2009 Nissan 370Z Road Test (Inside Line Video)

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The 370Z uses the same VQ37VHR powerplant found in the Infiniti G37 – a V6 displacing 3.7-liter – delivering 332 horsepower and 26 mpg on the highway. Those 332 horses will be sent to the 370Z’s rear wheels via either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. Of note, the six-speed 370Z will be the first vehicle to offer a synchronized downshift rev matching system with a manual transmission.
As expected, the 370Z will offer a serious performance upgrade over the current 350Z. The 370Z will ride on a shorter wheelbase than the current car, and will also use more lightweight materials. Those changes net a lighter curb weight, meaning all around performance – acceleration, braking and cornering – will see a marked improvement.

Suspension duties for the new car will be handled by a double wishbone setup up front with a multi-link setup out back. Brembo brakes and 18 and 19 inch wheels will also be part of the 370Z package.

The 370Z should offer buyers a little more cargo room – although the coupe is not cavernous by any stretch of the imagination – thanks to the relocation of the car’s trunk-mounted support member.

The 2009 370Z will come in two trim levels – base and Touring – with the entry-level car listing from $29,930. Look for the new Z to hit dealers in the first part of 2009

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