Stepping for the first time inside a Nissan 370Z Roadster is a pretty original act. It's not like jumping inside a car but more like wearing it. Because, as soon as you close the door, no matter if the top is down or up, your personal space suddenly shrinks like a balloon. It's not exactly cramped in there, so let's just say it's a very cozy atmosphere.
The transmission tunnel occupies quite a large amount of the interior volume, making us realize that the gearbox is sitting right between the passengers, almost at elbow level. The already low practicality of the 350Z went right around the window with its 370 successor when Nissan decided to make the car shorter and lower than the previous generation.
The interior design doesn't offer a gigantic discrepancy compared to the 350Z, but the overall quality is quite a bit improved. There's a somewhat more premium atmosphere inside, despite the rather huge amount of plastic bits everywhere. Still, there are some Alcantara and leather inserts here and there so it's more upscale than the generation it replaces.
The steering wheel column is rigidly connected to the dashboard instruments like it was before, while the semi-powered seats feel a bit more comfortable but at least as supportive as the ones in the previous generation. Despite not switching to a hard top like all the cool kids are doing these days, the luggage compartment is still small, albeit it has actually grown to a "staggering" 140 liters (4.9 cubic feet).
Using typical Japanese humor, the underside of the trunk lid shows a drawing of the way you may fit a golf bag inside the compartment. And no, it's not as easy as you might think, there's a special procedure apparently. Speaking of which, we are really curious about the percentage of golf players who are buying Nissan 370Z Roadsters. Continue reading