Design sketches have confirmed that Nissan is getting ready to chop off the 370Z's roof. The sketches were submitted to the European Trademark Office.

While it may have been taken for granted that Nissan would eventually build a drop-top version of its new 370Z, no confirmation had been forthcoming until now. These are the sketches of the topless 370Z as they were submitted to the European Trademark Office.

The car shows some unusual shapes. For example the boot seems to be severely truncated as a result of the smooth sloping rear hatch being chopped. The shapely roofline appears to have disappeared too. Other than that Nissan has improved the work they did on the 350Z roadster by enabling the car's beltline to rise up smoothly and meet with the top of the boot. This makes it look more flowing, unlike the 350Z roadster which look abrupt in that area.

A public debut is expected at the New York Auto Show which would cement the 370Z's current standing as a US-focused car since the coupe debuted at the LA Auto Show this past November. Specs are not available as yet but we expect it to reflect the same engine and power output levels as the coupe. The coupe has a 3.7-litre V6 with 322hp (240kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque. Prices will be higher of course as it is with any convertible model of a coupe.