#7. A curvy road with tight corners? Bring it on.
Our extended test of the Z Roadster included more twists and turns than we care to count, though we remember tackling most of them with surprising speed and full confidence. Despite the tires on our tester showing a bit of wear, the front end gripped without hesitation no matter how hard we buried it into a corner, and a stab of the throttle did exactly what we expected – hooked up the outside rear tire and dug in for traction. The Z is very easy to drive hard and fast on some of our favorite roads, and enthusiasts will appreciate the latitude granted by the stability control system. No electronic police reigning things in much too soon here. The driver does have the option of turning those safety systems off, but with all the fun we were having, there was never a need to do so.
With that kind of balance and flat cornering, you may not be surprised to learn that the Z Roadster’s ride is stiff, though not to the point of rattling your fillings. Steering is tight and responsive at all speeds, offering helpful communication between the road surface and the driver’s hands, and braking is progressive and absent of fade or shudder.