Nissan has released official details of the new 370Z ahead of the coupe’s launch early in 2009.
The Nissan 370Z is shorter than the outgoing 350Z (4224mm, compared with 4312mm) and has a shorter wheelbase (2550mm versus 2649mm); Nissan says that this should sharpen the handling.
The new Z-car’s squat shape has been altered to improve aerodynamics. It’s much lighter, too, at 1466kg compared with the Nissan 350Z’s 1621kg. Reducing weight has been a key priority for Nissan’s engineers, who have used lightweight materials extensively in 370Z’s construction.
The roof, bonnet and doors are all aluminium, while the driveshaft is carbonfibre. The front mid-mounted 3.7-litre V6 engine delivers its full 327bhp at 7000rpm, and redlines 500rpm higher than the old 3.5 at 7500rpm. Peak torque of 270lb ft won’t arrive until 5200rpm.
Nissan has also revealed the name of the unique downshift rev-matching system for the six-speed manual gearbox. ‘SynchroRev Match’ blips the throttle for you on downshifts, making the 370Z the only manual car in the world with such a system. The 370Z will also be available with a seven-speed auto.
The 370Z’s brakes are larger than the 350Z’s, too, with 14in Nissan Sport discs behind 18in alloy wheels (19in lightweight five-spoke alloys will be optional). Customers will be able to choose between Yokohoma Advan Sport tyres or Bridgestone Potenzas.
Prices will start at around £28,500 for the basic model, rising to £32,000 for the higher-spec GT edition. The 370Z goes in sale in the UK in January.