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Nissan 370Z: Australian Debut

Motoring Channel Staff - 27/February/2009

Nissan 370Z
Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z
The Nissan 370Z will be on sale in Australia
half-way through 2009 priced from under $70k

Nissan 370Z
With 245kW of power, the Nissan
370Z will be a stronger performer

Nissan 370Z
The new body shape is "respectful but not retro"

Melbourne, Australia Nissan's iconic 'Zed' car will return to Australia mid-way through 2009, priced at $67,990.

Making its local debut at the Melbourne International Motor Show, the Nissan 370Z is packed with a larger 3.7-litre engine than its predecessor and is expected to be much faster too, especially the 7-speed automatic versions.

Unlike the previous Nissan 350Z line-up, which had two model grades, there will be only one model available with either a 6-speed manual ($67,990) or a 7-speed automatic ($70,990).

Engine power has been boosted from 230 to 245 kilowatts and torque rises from 358 to 363 Newton metres, all of which is transferred to the wide rear wheels.

Nissan Australia's managing director, Dan Thompson, says "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.

"It provides passionate performance at an excellent value – just what was needed then and just what sports car enthusiasts are looking for today," says Thompson.

If you can't get to the Melbourne Motor Show to check out the car, it's may be worth reading the Nissan press release:

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 lightweight body materials, new engine with more horsepower and a new 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, as well as the world’s first synchronized down/up shift rev control system for the manual transmission.

Now in its 40th year, the Z became an icon of global, affordable sportscar passion. The new 370Z continues Nissan’s philosophy of design, performance and technical innovation, offering authentic performance, true sportscar handling and athletic, agile design.

The 370Z will launch in Australia mid-year in one, comprehensively equipped specification grade at $67,990 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 $68,990).

New Exterior: More athletic, more muscular, 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 100mm shorter than the previous generation Z (2550mm versus 2650mm), while overall length is reduced by 65mm (4250mm versus 4320mm). At the same time, the overall width been increased by 30mm and the rear track by 50mm.

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 sportscar 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, creating an ideal area for storing briefcases. A retractable cover is standard on the 370Z and 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 moniker 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 7500rpm redline, improved lowend power and more high-end torque, creating an entirely new driving experience.

Approximately 35 percent of the engine’s parts are new, versus the previous design. Power is up at 245kW, while torque has improved to 363Nm (Ref: 350Z is 230kW & 358Nm).

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 synchronized 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.

Related Links:
Nissan 370Z (2009)
Nissan 350Z (2007 Road Test)
Nissan 350Z (2005 Road Test)
- Nissan 350Z (2003 Road Test)
Nissan 350Z Nismo Type 380RS (2008)
Nissan GT-R SpecV (2009)
Nissan GT-R (2009)
Nissan X-Trail (Road Test)
Nissan Micra (Road Test)
Nissan Silvia/200SX (2010)
- Nissan Maxima (Road Test)
- Nissan Tiida (Road Test)

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