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 aluminium-trimmed pedals.
Only two option packages are offered (Touring model only): the Sport Package, with 19-inch RAYS forged wheels and Bridgestone Potenza tyres, 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.
2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster Specifications
|Cylinders / configuration||
|Block / head composition||
Aluminum / Aluminum
332 @ 7,000 RPM
270 @ 5,200 RPM
|Bore & stroke (mm)||
95.5 x 86.0
|Maximum engine speed||
Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
4 valves per cylinder; Continuously Variable Valve Event and Lift Control System (VVEL)
Side: 2 solid; rear: 1 liquid-filled; front: 1 electronically controlled liquid-filled
Closed loop feedback system w/ 3-way catalyst
|Emissions certification level||
50 state: LEV2-ULEV (Cal), Tier2 (B5)(Fed)
Single muffler with Y-type dual exhaust outlets (w/ finishers)
Electronic, Nissan Direct Ignition System (NDIS)
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|Transmission and Drive System||370Z||370Z Touring|
|Drive configuration||Mid-mounted front-engine / rear-wheel drive|
|Transmission type 6-speed manual 7-speed auto w/ manual mode and paddle shifters||S O|
|Final drive ratio||3.692||3.357|
|Drive shaft||Carbon Fiber Composite|
|Downshift Rev Matching (DRM)||S (7A/T)|
|SynchroRev Match (SRM)||-||O (6M/T)|
|Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD)||-||O|
|Front Vented disc Rotor size diameter and thickness - (in.) 12.6 x 1.10||S|
|Rear Vented disc Rotor size diameter and thickness - (in.) 12.6 x 0.63||S|
|Front Vented disc Rotor size diameter and thickness - (in.) 14.0 x 1.3||-||O|
|Rear Vented disc Rotor size diameter and thickness - (in.) 13.8 x 0.8||-||O|
|Caliper type / material||S Floating / cast iron|
|O (Touring only) Fixed 4-piston front, 2-piston rear / aluminum|
|Brake Assist (BA)||S|
|Brake control||Power-assisted (vacuum)|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Number of wheels Number of channels Number of sensors||S 4 4 4|
|Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)||S|
|Vehicle speed variable assist||
2.7 (18-inch wheels)/2.6 (19-inch wheels
Turning diameter (ft.) (curb-to-curb)
32.8 (18-inch wheels)/34.1 (19-inch wheels)
3-spoke leather-wrapped w/ air bag, manual tilt
|Steering wheel controls||
Cruise control; audio
Steering wheel controls - Bluetooth®
Double wishbone aluminum suspension
High vacuum diecast aluminum alloy
Independent multi-link aluminum suspension
|Body / Chassis|
Corrosion-resistant high-strength steel
|Hood, doors, trunk lid||
|Cloth power-folding roof with fabric inner liner||
|Single action operation with automatic roof lock||
|Glass rear window w/electric rear window defroster||
|Wind deflector (fixed glass)||S|
|Top operation via Nissan Intelligent KeyTM (pushing button on door handle) or center console-mounted switch||
Height adjustment (manual)
|Wheels & Tires||370Z||370Z Touring|
|Aluminum-alloy F: 18x8 inches R: 18x9 inches||S|
|RAYS light weight forged alloy F: 19x9 inches R: 19x10 inches||-||O|
|Bridgestone Potenza RE050A F: P225/50R18, R: P245/45R18||S|
|Bridgestone Potenza RE050A F: P245/40R19, R: P275/35R19||-||O|
|Spare wheel/tire Steel, T145/80D17 Aluminum-alloy, T145/70D18||S O|
|Seat Materials Black woven "carbon" cloth seats||-||S|
|Heated and cooling ventilated leatherappointed|
|Seat Type Sport bucket||S|
|Height-adjustable head restraints||S|
|Driver Seat 8-way (manual)||S||-|
|8-way (4 power, 4 manual)||-||S|
|Head unit and speakers|
|2-DIN AM/FM/CD w/ 4 speakers||S||-|
|Bose® audio with 6CD in-dash/ AM/FM/CD, 6 speakers + 2 subwoofers, MP3 capability, Radio Data System (RDS), XM® Satellite Radio||-||S|
|HDD navigation system with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, USB connectivity||-||O|
|Steering-wheel audio controls with illumination||S|
|Auxiliary audio input jack||S|
|Auxiliary audio/video input jacks||-||O|
|Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System||-||S|
|Voice Recognition (VR)||-||O|
|Meters/Gauges Speedometer Tachometer Coolant temperature Fuel level LCD dual trip odometer LCD drive computer||S|
|3-pod gauges (digital clock, engine oil temperature, voltmeter)||S|
|Indicators Clock Low Tire Pressure M/T shift up timing indicator (light) A/T indicator Cruise Control VDC off||S S When equipped with 6MT When equipped with 7AT S S|
|Full-color LCD 7-inch monitor||O (Touring)|
|Cruise control (ASCD) Power windows – driver and passenger onetouch up/down Power door locks with auto locking feature Nissan Intelligent Key™ Cupholders – 3 12-volt outlets – 2 Passenger assist grip Sunvisors w/ vanity mirrors Lockable glove compartment Storage box behind passenger seat Inside rear view mirror – auto-dimming HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (UGDO) Aluminum-trimmed pedals||S S S S S S S S S S S (Touring) S (Touring) S (Touring)|
|Safety and Security|
|Safety and Security Systems|
|Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)||Driver and front passenger air bags with dual-stage inflation, seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor|
|Driver and front passenger side-impact and door-mounted curtain side-impact airbags||S|
|Active Head Restraints||S|
|Outboard seat belts, front||3-point (ALR/ELR for passenger, ELR for driver)|
|Seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters||S|
|Power window lockout button||S|
|Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)||S|
|Traction Control System (TCS)||S|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)||S|
|Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones Energy-absorbing steering column Slide away brake pedal Break away rear engine mount Hood buckling creases and safety stops Aluminum side-door guard beams||S|
|Coefficient of drag (Cd) (front)||0.33, 0.34 w/Sport Pkg.|
|Track width Front (18-inch/19-inch wheels) Rear (18-inch/19-inch wheels)||61.0/60.6 62.8/61.6|
|Curb (pounds) MT AT||3,426 3,449||3,497 3,489|
|Weight distribution (%) Front/Rear (static w/o passengers)||54/46|
|Fuel tank (gallons)||19.0|
|Engine oil (quarts)||5.2|
|Engine coolant w/ reservoir (quarts)||9.1 MT/9.0 AT|
|Volume (cubic feet)|
|EPA Fuel Economy (Actual mileage may vary)|
|Hard Drive-Based Nissan Navigation System: Touch screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information, 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive and USB connectivity||-||O|
|Sport Package: Viscous LSD, 19-inch RAYS forged wheels with 19-inch tires, Nissan Sport Brakes, SynchroRev Match (MT only)||-||O|
S – Standard O – Optional P - Package