Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nissan 370Z Review

It’s one of the world’s most recognisable sports car brands. And with its updated looks, lower weight and more powerful engine, the Nissan 370Z looks to be the best Z-car yet.

Every aspect of the newcomer has been changed over the 350Z it replaces, starting with the exterior. While it’s clearly inspired by the current car, the 370Z has a wheelbase that’s 100mm shorter and front and rear tracks that are 15mm and 55mm wider respectively. This means the 370Z has a stockier shape than its predecessor, while the flared rear wheelarches create an aggressive look.

Details include arrow shaped front and rear light clusters, while Z emblems double as side indicators. The Ultimate spec version we drove comes with 19-inch forged alloy wheels as standard.

Most impressive, though, is that despite all the changes, the new 370Z has managed to weigh in 32kg less than the 350Z. It’s helped largely by the extensive use of aluminium in the doors, rear hatch and bonnet which, along with the shorter wheelbase, helps the car’s agility.

Inside, build quality impresses. A combination of orange and black suede and leather lines the doors and seats, although the area around the gearlever still feels a bit cheap. There is much to admire about the 370Z’s interior, though. The driving position is lower and provides better support around the shoulders. Standard kit has increased, too. This range-topping Ultimate version has sat-nav and an eight-speaker Bose stereo as standard.

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