The brand new 2013 Nissan 370Z Roadster is an absolute treat of a car. Powered by a 3.7-liter V6, this car produces 332hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The model we were given to review was the 370Z Touring with the Sport package, which comes has a starting price of $47,000. While that is a steep price for a Nissan, you get every bit of your dollar’s worth of of this car.
Inside the car, you are greeted with two roomy seats and an inviting feeling. Both the steering wheel and center console were free of clutter and only had the buttons that are necessary. The media center and navigation system were simple to use after the brief learning curve. As far as space goes, the 2013 370z has plenty of room. Our 6’4″ colleague had plenty of legroom and headroom in cockpit, which is quite a feat for such a small looking car. However, if you happen to be a 7″ being, you may have to put the top down, which takes about 20 seconds.
From the outside this car screams ‘sports car‘. It has a tight little body and front fascia that is simple yet powerful. My favorite part of the front end were the LEDs on the sides that are reminiscent of Master Chief’s helmet from the video game Halo. The styling all around the 2013 370z Touring Roadster is fantastic. It has a short wheelbase, low ground clearance and the car itself is quite short. All of this allows for a low center of gravity, which allows for a fun and exciting drive.
The 3.7-liter V6 that powers this car provides plenty of power off of the line and even through higher speeds. You can choose either the 6-speed manual transmission or the 7-speed automatic transmission. Both come with Downshift rev matching which does exactly what you think it does. While this system may help those who are unfamiliar with a manual transmission, I felt like I was cheating the manual transmission. My daily driver is a manual, and part of the fun is rev matching, because when you get that perfect downshift, you feel like a racecar driver for a split second. But then that feeling is gone within seconds because you realize you are stuck in traffic in an old Mustang.
If you are looking for a top-of-the-line sports car without the $100k price tag, I highly suggest you take one for a test drive at your local Nissan dealer. I had a blast with this car and was very surprised with how well it performed. While the MSRP is near $50k, if will give you every dollars worth.