The Nissan 370Z coupe was redesigned for 2009. The Z competes with cars ranging from the Mazda RX-8 to the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro. There is also a convertible 370Z, as well as a high-performance NISMO 370Z.
New for 2010
Beyond the addition of the convertible, there are no significant changes for 2010.
The Z features a roofline with a low-cut slant and boomerang-shaped headlights, which look a bit like the ones on Nissan's flagship Maxima sedan. Vertical pillars split the front air dam, while the taillights have a similar boomerang shape.
- Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
- Optional 19-inch alloy wheels
- Standard dual exhaust pipes
The Z's interior has a minimalist look, with a sculpted dash wrapping around the gauges and passenger confines. A three-spoke steering wheel carries a simple "Z" logo, while the center controls have leather-stitched accents flanking each side.
- Standard keyless entry with push-button start
- Standard power windows and locks
- Standard four-speaker stereo with steering-wheel controls
- Eight-way driver's-seat adjustment, four-way passenger seat
- Optional heated leather seats
- Optional navigation system and six-CD Bose stereo
Under the Hood
There's only one engine available for the coupe. The Z's 3.7-liter V-6 uses Nissan's high-tech VVEL valve-lift system — not unlike BMW's Valvetronic — to achieve 332 horsepower at a zingy 7,000 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and it comes with Nissan's new downshift rev-match feature, which matches downshifts like a good heel-and-toe driver might do on a racetrack.
- Standard 332-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque
- Standard six-speed manual transmission
- Optional seven-speed automatic
- Standard four-wheel vented disc brakes
Safety features include:
- Standard dual front-, side-impact and side curtain airbags
- Standard active head restraints
- Standard antilock brakes
- Standard traction control and electronic stability system
- Optional upgraded 14.0-inch brake discs
The NISMO 370Z
The NISMO 370Z is built for the racing enthusiast. The exterior is marked by an extended nose, side sills and a different rear than the coupe. The interior sports a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, as well as black and red fabric with red stitching. The NISMO has a more powerful engine than the coupe or roadster. It runs on a 350-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 276 pounds-feet of torque. It's paired with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission that also features Nissan's downshift rev-match feature. Other features include:
- Standard five-spoke, 19-inch alloy wheels
- Standard limited-slip differential
- Standard sport brakes
- Standard functional rear spoiler (Back to top)
The 370Z roadster shares many characteristics with the coupe, including engine, transmission, suspension and exterior design. The most obvious departure is its power convertible top.
Other features include:
- Added body reinforcements
- Available heated and cooled seats
- Available Bluetooth hands-free phone system
- Available satellite radio and navigation system (Back to top)
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