Nov 2011 11

2011 Nissan 370Z Convertible

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Por Daniel alvarez

This week we have a 2011 Nissan 370Z Convertible featuring a 3.7L V6 engine giving it a little over 330 hp. The Z came with the touring trim and is everything a high- performance sports car should be. This is remarkable too, as the convertible weighs about 200 pounds more than its coupe counterpart.

The Touring package came fully loaded. It has features as in leather sports seats with multi- adjustable positions, keyless entry/ push start, Bose surround sound system, universal remote transmitter, and all other standard features that you would expect of a car of this caliber.   The options included were the navigation package that includes a hard-drive-based touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates, voice recognition, digital music storage, Bluetooth audio streaming, an iPod interface and a rearview camera. The rearview camera is very accurate and provides a clear picture. You may find yourself parking in reverse more often!

The interior has high-quality materials and solid construction throughout its cabin. Our touring trim looked great with leather upholstery and faux suede door inserts. The convertible top took roughly 20 seconds to open/close and is fully automatic. Rear visibility can be a problem as the Z also has large blind spots.

The performance of the 370Z is fantastic. The V6 produces 270 ft-lbs of torque @ 5200 rpm and 332 hp @ 7000 rpm. The same engine is fitted in the coupe and the convertible with the convertible being just .4 tenths of a second slower in the 0 to 60 mph mark. The additional 200 pounds affect the Z ever so slightly. When having traction control off and trying to get tail loose, you start to want a bit more horsepower to compensate for the weight. Aside from this, the Z has amazing cornering. In daily driving, off ramps were taken at 80-90 mph with ease. Minimal steering input was needed and the car was perfectly balanced. Unfortunately, our model was not fitted with the SynchroRev match system and downshifting was extremely stiff.

Nissan brings the Z with everything enthusiasts love about a high- performance sports car. You’ll want to keep the Z just above 3000 rpm to hear the beautiful engine notes. The convertible gets 18-MPG city/ 25-MPG highway with an average recorded at about 20-MPG. The 2011 Nissan 370Z convertible has a sticker price of $38,200 for the basic model making it a great affordable sports car.

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