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Posted: 21 May 2010
That might sound like ridiculously lofty company for a Nissan, but the numbers for this Roadster stack up just as well as they do for the two other cars on paper and on the road. The Boxster is bettered by the hardtop Cayman by 0.1secs to 60mph and has a top speed 2mph faster. The removable-roofed Veyron Grand Sport is 0.2secs slower to 60mph and 29mph behind the fixed-roof Veyron at the top end. And the Z Roadster is just 0.4secs slower to 60 and a couple of mph slower all out.
But what even these numbers don't tell you - and your seat of the pants does - is how these cars handle in relation to their enclosed relatives. And that's extraordinarily well. A Boxster is only marginally slower around a circuit than a same-engined Cayman; the Grand Sport is no more of a liability in the bends than the standard Veyron; and now the 370Z Roadster is, almost shockingly, as precise and quick as the regular car. If that sounds like heavy praise for the Z, that's because it is.