Nissan Releases New Fairlady Z In Japan
25th January, 2009
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. released the all new, fully redesigned Fairlady Z sports car last month in Japan.
In the nearly 40 years since the first-generation S30 model debuted in 1969, the Fairlady Z has earned a
reputation as one of the most desirable sports cars in the world, with approximately 1.7 million units in
global sales to date.
The latest Fairlady Z, while embodying the first generation's signature "Z-ness" in terms of high
performance, design and high value, incorporates dramatic advances in dynamic performance and perceived
quality. The Z also offers a strong feeling of "newness," as expressed by its fresh exterior and interior
styling and new performance features.
The new Fairlady Z's enhanced performance characteristics are a result of its shorter wheelbase, reduced
weight and the adoption of the larger, more powerful VQ37VHR 3.7-litre V6 engine. It also offers the world's
first 6-speed manual transmission with synchronised rev control or a newly developed 7-speed automatic
transmission with a manual shift mode. The combination of more horsepower, new transmissions and a refined
suspension helps the Fairlady Z deliver the superior acceleration, cornering and stopping capabilities
expected of a true world-class sports car.
Helping the driver take full advantage of the new performance levels is a redesigned interior that aims
for "oneness" between the driver and the cockpit, combining sports car functionality with an impression of
stellar quality. And, along with its world-class dynamic performance and dynamic design, the new Fairlady Z
once again offers exceptional value, giving customers the confidence of having made a wise purchase decision.
A Refined, Sculptural Exterior That Is Pure Z
The Fairlady Z's unmistakable front-engine, rear-drive body proportions only hint at the overwhelming
performance inherent under its beautifully sculpted skin. Further notice of the exhilarating driving
experience that awaits is given by its iconic "Z-ness" - from the dynamic character line that runs from
the headlights to the rear, delineating the waistline and cabin arch to the flared rear guards that
strongly accentuate the drive wheels.
The headlights and the rear combination lamps function as the "stop, flick and pullout" motions that
end brush strokes in calligraphy. Their treatment produces a "boomerang motion" that has the intended
effect of drawing all the styling elements together.
The wheelbase of the new Fairlady Z has been shortened by 100 millimetres from that of the previous
model, offering not only crisper handling and dynamic performance but also a more aggressive sport
stance. The new Fairlady Z weighs approximately the same as the previous model, despite its enhanced
equipment features and the body rigidity measures that have been adopted to improve safety performance.
Significant weight savings were achieved by using aluminium for the bonnet, door panels and hatchback
and by optimising various body structures.
A raised Z emblem is integrated in the side turn lamps, adding an appropriate touch to the vehicle
known world over by a simple letter, Z.
The Fairlady Z comes in a choice of eight attractive body colours, including three all-new Nissan
colours: Premium Ultimate Yellow and two three Pearl-Coat (3P) colours - Premium LeMans Blue and
Brilliant White Pearl. All exterior colours are standard with Nissan's Scratch Shield, which
self-repairs minor scratch marks in the paint surface.
An Interior That Blends Sports Car Functionality With Superior Quality
The new Z's cockpit design pursues a sense of solid security and a feeling of unity with the driver.
For example, a wire frame was added to the shoulder portions of the driver's seat for better support.
The cushion and main section of the seatback are covered with a slide-resistant suede material. A low
driver's seat hip point keeps the body from shifting laterally, providing support for withstanding
powerful cornering forces. These features, along with a lumbar support, enable the driver to maintain
a proper driving posture at all times.
The interior features a new suede cloth, Forte Suede, which can be attached to three-dimensional
panel surfaces (something that was not possible with the types of trim cloth used previously). This
high quality, dense suede cloth has a pleasing tactile feel and imparts a soft, embracing sensation
to the cockpit area. The lid of the centre stack storage bin is covered with Sofilez, a new,
soft-touch synthetic leather that is embellished with double stitching. Meticulous attention was
also paid to the material, firmness and finish of the driver's kneepad, providing comfortable
support for the inside knee. The centre armrest is thoughtfully rounded to avoid interfering with
the driver's shifting action.
In addition, the layout of the pedals and steering wheel was revised for easier operation,
enabling the driver to execute driving actions quickly. In addition, the front pillars are
positioned so as to allow the driver to see ahead easily on curves, while maintaining wide
visibility to the right and left sides.
The new Fairlady Z's three large-diameter, independent meters feature a sporty design, excellent
legibility and superior functionality. The diameter of both the tachometer and speedometer was
increased and the shape of the steering wheel rim was extended outward on both sides to expand the
visible area of the meters. The traditional trio of ancillary gauges, a signature Z design from the
first-generation, now has an oil temperature gauge as befitting a true sports car (instead of an oil
This newest model is the first in the Fairlady Z series to adopt Nissan's Intelligent Key system
and a push-button engine starter. When the "Engine Start" button is pushed, the needles of the
tachometer, speedometer and the trio of three gauges swing in unison as the engine comes to life.
Other refinements for this generation Z include a glove compartment on the passenger side and
there is sufficient space behind the seats for carrying small items without folding the passenger's
seatback forward. An accessory case is provided that can be used to hold the vehicle inspection
certificate. The luggage area can hold two golf bags, and ease of loading/unloading items has been
improved. There is also a Bose sound system and an HDD-based CARWINGS navigation system
A choice of three interior colours is offered: Persimmon Orange, which expresses an emotional
mood; Black that provides a calm, composed ambience; and Grey, which gives the interior a bright,
cool and modern look.
Dramatic Advances in Responsive, Linear and Stable Performance
The new Fairlady Z is powered by the VQ37VHR engine with Nissan's Variable Valve Event and Lift
(VVEL) system. It generates maximum power of 247 kW (336 PS) at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque of 365
Nm (37.2 kgfm) at 5,200 rpm. Combining power with ease of driving, this remarkable engine
accelerates effortlessly and smoothly all the way to the high-speed range.
The Fairlady Z comes with the world's first 6-speed manual transmission with synchronised rev
control that regulates the engine speed to the optimum level, matching the driver's shifting action
when changing gears. Also offered is a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode that
lets drivers enjoy the direct shifting sensation of a manual gearbox along with world-class shift
The chassis combines a double-wishbone front suspension with a multi-link rear suspension. In
addition to adopting a dual-flow-path construction and internal rebound springs, the shock absorbers
incorporate high-responsive ripple control to provide both excellent handling response and supple
Aluminium-calliper opposed-piston Akebono brakes are fitted at all four wheels for driving ease in
urban areas and in congested traffic, together with stable braking performance on winding roads and
in high-speed cruising.
All of these features combine for an enhanced feeling of high performance, heightening the
sensation of driving.
Major Safety Features and Environmental Performance
Every new Fairlady Z comes equipped with a long list of standard safety features, including:
- Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
- Nissan's high-strength, safe Zone Body construction
- Body construction for mitigating pedestrian injuries (with pop-up bonnet)
- Dual SRS air bag systems for driver and passenger
- SRS side air bag systems for driver and passenger
- SRS curtain air bag systems
- Active Head Restraints
- Seatbelts with a pretensioner and load limiter
- And, low-friction seatbelts in both seats
All Fairlady Z models are certified as U-LEVs, emitting 50% fewer emissions than the levels mandated
by Japan's 2005 exhaust emission regulations. The new Z features a recyclability rate of more than 95%
(as calculated according to the guideline adopted by Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.
in 1998 concerning the definition and calculation method of the recyclability rate of new cars). The Z
also offers a reduction of interior volatile organic compounds (VOC).
Sales target for the domestic Japanese market is 500 units per month.
Nissan will release the Fairlady Z in Australia, as the 370Z, later this year.
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