New Nissan 370Z. Finally. Again. Still.

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

After Carlos Ghosn spent an hour blowing a green smoke screen at his keynote address about the future of the auto industry, Nissan released the new 2009 370z, the most powerful Z car so far. With 332hp going to the rear wheels and a new seven-speed automatic transmission, Nissan one-upped themselves with a manual transmission that rev matches for you. With new sheetmetal that could have been penned by Porsche, and an interior that goes to “Infiniti” (but not beyond), the new Z is the poor man’s, uh, Porsche. The coupe starts at $30k. And what a sound it makes…

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  • Sabastian Sabastian on Nov 20, 2008

    Hopefully they've learned to make it sound good on the inside as well as the outside.

  • Bts Bts on Nov 20, 2008

    Quote: the duke Second, look at what Nissan has done with the VQ V-6 and compare: 2009 Z: 3.7L V-6, 332hp (EPA 17/26 w/6MT)* 2010 Mustang: 4.0L V-6, 210hp (EPA 17/26 w/ 5MT) 2010 Mustang: 4.6L V-8, 315hp (EPA: 15/23 w/ 5MT) 2010 Camaro: 3.6L V-6, 300hp (EPA highway 26)** You fail to mention the Z requires premium fuel while the Mustang and Camaro use regular to make the power shown. The Z’s motor does not use direct injection (as does the Camaro) - but it does have variable valve lift - and still has a higher specific output while achieving essentially the same (if not better) fuel economy. The mustang numbers speak (quite poorly) for themselves). The Camaro's engine wasn't designed for premium fuel. Had it been I would expect higher numbers. While I admit the current Mustang's numbers aren't great, the future 3.5 v6 Ecoboost will have some great figures. This car is everything the 2010 Mustang and Camaro are not. You are absolutely right. The Z is missing 2 usable rear seats and a good sized trunk. If fuel economy is your big issue you just answered your own question. The Z really isn't special. The Corvette on the other hand is with it's lower weight, 104 more hp, 16 mpg city/26 highway.

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  • ToolGuy Personally I have no idea what anyone in this video is talking about, perhaps someone can explain it to me.
  • ToolGuy Friendly reminder of two indisputable facts: A) Winners buy new vehicles (only losers buy used), and B) New vehicle buyers are geniuses (their vehicle choices prove it):
  • Groza George Stellantis live off the back of cheap V8 cars with old technology and suffers from lack of new product development. Now that regulations killed this market, they have to ditch the outdated overhead.They are not ready to face the tsunami of cheap Chinese EVs or ready to even go hybrid and will be left in the dust. I expect most of their US offerings to be made in Mexico in the future for good tariff protection and lower costs of labor instead of overpriced and inflexible union labor.