Nissan announced the pricing for the 2012 370Z sports car lineup.

The 370Z is available to buyers in three main flavors: Coupe, roadster and a more aggressive NISMO version.

There are a few minor changes to the Z from last year's car, but every model will come with an oil cooler as standard; welcome news to those who push their car to the limit on a regular basis.

Base model

Pricing for the base model Z car is set at $31,450, an $840 increase over the 2011 model year car. The base model features a six speed manual gearbox with Nissan's computer assisted rev-match system. Buyers who prefer their cars with two pedals will have to shell out an additional $1,300.

Roadster

The roadster is offered up two different ways. There is a base model for those looking to get into a drop top for cheap, and a touring model that comes with leather and suede seats, an upgraded stereo and a few other creature comforts.

The big news for the roadster version is that Nissan has dropped the manual gearbox from the base model. Now, Nissan buyers who want to shift their own gears and put the roof down will have to spring for the touring version at $42,200.

The price for the base 370Z Roadster with an auto gearbox is $39,500, a $630 bump in price.

Nismo

The Nismo tuned 370Z cars are built for the enthusiast. This car comes with a sport tuned computer, a freer flowing exhaust, a more aggressive suspension, different wheels and stickier tires.There's no automatic gearbox here, the Nismo car only comes with the 6 speed manual.

2012 pricing on the Nismo car will start at $40,830, an $840 increase over the 2011 car.

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J. Mark Sternberg is an automotive journalist, car enthusiast and writer with a degree from the University of Arizona. Mark is a devoted Formula 1 fan and also enjoys boating, flying and attending the occasional track day.

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