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Nissan 350Z Roadster (2008)

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The 350Z Roadster, first introduced as a 2004 model, continues to be the premier open-air sports car for top-down driving enthusiasts. For 2008, 350Z Roadster is offered in three models: Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring.

The Z Roadster features a power-operated soft top with heated glass rear window, which transforms from top-up to top-down in about 20 seconds. The top stows compactly under a lightweight, powered tonneau cover, completely hiding the top when down. The three-lock, single latch system provides a secure seal, while also making the opening and closing process easier.

Numerous structural reinforcements were incorporated to strengthen the Z Roadster unibody (versus the 350Z Coupe), including a center floor V-shaped cross bar connecting the side sills and a front A-shaped cross bar reinforcing the front end. Additional reinforcement was added at the door openings and a triple-member was added to the seating area connecting the sides to the floor structure to provide enhanced rigidity.

A tempered glass wind deflector, located between the seats, directs wind out and over the cabin when the top is down, reducing interior noise. Seatbelt fasteners are standard to help keep seatbelts from flapping in the wind. As a result, the Z Roadster is among the leading competitors for low top-down interior noise.

Like the Z Coupe, the Z Roadster's instrument panel features three gauge pods consisting of the drive computer, oil pressure gauge and voltmeter, as well as modern touches such as the optional navigation system with a 7.0-inch display.

A special offering on Z Roadster are Burnt Orange ventilated leather-trimmed net seats (Touring and Grand Touring only). The 6-way power net-style seats are made with a woven seat cloth center insert and feature an opening in the seatback so that the driver can feel a wind flow during top-down driving and are heated for even more comfort.

The Z Roadster makes the most of available storage space, with a standard lockable luggage box capable of storing a briefcase and sufficient trunk space, even with the top retracted. The trunk has up to 4.1 cubic feet of useable room for storage.

Model and Options

The 2008 350Z Roadster is offered in three well-equipped models Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring.

Standard 350Z Roadster Enthusiast features include power seats, power-operated soft top and tonneau, rear wind deflector, 18-inch cast aluminum-alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, automatic climate control, a choice of 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, standard side-impact air bags and more.

The 350Z Roadster Touring model features a 7-speaker Bose audio system with 6-disc CD changer and heated leather-appointed seats.

The 350Z Roadster Grand Touring model adds Brembo brakes and Vehicle Dynamic Control.

Four options are available on the 2008 350Z Coupe and Roadster: a DVD-based navigation system (Touring and Grand Touring models only), a grey top (for Roadster models, substitutes for the standard black top), Burnt Orange net-style seats (Roadster Touring and Grand Touring models) and side and curtain side-impact supplemental air bags (Coupe).

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