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Old 02-08-2010, 09:14 AM   #1
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Back when the first Fairlady Z or 350Z came to the market, we had the chance to test both stock and Nismo version of this new coupe from Nissan, and despite Nissan’s efforts to offer an elegant roadster with a sport pedigree, we were quite disappointed with it, yes for sure the Nismo version was stunning but the stock version was just a fat lady in a fancy dress.

Discontent by this experience, but with striking memories of the all mighty GT-R, we had some mixed feelings about this new Z, and its new design “truncated” rear end did not appeal much to us in the beginning… But man… We were wrong.

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Regardless of its design, similar to the old 350Z, the New 370Z is a completely new and different car. Yes, the 370Z is from the ground-up a brand new car, where Nissan learned from its GT-R experience to bring the most of it.

In every aspect our new 370Z has been revisited, re-engineered or redesigned to better create a more polished performance machine.

Lighter than the 350Z, with a shorter wheelbase, better suspension and with improved rigidity, our new Z is an amazing sports machine fast and agile.

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Once seated behind the wheel you will immediately feel many changes here as well, like the car itself and design, the interior has been also redesigned, to offer a better driving experience, comfort and to match the actual standards.

Equipped with better material and better built, the new 370Z has nothing to be ashamed of compared to other sports car manufacturers like Porsche for example.

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Under the bonnet you will find the usual Nissan V6, but here as well reworked and retuned to offer 17 more HP than on the previous 350Z. Jumping from 3.5Lto 3.7L with now 332Hp with a red line at 6500rpm, our new Z is capable of achieving 0 to 100 (Naught to Sixty) in just 5.1 sec… Pretty descent spec and time for a car that just coasts around 44 000 € in Europe!

With all these in mind we decided then to give our car a Try and we would like to express our gratitude here to Nissan France for giving us almost a week to fully enjoy this new 370Z.

We already knew that this new Z had nothing in common with its predecessor, and Nissan France insisted on underlining this fact, and oh boy they were right!

Faster, Sharper and more demanding that its fat sister ,the 370Z is utterly a new sports machine.

Better stuck to the road, easy to drive in general, the Nissan 370Z gave us a new idea of what a compact sports car should be, or I dare to say MUST be… And here I am afraid; Porsche has a lot to learn in order for its Cayman or Cayman S to match Nissan’s 370Z’s pleasure of driving and performance.

We will even go further to compare by saying the 370Z has a mini GT-R when it comes to raw power and sports driving pleasure.

More accessible thanks to its new automatic heel-and-toe mode on the 6 speed manual gearbox version, better known as SynchroRev Match that will automatically blip the throttle during downshifts eliminating the need to heel-and-toe downshift. Our new 370Z can unveil the “pilot” in you without the needs to spend hours or even years to perfect the art of heel-and-toeing. Yes, the 370Z is a fun car to drive and even more fun when you know how to handle this beast.

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Now this said, driving a 370Z everyday is quite an easy thing, but being capable of truly mastering it is another thing. Unlike its predecessor or its competitor the Cayman S, the 370Z is a VERY demanding car, and could easily be your downfall if you start to drive like a jerk. Do not get me wrong here. The 370Z is a safe car, but if you ever want to drive fast you`d better know what you are doing, and despite its more rigid body, improved brake and safety features, the Nissan 370Z is a real sports car needed to be treated as such when pushing it.

We will even compare the shear power and sports driving experience of this Z to the New E92 BMW M3 where fast cornering needs to be executed by talented pilots.

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There are no doubts that this new Nissan 370Z will be for a long time one of our favorite Japanese sport coupe, cheaper than a Cayman S, Better on the day to day basis than a Cayman S, more enjoyable to push to the limit than a Cayman S, the New 370Z is a must have for any serious driver whiling to drive something different. But here again let us underline the fact that this new 370Z is no longer your good old 350Z and driving fast with this new wonder will force you to reconsider your driving skill.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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Jumping from 3.5Lto 3.7L with now 332Hp with a red line at 6500rpm, our new Z is capable of achieving 0 to 100 (Naught to Sixty) in just 5.1 sec… Pretty descent spec and time for a car that just coasts around 44 000 € in Europe!
does anyone besides me think $50k is a lot for a car? $50k used to be the mark for top of the line sport compacts like the legendary M3, now every other non-econobox car on the street has an MSRP north of $50k.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:34 AM   #3
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does anyone besides me think $50k is a lot for a car? $50k used to be the mark for top of the line sport compacts like the legendary M3, now every other non-econobox car on the street has an MSRP north of $50k.

Not sure what you mean. The 370Z starts of at $29K for the base model and tops off at just about $40K for the NISMO.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:45 AM   #4
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That's horrendous pricing. How much is a GT-R over there?
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:53 AM   #5
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In Germany the STI starts at ~ 45,400 €. So 44,000 € isn't outrageous for that market.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:43 AM   #6
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Euro pricing includes 15-20% VAT iirc and even after that isn't directly comparable to US pricing.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:54 AM   #7
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sounds like a win for Nissan.. i'm glad they're pushing the envelope when it comes to sports cars (GT-R). Also, giving something fun, capable, and affordable for the every day man (370Z).
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:20 PM   #8
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There are no doubts that this new Nissan 370Z will be for a long time one of our favorite Japanese sport coupe, cheaper than a Cayman S, Better on the day to day basis than a Cayman S, more enjoyable to push to the limit than a Cayman S, the New 370Z is a must have for any serious driver whiling to drive something different.
Okay...I was buying this writer's bs (somewhat) until I got to this line? Seriously?!!!

Has he even driven a Cayman S let alone pushed it to the limit? The 370Z feels like a heavy, understeering pig. The faster you go, the heavier the car feels. You can do magic behind the wheel of a Cayman S. Flick of opposite lock, and hard on the gas at corner exit. One of the only cars I'd trade my RX-8 for...
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:45 PM   #9
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US cost starts at $30k ish and loaded at $37k Keep in mind you can knock $5k off any MSRP so a double clutch touring at about $32k is quite a bargain. I'll take a 6 speed thanks
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:49 PM   #10
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That's horrendous pricing. How much is a GT-R over there?
We get the best cars at the lowest cost in USA. taxes especially on any imported cars or motorcycles in many countries can push the cost up 3x !! That really hurts when your country does not produce any cars at all.

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Old 02-08-2010, 02:40 PM   #11
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370z doesnt make a good track car in stock form at all
even the nismo package doesnt come with an oil cooler
do a search and find what kinda problem it brings ...
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:56 PM   #12
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Price is a bit high but I like the car.



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Old 02-08-2010, 03:08 PM   #13
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Didn't the brakes fade out on one of these things in a comparo test a few months back?
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:03 PM   #14
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Didn't the brakes fade out on one of these things in a comparo test a few months back?
Yup, in the C&D lap test around VIR. Anyone who thinks a 370Z can out handle a Cayman/Cayman S is seriously mis-informed.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:21 PM   #15
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Didn't the brakes fade out on one of these things in a comparo test a few months back?
C&D crashed their Nizmo 370Z on the latest Lightning Lap because the upgraded Nizmo pads failed. Also as a poster above noted tracking a 370Z for a short time will cause oil temperatures to raise to dangerous levels. Edmunds long term 370Z 6-speed transmission had to be replaced. If you have to have one of these cars, wait a year or two until Nissan gets the bugs out so you can track them because right now they are more for show than go and I personally am lukewarm on the busy styling of bulges and creases everywhere.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:28 PM   #16
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Wait, since when is the 370z new?
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:32 PM   #17
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Ditto. Are we going to have an article on the new E46 M3 soon?
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:27 PM   #18
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We get the best cars at the lowest cost in USA. taxes especially on any imported cars or motorcycles in many countries can push the cost up 3x !! That really hurts when your country does not produce any cars at all.

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Yea, think how much the LF-A costs here and its double that in Europe.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:32 PM   #19
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This car is very attractive to me. Nissan did a great job with making the car significantly smaller & lighter than the previous model.

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Old 02-08-2010, 07:18 PM   #20
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Although cars are much more expensive new in other countries they seem to depreciate much faster. Used cars seem to be priced very reasonably, just check out ebay.co.uk.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:24 PM   #21
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does anyone besides me think $50k is a lot for a car? $50k used to be the mark for top of the line sport compacts like the legendary M3, now every other non-econobox car on the street has an MSRP north of $50k.
Ya it's called inflation. It happens every year. M3s cost $70,000 these days too.

Also, they are talking about Euro, which in the EU they get taxed heavily.
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Fantastic looking car that sounds great on paper as well. Hope they get the bugs worked out.
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What all is revisited? Just a measly 17hp? I can see one paying the extra for the Nismo version, which included a reseamed chassis and forged wheels...

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Wait, since when is the 370z new?
exactly what i was thinking the entire time i was reading this.
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