Nissan 370Z Roadster (2009) scoop

Published: 04 November 2008

Nissan may have barely drawn breath from announcing initial details of its all-new 370Z, but it’s already working flat out on the Roadster version of its new coupe. As our exclusive artist’s impression shows, there’s no real surprise to the ragtop’s styling – despite squeezing a fully automatic fabric roof and its electro-hydraulic folding gubbins in between the boot and rear bulkhead, Nissan’s engineers have thankfully left the car’s low-slung muscular stance untouched.

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Details surrounding the Roadster – which should arrive in the UK in late 2009 with a sub £33,000 price tag – are still shrouded in secrecy, but insiders claim that roofless chassis has been meticulously overhauled and strengthened around the A-pillar and side sills, making it much stiffer than the current car’s. This has allowed technicians to dial more precision and poise into the suspension and steering. No more wobbly dash over rough surfaces, then…

What hasn’t changed is what it borrows from the coupe – Nissan’s latest 3.7-litre V6 that’s good for an anticipated 340bhp, chunky six-cog transmission, a tail-happy rear-drive chassis and a snug two-seater cabin. We’ll have more details of the Coupe – and by association, the Roadster – on Wednesday 19 November, when Nissan releases more specifications.

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