For a car costing around fifty thousand Euros equipped like ours, the Nissan 370 Z Roadster is a decently-equipped vehicle. Giving its almost total lack of practicality, it becomes a tougher choice from this point of view though. Still, compared to a similarly-priced Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK or Audi TT Roadster, the bang for buck ratio when it comes to gadgets isn't half bad in the "Z".
The problem arises when comparing it to a car that uses the same platform but seats five and has an actual luggage compartment: the Infiniti G37 sedan. The G37 costs the same, yet offers quite a heftier amount of gadgets, plus the aforementioned extra features. Sure, it's not a two-seat roadster with a history behind it, but we're mainly talking about gadgets here.
Our car was also fitted with a light and rain sensor, semi-electric powered seats with both a heating and ventilation option, a Bose hi-fi audio system and an electrically retractable cloth roof which opens and/or closes in exactly 20 seconds. But wait, that's not all. The center console was also adorned with a seven-inch LCD with touch screen (although most functions are operated via regular buttons), a navigation system with an HDD that shares 9.3 GB of its memory for copying music on it, iPod and auxiliary connecting outlets. The beauty of the multimedia system is the fact that, apart from providing the posibility of copying your music from audio CDs, it can also play movies.
Our car was also fitted with bi-xenon headlights and cruise control, but compared to its similarly-priced bigger brother from Infiniti it was missing the Intelligent Cruise Control system – which automatically accelerates or brakes the car from any speed, depending on the traffic encountered. Some factory fitted parking sensors and a rear view camera would've been nice at this price level as well, especially since parking can sometimes be cumbersome with the roof up. Continue reading