2010 Nissan 370Z (Line-up)
The base model comes with a 6-speed manual, while upgrading to a 7-speed automatic brings the total to $31,230. The better-equipped Touring package starts at $34,460 with the 6-speed manual or $35,760 with the aforementioned automatic.
The Touring model adds heated leather-appointed power seats, HomeLink, Universal Transceiver, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, 8-speaker Bose audio system, XM Satellite Radio, cargo cover and aluminum pedals.
An optional aerodynamics kit adds another $650. Also available is a premium paint color, Chicane Yellow ($500). An Illuminated Kick Plate will set you back $200, and painted splash guards are $220 for four.
An optional Sport Package, priced at just $3,000, has 19-inch RAYS forged wheels, Bridgestone Potenza tires, aerodynamic front and rear spoilers, larger Nissan Sport Brakes, SynchroRev Match, and a Viscous Limited Slip Differential. The self-explanatory Navigation Package, priced at $1,850, offers a hard drive-based navigation interface with a 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive and iPod connectivity.
Designed as a replacement to the 350Z, the 370Z's styling is evolutionary. Overall, the 370Z, which was developed under the code name C53D, keeps the same general shape as the 350Z. As previously speculated, the newest Z receives a “boomerang” headlight treatment similar to the design seen on the 2009 Maxima.
The rear is also a bit stubbier, with a sharper crease along the trailing edge of the hatch. The 370Z's rear taillights also have a fishhook design similar to those seen on the Maxima's headlights.
The 370Z uses the same VQ37VHR powerplant found in the Infiniti G37, a V6 displacing 3.7-liter, delivering 332 horsepower and 26 mpg on the highway. Those 332 horses will be sent to the 370Z's rear wheels via either a seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. Of note, the six-speed 370Z will be the first vehicle to offer a synchronized downshift rev matching system with a manual transmission.
The new Z convertible adds 26 horsepower and 2 pound-feet of torque over the previous model Z. It delivers 332 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm, compared with the previous 3.5-liter V6's 306 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Along with its larger displacement, the 3.7-liter engine gives better power delivery all the way to the 7,500 rpm redline, improved low-end power and more high-end torque.
As expected, the 370Z will offer a serious performance upgrade over the current 350Z. The 370Z will ride on a shorter wheelbase than the current car, and will also use more lightweight materials. Those changes net a lighter curb weight, meaning all around performance, acceleration, braking and cornering.
Suspension duties for the new car will be handled by a double wishbone setup up front with a multi-link setup out back. Brembo brakes and 18 and 19 inch wheels will also be part of the 370Z package.