If we were to choose a single great thing about the Nissan 370Z Roadster, it would most definitely be the way it handles with the electronic stability control off. Thanks to the mechanical limited slip differential, it provides so much fun when cornering it almost hurts... (your budget for rear tires). The meaty Bridgestone Potenza tires shoed on those 19-inch RAYS alloys have both tremendous grip (up to a certain point) and give a nice feel of the road. When it comes to driving fun, the 370Z Roadster certainly delivers.
The bad thing is probably the fact that it has an almost atrocious fuel economy. Sure, it also handles like a dream and the engine delivers a lot of punch, you might say, and you'd be perfectly right, but there are other cars which are faster and use less fuel than the 370Z. The VQ engine is a masterpiece in almost every way except for fuel efficiency. From what we heard, the version with a six-speed manual transmission isn't exactly a fuel sipper either, so the gearbox isn't the main problem.
The ugly bit about our test car is most likely the fact that it tries too hard to do so many things, yet it doesn't completely succeed at a single one. Whether it's performance, practicality, fuel consumption or even the old-school feeling of open top motoring, the "Z" is always second to one of its competitors. Maybe if it had tried to do a single thing good, instead of a lot, it might have succeeded. Other than that, as a weekend boy toy, it's as good as any other in this segment. Continue reading