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The Nissan 370Z Roadster Is Officially Dead

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But will it be back for the next-generation Nissan Z car?

Nissan recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic Z car with the launch of the aptly named 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition. While we're still waiting for the next-generation Nissan Z car to arrive, your options for the current 370Z are more limited because the Nissan 370Z Roadster is officially dead.

Speaking to MotorAuthority, Nissan spokesman Kyle Torrens confirmed the automaker "will not offer the Roadster variant for the current-generation Z beginning with model year 2020." That explains why the roadster was notably absent when Nissan announced pricing details for the 2020 370Z. If you were hoping to buy a new 370Z Roadster, you're out of luck unless some dealers still have some leftover models.

The death of the Roadster only adds to the uncertainty surrounding the Z car's future. Some reports have suggested the Nissan Z car is dead, others claim a next-generation version is in the works. Recently, the automaker told Top Gear we "should keep the faith" about the next-generation Z car and GT-R, but fans are understandably getting impatient. It's already been ten years since the 370Z debuted, Nissan.

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The roadster has been a part of the current 370Z's lineup since 2009 when it debuted for the 2010 model year. From the 2020 model year, you'll only be able to buy the coupe version of the 370Z, which starts at $30,985 with a manual transmission or $31,490 for an automatic.

A range-topping 370Z Nismo coupe, on the other hand, will set you back $47,190 with the optional automatic transmission. No matter which model you choose, all 370Z models come with a 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, while the Nismo version gets an extra 18 hp from the same engine. The 370Z Roadster may be dead, but don't despair because there's still a chance Nissan will bring it back if the next-generation Z car gets the green light.