Nissan 370Z: Australian Debut
Motoring Channel Staff - 27/February/2009
The Nissan 370Z will be on sale in Australia
half-way through 2009 priced from under $70k
With 245kW of power, the Nissan
370Z will be a stronger performer
The new body shape is "respectful but not retro"
– Nissan's iconic 'Zed' car will return to Australia mid-way through 2009, priced at $67,990.
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
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).
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
New Exterior: More athletic, more muscular, 100% Z
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
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
370Z Interior: putting the driver into action
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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
“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
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