Future Cars

First Look: 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

If you enjoyed everything about the except for its fixed roof, the 2010 Roadster may tickle your fancy.

That fastback roof has been cut away, creating a shapely two-place roadster. We’re certain the buxom rear fenders may ignite debate amongst Z fans, but Nissan claims their form, coupled with the soft top’s profile, helps the Roadster resemble the coupe when the top is up.

This design strategy is similar to that employed on the new Infiniti G37 Convertible, but the top design itself is radically different. The 370Z still uses a power-folding soft top, although its entire operation – including latching to the windshield header – is done completely automatically. It’s fast, too – Nissan says it can be stowed or deployed in as little as twenty seconds.

Features and content groups differ little from those on the 370Z coupe, although Touring models do gain unique leather trimmed seats with mesh inserts. They’re similar to those that were offered in the 350Z Roadster, although they’re now heated and cooled, and available in grey, black, or maroon hides.

Nissan hasn’t announced pricing for the new Z Roadster, but expect cars to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the late summer.