Keeping quite a bit of deal in common with its lineage, the Nissan 370Z - especially in Roadster form - possesses quite a nice mix of retro and futuristic lines. The long hood is clearly both a retro motif and a technical requirement, since the Nissan FM platform that's under the sheet metal provides a front-midship arrangement of the engine, a la BMW.
Designed by Randy Rodriguez, a "Z" aficionado since he was a kid, the car looks like the offspring of a 350Z and a Datsun 240Z – the grandfather of them all. In many ways it's not a half bad combination, but the addition of a couple of modern design touches might be seen as a bit of stretch by some of the "Z" purists out there.
First of all, there's the boomerang-shaped headlights and taillights, which look absolutely vicious from most angles, but completely out of what some people have come to expect from a "Z". Second of all, the hood line sits quite a bit higher that expected, but that is most likely because of the new pedestrian safety rules. Way to go safety, you've ruined long and flat hoods!
The front of the car looks like a blood hungry vampire bat with an eye-infection, which can mean both good and bad things for some people. The similarity mostly comes from the two fang-like design elements sported by the grille, so we don't know why nobody has ever tried to paint them white, so as to further fuel the impression.
The side view is that of a typical two-seat roadster, encompassing the best of what could be found in the "Z" lineage. The very short front and rear overhangs add a lot of muscle to the overall impression, while some lateral design cues were presumably inspired by the belly of a shark. Mr. Randy Rodriguez was apparently watching quite a a lot of "Shark Week" episodes on the Discovery Channel while he was designing the car.
The rear is probably the most discussed part of the 370Z, with a handful of Nissan/Datsun aficionados thinking it looks a bit too bloated for the required sleekness of a "Z" design. The oversized tail pipes don't look half bad though, giving a very powerful feel to the whole arrangement. On the whole, the 370Z Roadster is a very good-looking car, despite some of its more controversial design touches.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Ever since I was a young man growing up I knew I had something for small, two-seat convertibles. For old British roadsters, as a matter of fact. Or... ahem... just the way they were built and looked, actually. It wouldn't take much more than a bespoke Triumph TR3 or an... ahem... Austin Healey 3000 to float my boat.
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