New Nissan 370Z: More Agile, More Compact, More Thrills
The new Nissan 370Z .....
arriving mid-year in Australia.
1st March, 2009
New Nissan 370Z continues the Z-car 'bloodline' offering
an authentic sports car experience with enhanced performance and handling thanks to its more compact
dimensions and attention to weight saving.
In the first full redesign of the iconic Nissan Z since its re-introduction in 2003, the new 370Z now
sports a shorter wheelbase, greater use of light weight body materials, new engine with more power and a
new 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, as well as the world’s first synchronised
down/up shift rev control system for the manual transmission.
Now in its 40th year, the Z became an relatively affordable iconic sports car. The new 370Z continues
Nissan’s philosophy of design, performance and technical innovation, offering authentic performance and
sports car handling with a stylish design.
Nissan Australia Managing Director, Dan Thompson said, “The 240Z made its Australian debut in 1970
– a few months after the global unveiling in Tokyo in October 1969 – and it began an exciting lineage
that built a dedicated fan base. The new 370Z builds on the best features of both the first and last
generations Z–cars – respectful but not retro, simple yet sophisticated, and unmistakably Z.”
The 370Z will launch in Australia mid-year in one, comprehensively equipped specification grade at
$67,990 (RRP) for the 6-speed manual and $70,990 for the 7-speed automatic transmission version –
representing a major value advantage over the outgoing 350Z Track manual (which was priced at
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New Exterior: 100% Z.
The 2009 370Z’s dynamic new styling offers dual benefits – a more aggressive appearance and a lighter,
tighter structure for enhanced performance. The new Z’s wheelbase is nearly 100 mm shorter than the
previous generation Z (2,550 mm versus 2,650 mm), while overall length is reduced by 65 mm (4,250 mm
versus 4,320 mm). At the same time, the width been increased by 30 mm and the rear track by 50 mm.
Along with its new structure and stance, the 370Z has a taut new skin – completely new, yet
unmistakably Z. The exterior design incorporates intentional 240Z styling cues, a “dynamic motion”
feel with a dramatic cantilevered roof (with Nissan GT-R styling cues).
370Z Interior: putting the driver into action
The interior design of the new 370Z continues the Z tradition of driving for driving’s sake.
Particular attention has been paid to the quality of the material, as well as the fit and finish.
The traditional 2-seat sports car layout is built around a deeply scooped instrument panel with a
full-length centre console separating the driver and passenger’s seat. In the rear is an open luggage
area with improved storage and accessibility.
Interior packaging also improves on the previous generation, including the removal of the rear strut
brace (replaced with less intrusive structural reinforcements) and by adding a new “shelf” area behind
the seats, providing an ideal area for storing briefcases. A retractable cover is standard on the 370Z
and a locking glove compartment has been added.
Life on board is upgraded with the addition of standard satellite navigation, Bluetooth and a
premium-feel material on seats, armrest and door trims add a luxury-car feel.
3.7-litre engine: the Z’s pounding 'heart'
As its new monicker suggests, the new 370Z is now powered by a 3.7 litre VQ37VHR engine with VVEL
(Variable Valve Event and Lift). Along with its larger displacement, the new engine gives
better power delivery all the way to the 7,500 rpm redline, improved low-end power and more
high-end torque, providing an entirely new driving experience.
Approximately 35 per cent of the engine’s parts are new, versus the previous design. Power is
up at 245 kW, while torque has improved to 363 Nm (350Z was 230 kW & 358 Nm).
The new engine is backed by a choice of two new advanced transmissions, both designed to
improve driver performance. The newly improved close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox includes the
world’s first synchronised down/up shift rev control system, which allows drivers of any skill
level to experience perfectly smooth gear shifts every time. The “SynchroRev” control function
automatically adjusts engine speed when changing gear to the exact speed of the next gear
position, essentially “blipping” the throttle to smooth out any down/up shifts. “This exciting
new Z represents the essence of the Nissan brand, just as the original 240Z did nearly 40 years
before,” said Thompson. “It provides passionate performance at an excellent value – just
what was needed then and just what sports car enthusiasts are looking for today.”
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