2012 Nissan Z Roadster Tour new car reviews

The 370Z with less roof.
The Z Roadster sports massive rear wheel arches.
From above, you can see that the small (but comfortable) interior is dwarfed by the rest of the car.

Better than: Nissan 350Z
But not as good as: Corvette Roadster
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 77.82

Nissan introduced a convertible version of the 370Z in 2010, dubbed the Z Roadster. The Z car has certainly grown up a lot from its ancestor, the 240Z. A modern "Z" has gobs of power, huge wheels, a premium interior, and cool stuff like a carbon fiber driveshaft, aluminum front subframe, and intelligent rev matching.

Our test car was a "Tour" model. This designation means you pay about $4,000 extra, but in return you get niceties such as leather sport seats, a nice stereo, power everything, and many other creature comforts.

The car we tested also had the $2,830 sport package, which includes bigger RAYS wheels wrapped in wider tires, upgraded brakes, and a viscous limited slip differential.

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Alan Cesar Alan Cesar
SuperDork

In a word: hateful. This car makes sense at $25,000; at twice that, it's one of the dumbest buying decisions you could make. Why isn't it worth the asking price? Extremely cheap materials, road noise, poor build quality, and bad gas mileage.

Our press tester had fewer than 8000 miles on it. I turned up the radio to drown out the road noise, and the announcer's deep voice buzzed some loose piece of plastic inside the door. Already, that premium sound system is wasted. The Coyote-powered Mustang makes all Z cars irrelevant.

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

The reincarnated Z has come a long way, as the interior and refinement finally match the drivetrain and driving experience. Plus I think the 370Z looks great. Does the convertible soften the experience too much? Whatever. Call this a good cruiser.

But is it worth $48,000? For a few bucks more, you can get a base Boxster. I realize the Z is quicker to 60, but which delivers the better driving experience?

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mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
7/12/12 8:06 p.m.

There is a 370 roadster at work... I think they look funky ( in a bad way ) with the top down.. top up is not much better.

Boxster or Miata is a better deal

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Associate Editor
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Nissan introduced a convertible version of the 370Z in 2010, dubbed the Z Roadster. The Z car has certainly grown up a lot from its ancestor, the 240Z. A modern "Z" has gobs of power, huge wheels, a premium interior, and cool stuff like a carbon fiber driveshaft, aluminum front subframe, and intelligent rev matching.

Our test car was a "Tour" model. This designation means you pay about $4,000 extra, but in return you get niceties such as leather sport seats, a nice stereo, power everything, and many other creature comforts.

The car we tested also had the $2,830 sport package, which includes bigger RAYS wheels wrapped in wider tires, upgraded brakes, and a viscous limited slip differential.

Like what you read here? You can get a whole magazine full of these types of articles delivered to your home or shop 8 times a year. Subscribe now or visit the Grassroots Motorsports online store for back issues.
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