2016 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring Sport new car reviews

The Nissan 370Z has been with us for a while, and Nissan calls this Touring Sport model the top-of-the-line offering. What’s so special about it? It doesn’t get any more power than the rest of the lineup, but it does get bigger brakes: 14.0-inch fronts and 13.8-inch rears where the rest of the lineup gets 12.6-inch discs all around. Those bigger brakes are surrounded by 19-inch forged wheels from Rays.

One more item is unique to the Touring Sport: SynchroRev Match. On the six-speed manual-shift models, the computer can blip the throttle for smoother downshifts.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
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There is a place in this world for the Z. It’s been with us for decades. It’s an icon.

Back in the day, it told the European standards that an alternative from Japan was here. That original 240Z looked—and drove—like a high-end GT machine. And it did so without the high-end price.

Today, though, the Z faces lots of competition. If you’re looking for a coupe, the FR-S and BRZ dominate our market. Looking for more speed and have a bit more cash? Then it’s hard to argue against a used Corvette or Cayman.

Then there’s the 370Z Roadster. We love convertibles, but this one just never really became part of our world. Despite less power, the Mazda MX-5 simply does a better job at being that two-seat convertible.

The Z Roadster has plenty of power, but it’s still too big for what it’s trying to be. Plus, to be honest, it’s not the prettiest shape out there. The Z works better as a coupe.

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racerdave600
racerdave600 SuperDork
8/11/16 4:35 p.m.

Mine was a Touring Sport, but a coupe. I regret everyday getting rid of it and getting a BRZ. Maybe I'm getting old.

Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
8/11/16 10:09 p.m.

I dont know all that much about the 370z but wasnt one of its initial downfalls that people claimed the brakes would go away far too quickly? Bigger brakes sounds nice.

I have driven a 370z and an FRS and while i liked the overall look, proportion, and interior of the FRS better, i certainly had more fun driving the 370z and for the same money would have picked that over the 86.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/11/16 10:24 p.m.

Yeah, the bigger brakes should be a welcome addition. Personally, I think the 370Z works much better as a coupe. As a convertible, it just seems forced.

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