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Posted: 21 May 2010
Combined with the Z's lighter and stronger redesigned suspension and a host of other tweaks to almost every part of the car you can and can't see, the new Z Roadster is almost 150lb lighter on its fat Bridgestone Potenza tyres than the old car. True it still weighs around 200lb more than the coupe, but when you dial in the larger V6 engine's performance - a hearty 26bhp lustier than the 350's output - unless you were driving them back to back you'd be hard pressed to feel any difference at all.
On a tried and tested stretch of Mulholland Drive, a thin ribbon of earthquake damaged road that quickly shows up any car chassis shortcomings, the new Z Roadster shocked me with its unshakeable ability to scythe around the series of switchbacks that has tied many more expensive convertibles in knots. Driving down a bit that turns everything from Corvettes to BMWs to jelly, the Z hardly budged at all.