Nissan 370Z Roadster
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Although not the fresh faces they once were, the 370Z Coupe and Roadster still offer lots of pop for the money; coupe-only NISMO model is ready to beat up on racetracks when Friday at 5 p.m. rolls around.

Drivetrain
A 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6; NISMO Coupe bumps the rating to 350.

We’ve been lucky that Nissan’s Z car has been so good for so long. Light, nimble, reasonably compact and a treat for the eyes and ears, this rear-wheel-drive two-seater is blessed with one of the sweetest engines — from both a sound and performance perspective — to be found in any car. The 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 is fitted with a six-speed manual transmission, but there’s an optional seven-speed automatic that includes SynchroRev Match, which is a system that, says Nissan, “essentially {blips} the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts.” This keeps the back of the car stable since the wrong engine speed at the wrong time can severely upset the balance, potentially causing a spin. All models use light-emitting-diode (LED) daytime running lights embedded in the front fascia and new black finishes for both the standard 18- and optional 19-inch wheels. For 2015, all of the features previously available in various option packages have now been incorporated into the various trim levels. Whether Coupe or soft-top Roadster, the base model features all the expected climate control/cruise/tilt gear along with push-button start, while Touring gets power-adjustable heated leather seats with faux suede inserts and matching bits on various touch-points inside. Both Touring and new Sport Tech (Coupe) and Touring Sport (Roadster) get the eight-speaker premium Bose audio system with a seven-inch touch-screen and navigation. Along with the rev-matching for the manual gearbox, the Sport and Sport Tech (Coupe) and Touring Sport (Roadster) trims feature larger 19-inch wheels and tires, front and rear spoilers and bigger brakes. For more driving thrills, there’s the limited-edition NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) Coupe that boosts power to 350 horses while adding a stiffer suspension, better brakes and a limited-slip differential. Changes for the NISMO model include much more aggressive exterior design inspired by the almighty GT-R, although the standalone rear spoiler is smaller than before. The 19-inch five-spoke Rays-brand wheels have also changed, but the whole package still adds six inches to the Z’s length.