First pictures of Nissan 370Z coupe caught testing
9 October 2008

These are the first spy pictures of the Nissan 370Z, due to be unveiled next month at the Los Angeles motor show.

The successor to the 350Z was caught testing by our spies in Germany, and shows the complete look of the new car thanks to the low levels of disguise. The Nissan 370Z is shorter and wider than the 350Z it replaces, but maintains the coupe’s distinctive styling and vertical door handles, although they’re much smaller.

The car gets a version on Nissan’s 3.7-litre V6, as used in the Infiniti’s European models. That means the 370Z will have at least 326bhp, a substantial improvement over the 309bhp of the 350Z.

The 370Z’s shorter and broader stance has created a more aggressive look. It keeps the split twin exhaust but looks to have more pronounced rear haunches, emphasising its increased power and agility.

The 370Z will get a significantly improved interior, bringing it more into line with the sector and its competitors. A diesel version is expected later in the cars lifecycle to challenge Audi’s sporty TT oil-burner.

Customers will get the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic with paddle-shift controls when the 370Z goes on sale in the UK in the first half of 2009.

George Barrow

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9 October 2008

I'm a big fan of the Fairlady since the 90's but I have to say that this new one looks like a 911 Carrera of the 90s espescially the 996. Come one Nissan, you made us jaw drop with the GTR, please do the same with Fairlady.

9 October 2008

Got to say I rather like it. It looks tougher than the old one, but nice and compact too. I still won't be able to carry the kids in it though...

9 October 2008

Shorter wheel base - more oversteer - more fun!



It's all about the twisties........

9 October 2008

Looks great, but so does the current version. Why on earth are they doing a diesel version? A diesel engine has no place in a car like this.

9 October 2008

[quote wigsworld] Looks great, but so does the current version. Why on earth are they doing a diesel version? A diesel engine has no place in a car like this.[/quote]

People will buy it though.

9 October 2008

[quote NiallOswald]People will buy it though. [/quote]

I'm sure they will, the fools! Won't be long before we have diesel Porsches and Ferraris. What is the world coming to?

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