I, too, would love to own a new 370Z. Two-seaters, however, are much less practical than cars like the Mustang, which has a fairly usable back seat and a decent trunk. And you can't get a burbly V-8 and a stick shift in very many cars in this price range, including the Nissan. True, the Mustang's 4.6-liter V-8 puts out only 300 hp, but the engine's sound makes the car feel faster.
The face-lifted 2010 Mustang will be hitting the streets quite soon, so the market for an '09 like this vehicle is probably limited, particularly considering the current weak economy. The coolest feature of this car is definitely its gigantic fixed glass roof panel. According to fordvehicles.com, you can add this feature to any "Premium" Mustang for $1676. That price seems totally worth it to me, especially considering that the price difference between the base coupe and the base convertible is about $4200. With the glass roof you can enjoy the sun, but unlike a convertible, the cabin isn't windy in good weather and the roof lets in lots of light in poor weather, which really brightens up the somewhat grim interior. It'd be nice if the roof could open like the Pontiac G6, but the glass panel probably would have to be smaller, which would undermine the exterior looks and probably diminish the impact from within the car.
I can't wait to drive the '10 Stang, even though it's not much different from the '09 model.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor