The latest iteration of Nissan's famed Z car, the 2011 370Z, continues the tradition of forward-looking design and affordable performance, though this year the prices on that performance creep upward a bit. The least expensive entry into the 370Z range, the base six-speed manual coupe, starts from $30,610, while those looking for open-top Z-car fun will have to shell out at least $37,520.
The price rises see about $400-$700 added to the nose of each coupe in the range, with the Nismo 370Z rising $800 to $39,990. The Roadster gets a similar price hike, and once again holds the potential to be the priciest of 370Zs, with the seven-speed paddle-shifted automatic Roadster Touring starting from $42,370.
Nissan's price rises for 2011 are much larger than those from the 2009-2010 model years, which saw about $60 price increases on average. The higher rises this year are no doubt due in part to the relative weakness of the U.S. dollar, as there are no major feature changes or additions to the lineup to justify the added cost.
The 370Z is still home to one of the most innovative manual transmissions on the market, however, the SynchroRev unit, combining the easy-shifting rev-matching of a dual-clutch transmission with the simple joy of an actual clutch pedal and shift lever.
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