2009 - 2017 Nissan 370Z

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  • Nissan 370Z
  • Year:
    2009- 2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    VQ37VHR engine
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    332 @ 7000
  • MPG(Cty):
    19
  • MPG(Hwy):
    26
  • Torque @ RPM:
    270 @ 5200
  • Displacement:
    3700 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.7 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    13.3 sec.
  • Skidpad:
    0.99
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    29990
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The classic Japanese two-door, reimagined for today

When it comes to sports cars from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Nissan Z is one of the best. As far back as the ‘60s, the Z has captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts worldwide thanks to its timeless good looks, traditional drivetrain layout, sonorous six-cylinder exhaust note, and giant-slaying performance potential, all of which is offered at an affordable price point. The latest iteration is the Z34, a.k.a. the 370Z, which bears the same attributes as its predecessors, but with modernized packaging. Summed up, the 370Z gets slick styling, updated cabin tech, RWD handling, and a solid amount of thrust, making it a 21st-century performance-machine worthy of the letter Z.

Unlike most manufacturers, Nissan did it right when designing its next-gen sports car. Compared to the previous generation (the 350Z), the 370Z gets smaller dimensions and lower weight, plus increased chassis rigidity and higher engine output – exactly the right combo when aiming to please throngs of enthusiasts. Over time, Nissan added new features and trim levels to broaden the Z’s appeal, but kept the original’s hardcore attitude for customers who demanded it. These days, the Z needs to evolve, which is a tricky proposition for a model bearing nearly five decades of history. For now, though, read on for a look at the newest version of Nissan’s classic two-door.

Updated 07/10/2017: Nissan announced minor equipment and pricing updates for the 2018 model year 370Z.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2009 – 2018 Nissan 370Z.

 

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The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

Oh, the horror!

There was speculation that Nissan might electrify its sports cars with their upcoming generations, and now a company official has dropped some bombs on the whole issue. By 2022, 40-percent of Nissan’s vehicles will be electrified, and that includes the Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R as well.

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What Do We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

What Do We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

It Could Be As Powerful As The 2008 Nissan GT-R R35

We will get a new Nissan Z-car. The new Nissan Z car is due for a reveal in the coming years, and some suggest we may even see it at the next Tokyo Motor Show or at NAIAS in 2019. Mind you, this information is yet to be confirmed, but we already know that Nissan is working on a replacement for the 370Z. I am telling you again - the new Nissan Z car will come. For me, this is a huge deal as I really liked the 370Z in its purest, least expensive form. Ignore my emotions from now on as I try to elaborate on what the new Nissan Z car should be. Believe me, so many rumors circulate on the Internet that it is almost impossible to separate right from wrong and truth from deception. In that regard, I am going to give you a rundown of the most logical solutions Nissan may employ for the creation of the new Z car.

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A New Z Car is Officially in the Works

A New Z Car is Officially in the Works

Put the rumors to bed, it’s time to celebrate!

We here at TopSpeed like to think we’re pretty patient. Usually. Sometimes? Look, the point is we’re just about fed up waiting for the new Z car, what with the relatively ancient 370Z model and all its ho-hum special editions Nissan has been dishing out lately. Luckily, it sounds like Nissan heard our cry for something fresh, as it was recently revealed by one of the automaker’s lead designers that a new Z is indeed in development. Like, right now.

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Rumor: Next Z Car Could be Shown In Concept Form Later This Year, Production Model to Debut In 2019

Rumor: Next Z Car Could be Shown In Concept Form Later This Year, Production Model to Debut In 2019

Fresh speculation points to an impending release, but take it with a grain of salt

With the 50th anniversary of the glorious Datsun 240Z kicking off next year, it seems like a fantastic time to release a successor to the practically ancient Nissan 370Z, no? According to a recent report from Autocar, it’s looking like we’ll get exactly that, with the U.K. publication citing “senior officials from Nissan” as a source of details on the long-awaited next-gen sports car. Unfortunately, what we might have here is yet another round of regurgitated rumors.

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Japanese Rumor Mill: The Next Nissan Z will be Built in Collaboration with Mercedes

Japanese Rumor Mill: The Next Nissan Z will be Built in Collaboration with Mercedes

Take it with a grain of salt for now, but there is history between Nissan and Mercedes

Here’s a thought: from the prism of recent joint sports car developments, what if the Toyota-BMW partnership was just the beginning? What if there are other automakers that are in the process of joining forces? Turns out, there might just be another one of these partnerships on the horizon. There’s a rumor coming out of Japan that Nissan and Mercedes-Benz are teaming up to develop the next-generation Nissan Z sports car. It sounds like wishful thinking to some extent, but it’s not an entirely ridiculous thought either.

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Report: Nissan IS Working on a New Z-Car; Let's Just Hope it isn't a Crossover

Report: Nissan IS Working on a New Z-Car; Let’s Just Hope it isn’t a Crossover

There’s no timetable yet so don’t get those hopes up

Don’t dig a hole for the Nissan Z sports car yet. Despite all the noise surrounding its demise, the Z sports car family is still breathing. Nissan’s chief planning officer, Philippe Klein, made that clear in a conversation with Automotive News earlier this month at the Detroit Auto Show. According to Klein, the Z is still part of the automaker’s plans. More importantly, Nissan’s already working on a successor to the 370Z. Klein didn’t elaborate any further than that, but we’ll take this win for now. The Nissan Z sports car line is alive and breathing.

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Nissan Says a New Z-Car is on the Way, but a Few Years Out

Nissan Says a New Z-Car is on the Way, but a Few Years Out

It’s the same old narrative, told in many different ways

Crossovers and SUVs have become integral parts of Nissan’s success in recent years, so much so that the Japanese automaker’s participation at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show revolved around the Kicks, a sub-compact crossover that costs under $20,000. But, just because these vehicle types have become the rage in the industry these days, that doesn’t mean that Nissan will veer away from building sedans, coupes, and all non-crossover, non-SUV types. On the contrary, these types of cars will continue to make up a significant part of Nissan’s portfolio, including a new Z-car that will finally take the reigns away from the dated 370Z sports coupe.

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Hanging in the Balance: Nissan Shows Confusion, Uncertainty over the Next Z-Car

Hanging in the Balance: Nissan Shows Confusion, Uncertainty over the Next Z-Car

Nissan could make the same mistake Mitsubishi did with the Lancer and Eclipse…

We all want to know about the next Z-car, but Phillip Klein – Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer – couldn’t even give us a slight glimmer of hope last week during the Tokyo Auto Show. Long story short: It sounds like a new Z-Car may not happen and, even if it does, it will be a long time before we see it.

Let’s face it; sports cars are freaking awesome, but they all have expiration dates. Most automakers understand this – there’s a reason cars like the Porsche 911 and Chevy Corvette have been through more generations than you can count on one hand. Automakers like Mitsubishi, and Nissan, apparently, seem to have missed that memo, though. If you remember right, Mitsubishi let the Lancer go one for a decade without an update, and then let it die a slow, miserable death. Well, as it turns out, Nissan could very well do the same with the Z-car. When the Tokyo Auto Show kicked off, we were expecting to the Nissan 390Z concept, but instead, all we got was an executive that refused to even confirm the car exists let alone offer up information of when the next production Z will actually arrive.

“There’s a lot of passion behind this vehicle…. At the same time, it’s a segment that’s gradually declining, making the case more difficult. We have no intention to quit excitement, but we’re going to make it happen in different ways,” said Klein. Design Chief, Alfonso Albaisa, got in on it on it too, saying, “I can say we don’t have a fixed thing yet… but how can we be completely blind to the importance of that name to the company? Maybe you can feel that I love these cars… but I can’t say too much, or I’ll be taking a train home [instead of my company car]!”

So, at this point, the 370Z is almost a decade old, and Nissan isn’t even sure what to do about a successor. It has said that the GT-R is a better halo car, so the GT-R is safe for now, but perhaps if the brand showed the Z-car some love, it might experience better sales as well. After all, it’s a super senior as far as car generations go. As I said about Mitsubishi and the Lancer – you can’t not bring about something fresh and then use declining sales as a good reason to let it die a pitiful death. But, then again, rumor has it that Nissan is going to take the same approach Mitsubishi did with the Eclipse name. Keep reading to learn more about what could happen to the Z name…

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The Hoonigans Check Out A SR20'd 240Z, Nearly Crash: Video

The Hoonigans Check Out A SR20’d 240Z, Nearly Crash: Video

Look out for that wall!

I love a good engine swap. There’s just something pleasurable about finding the unexpected waiting for you when you lift the hood, like unwrapping a Pop-Tart to discover a fresh slice of cake. In this particular case, playing the part of Pop-Tart wrapper is a classic and very orange Datsun 240Z, while the cake is a Nissan SR20 engine. It’s a popular swap, and for good reason – the Z looks incredible, it isn’t too heavy, and it’s RWD from the factory, while the SR20 is stout and well-suited to living with high levels of boost. Larry Chen’s ride is one fine example of all these characteristics, as evidenced in this episode of Daily Transmission from the fine folks over at Hoonigan headquarters.

Power from the boosted four sits at 300 ponies and 300 pound-feet of torque at the wheels, which isn’t bad for a car that weighs a little over 2,000 pounds. Providing the extra air is a Garrett GT28 turbo (a.k.a. the Disco Potato). The set-up was pulled from an old Formula Drift car, and it looks perfectly at home sitting in the Z’s engine bay. With the hood open, the boys get pretty nerdy, delving into the various little factoids and motivation behind the build. But things get really serious towards the end when the orange Z starts burning rubber, and, well, let’s just say look out for the cement.

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New Sports Cars Could Take The Tokyo Motor Show By Storm

New Sports Cars Could Take The Tokyo Motor Show By Storm

Brace yourselves as Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda appear to be headed to the Tokyo Motor Show

Just as news is coming out that nine major automakers are skipping the Frankfurt Motor Show, there appears to be growing rumblings that the Tokyo Motor Show will play to not one, not two, but three sports car debuts. It’s already been rumored that the return of the Toyota Supra will take place in Tokyo, but according to Autobild, the Supra will also be joined by the Mazda RX-9 and the Nissan 390Z.

Obviously, this is pretty big news seeing three separate automakers launch three separate performance cars. They may be different in presentation, but the fact that all three automakers – major ones at that – are going to present sports cars that could turn into rivals of the others is making the Tokyo Motor Show a must-see event. To be clear, though, neither Mazda nor Nissan have confirmed their plans for their local auto show. Likewise, we’ve heard very little about the RX-9 at this point and even less about the Nissan 390Z. If these two cars do show up in Tokyo, it’s going to catch a lot of people off-guard. Even Toyota hasn’t confirmed its plans for Tokyo, even though all signs point to its next sports car making its world debut at the event. It might be best to taper off the excitement for the time being, or at least until we know something more concrete. That said, it is tempting to get a little excited about the possibility of three Japanese sports cars all showing up and debuting in the same event. And they said those days were gone.

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Seriously, Nissan? Give us a New Freaking Z-Car Already!!!

Seriously, Nissan? Give us a New Freaking Z-Car Already!!!

We’re itching like crackheads for a successor

With the Nissan 370Z debuting way back in 2008, it’s about damn time for Nissan to bless us with a new successor. Sure, it’s been updated on a somewhat regular basis and is fairly modern at this point, but its replacement is long overdue. Unfortunately, Nissan doesn’t see it that way, and instead of bringing us a new Z-car for 2018, we end up getting the 370Z Heritage edition. That model gets revised exterior lights, and some special paint to trim inside and out. Outside of the new Exedy, high-performance clutch, it’s just another damned special edition. I was really hoping Nissan blew its special-edition budget with all of those pointless special editions in Chicago earlier this year, but I guess not.

The worst part is that the Z-Car’s next big move is so clouded in mystery and uncertainty that it’s enough to give just about any enthusiast a raging hate boner and then some. So, where does the road to the next Z-Car take us? At this point, your guess is as good as any because Nissan doesn’t even know. In fact, in light of that new “Heritage Edition” I mentioned earlier, Nissan may make the next Z a damned crossover… Yikes! Back in 2014, we heard that news that the next Z-car would have multiple engine options, including a four-cylinder hybrid engine (for those of you who don’t know, the Z has always had a six-cylinder.) In mid-2015, it was said that the next Z-car would be a revolution, with hints that it would take on the Toyota 86, which means it’s going to lose in the power department and probably get a little smaller.

But, that’s not the latest news either. Just six months or so ago, fuel was added to the fire when Car Advice reported the next Z-Car would be a crossover, and it was backed up thanks to the Gripz concept that we saw in 2015. And, the trail goes cold yet again, with 2018 bringing us the “Heritage Edition” that will be previewed at the New York Auto Show.

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Nissan Could Succeed 370Z Sports Car With A Performance Crossover

Nissan Could Succeed 370Z Sports Car With A Performance Crossover

It’s not a straight-forward succession, but it could be a smart move for the company

The Nissan 370Z has been around for nine years. Yep, it’s that old. It’s undertaken some revisions and updates over the years, but there’s no going around the fact that the 370Z is in dire need of a replacement. Turns out, that replacement could be on its way, only it won’t be a sports car; it’s reportedly going to be a crossover. Let that simmer for a second.

Car Advice is reporting that there’s an all-too real possibility of seeing the tired and dated 370Z get replaced by a high-riding crossover. Granted, rumors of this possibility have been floating around the surface for quite some time now. Nissan even stoked the flames in its own way by introducing the Gripz Concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. At that time, there was already talk that the Gripz would evolve into a crossover that will be placed under the Z family. So all of this isn’t new. What can be considered a development is what Nissan Europe chairman Paul Wilcox told Car Advice.

Wilcox specifically did not confirm the persistent rumors about the Z crossover, but he didn’t deny them either. Instead, he mentioned that the company is looking into every segment of the industry today to see which ones are worth pursuing. One of those segments is the crossover and SUV line, which has proven to be one of the stoutest lines in the business today.

Having a Z crossover replace the existing 370Z would certainly be a bold move, but it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch if Nissan wants to cover the crossover and performance with a single model. That would at least justify what Wilcox described as the company’s goal of focusing on “crossovers” and “having the right products to complement that.” On paper, the idea makes sense for Nissan and its Z brand. It’s a fresh car with a fresh purpose that has the potential to be successful if Nissan develops it the right way.

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2009 - 2017 Nissan 370Z

2009 - 2017 Nissan 370Z

The classic Japanese two-door, reimagined for today

When it comes to sports cars from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Nissan Z is one of the best. As far back as the ‘60s, the Z has captured the hearts and minds of enthusiasts worldwide thanks to its timeless good looks, traditional drivetrain layout, sonorous six-cylinder exhaust note, and giant-slaying performance potential, all of which is offered at an affordable price point. The latest iteration is the Z34, a.k.a. the 370Z, which bears the same attributes as its predecessors, but with modernized packaging. Summed up, the 370Z gets slick styling, updated cabin tech, RWD handling, and a solid amount of thrust, making it a 21st-century performance-machine worthy of the letter Z.

Unlike most manufacturers, Nissan did it right when designing its next-gen sports car. Compared to the previous generation (the 350Z), the 370Z gets smaller dimensions and lower weight, plus increased chassis rigidity and higher engine output – exactly the right combo when aiming to please throngs of enthusiasts. Over time, Nissan added new features and trim levels to broaden the Z’s appeal, but kept the original’s hardcore attitude for customers who demanded it. These days, the Z needs to evolve, which is a tricky proposition for a model bearing nearly five decades of history. For now, though, read on for a look at the newest version of Nissan’s classic two-door.

Updated 07/10/2017: Nissan announced minor equipment and pricing updates for the 2018 model year 370Z.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2009 – 2018 Nissan 370Z.

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Valentine's Day Special – Spread The Car Love

Valentine’s Day Special – Spread The Car Love

Five videos that’ll reignite your passion

There’s really one good reason you’re reading these words right now – you love cars. Non-car people don’t get it. They laugh and roll their eyes, calling it a waste of time to fix up that old beater, a waste of money to get out to the track for another weekend. That’s ok – let ‘em. Of course it doesn’t make sense to them. They don’t know the joy of finally getting an engine to spark back to life. They don’t know the thrill of setting a new personal best lap time. Too bad for them.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve assembled five videos that are sure to remind you why you love cars. We’ve got a little bit of everything here, from Euro speed to Japanese tech, ground-up rebuilds to expansive muscle car car collections.

So sit back, hit play, and when you’re done, treat yourself to a drive.

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2020 Nissan Z

2020 Nissan Z

Not a lot is known about Nissan’s next Z-car. Early in December of 2014, Nissan’s vice president and global head of marketing, Roel de Vries, hinted that the 370 Z’s successor could have a variety of engines, depending on a given market. Then, a week later, word spread that the next Z-Car would be launched as a convertible (they were calling it “The Z”) and would probably have a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, hybrid engine.

Once that news hit the world, things went stagnant for a while – until June of 2015, when Shiro Nakamoa, Nissan’s senior vice president, and chief creative officer, came out and admitted that the Z-car idea needed to be “rethought.” He also strongly hinted that the upcoming car would be smaller and lighter, potentially looking back to the roots of the original Datsun 240Z. Once that news broke, the information trail went cold, and we’ve been left waiting.

Well, at TopSpeed, we’re tired of waiting, so we went ahead and rendered up what the next Z-car could look like. Of course, it is a bit smaller and low slung, but it also shares some design cues with the current Nissan Sentra and Nissan Murano. The hole rendering is speculation based on what we’ve heard in the past and Nissan’s current design styles, but we think we have nailed it pretty well. We’re hoping to see the official debut of the next Z by 2018, but until then let’s take a look at our rendering and what we hope to see when it makes an official debut in the coming years.

Click past the jump to read our full, and constantly growing, review on the upcoming Z-car.

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Nissan Wants The Next Z Car To Be A Revolution

Nissan Wants The Next Z Car To Be A Revolution

It’s difficult to avoid the fact that the Nissan 370Z is getting pretty long in the tooth. The design is a warmed over version of the 350Z, which dates back to 2002, and the performance it offers is hardly cutting edge at this point. So it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise that Shiro Nakamora, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer, recently came out and said that the whole Z car idea needs to be rethought, and that a 390Z probably isn’t going to happen.

One of his biggest complaints is that the 370Z is simply too expensive, essentially the same reason why the 1991-1996 Nissan 300ZX died off even before a replacement was ready. He seems to have a point as well, a 370Z costs roughly the same as a Mustang GT, but comes with 100 less horsepower and no significant weight advantage. On the subject of the future of the model, Nakamora said "The GT-R is more evolution. I feel Z needs more revolution than evolution." One possibility that was strongly hinted at was that of making the car smaller and lighter.

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Next Nissan Z Will Get Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Hybrid Engine

Next Nissan Z Will Get Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Hybrid Engine

A few days back, we released news that Nissan was considering a variety of different engine options for the new Z car. We were hoping for a hybrid producing over 1,000 horsepower, and apparently, Nissan was listening. Well, half listening, maybe.

Citing the Japanese automotive publication Best Car, Australian website Motoring.co.au is reporting the new Z car (labeled simply as “Z”) will be launched initially as a convertible. Most shockingly, however, is that it’ll come with a hybrid, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. In total, this powertrain will deliver 247 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The petrol engine will be sourced from Mercedes-Benz, while the electric motor will mount between the engine and transmission to soak up energy during deceleration, boosting power and improving mileage in a fashion similar to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist system.

“Its main market is the U.S., a market that demands competitively priced convertibles with loads of street cred,” reports the source. “And that is what the next Z will be. Except this time, it’ll offer plenty of power while delivering nearly 20 km per liter [roughly 50 miles per gallon]!”

Thankfully, the source also confirmed a Mercedes-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 for us Americans to enjoy, continuing the six-cylinder tradition we’ve come to expect from the Z. With an additional turbocharged hybrid-four on the option list, Nissan should have a rather robust, sporty convertible on its hands. We can’t wait to see if these rumors will come true.

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Nissan 370Z Successor Will Have Multiple Engine Options

Nissan 370Z Successor Will Have Multiple Engine Options

Ever since it was first brought into this world way back in 1969, Nissan’s sporty two-door Z car has always had a six-cylinder engine. Between the first generation S30 Datsun 240Z and the current, sixth-generation Z34 Nissan 370Z, there have been boosted versions and naturally aspirated versions, configurations in a V and inline, displacement both big and small, but always, the cylinder count has remained at six.

Now, with the current gen getting a bit long in the tooth and a seventh generation looming, Nissan may be thinking about offering a variety of engine options for its classic coupe, including a four-cylinder. That was the news coming from Roel de Vries, Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy, speaking to the Australian website CarAdvice at the Nismo Festival in Mount Fuji, Japan.

Despite the long history behind the six-cylinder Z, de Vries was unconvinced that any particular motor was necessary to the overall evolution of the vehicle: “I think an engine is never a need or a must, because what you need is to deliver on what the car stands for and if the 370Z stands for real performance and real driving I think it doesn’t need a V-6 to do that,” de Vries told CarAdvice.

At the same time, de Vries recognized the apparent demand for a larger engine under the hood: “Can you sell a V-6 [370Z] in Europe? No. Does this mean the next Z will have a V-6 [for Europe]? No, of course we are not going to do that. [But] there’s still an audience that wants a six-cylinder engine, so why should we give it up? That’s all part of ongoing studies.”

Here’s our wish list for engine choices: start with a base, naturally aspirated four-banger; then step up to a mid-range, turbocharged four. At the top of the heap, offer a super-powered NISMO model with a hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor with the twin-turbo V-6 from the GT-R, the VR38DETT, to make 1,000 horsepower. Okay, that last one might be a bit of a stretch, but a guy can dream, can’t he?

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Nissan to Display a Preview for the 370Z Successor in Tokyo

2013 Nissan 370Z Facelift

You know why we love auto shows? Mainly because of all the new models we get to see, but also because we get to learn a lot about the future of the automotive industry. At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, a Toyota boss confirmed a hybrid GT 86 sports car is under "advanced development," and at the same show, Nissan Development boss Andy Palmer confirmed that the next-generation Z-car will be previewed next month at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The new model will initially be unveiled as a concept car and will be smaller and lighter than the current 370Z. What is really strange is that Palmer said that "the Juke Nismo offers some hints at what Nissan is looking at." So, what do you think this means? Should we expect a new Z-car with styling cues from the Juke? How odd will that look?

There are also some changes to come under the hood, and we expect to see a small-displacement turbocharged engine or even an electric powertrain. A Nismo version will also be offered.

Referring to the new car, Palmer said that the new model won’t be anything like the GT86. Instead it will be "more enjoyable to drive, a real sports car."

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Jay Leno Reviews the 240Z and Grills Nissan on a Successor

Jay Leno Reviews the 240Z and Grills Nissan on a Successor

Whether you love or hate Jay Leno as a “pop culture” late night show host, you still can’t help but love him in his position on Jay Leno’s Garage. In the latest episode, Jay makes it all the way around the world to Japan and test drives a Fairlady 240Z. Not only is the 240Z just one of those timeless and iconic sports cars, but it is revolutionary for the Japanese sports car world.

Jay then takes some time out to talk with his friend that heads up Nissan’s design team and he has a nice surprise for his friend, as he jokingly grills him on the rumored 240Z remake. We actually get a good glimpse at the preliminary design silhouette of what we can only assume would be a revived 240Z and a look at some of the concept drawings made of it and the current 370Z.

What’s cool though is that his friend does not play the denial act that most design heads would do. He all but confirms the fact that Nissan is planning something big for its 8th anniversary which comes about in 2013, and makes it clear that the 240Z revival may be said big thing.

Just seeing the Nissan design room was cool enough, but getting semi-confirmation of the 240Z – even if it was more of a non-denial than a confirmation – was pretty cool. Enjoy!

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Chris Harris Pits the Toyota GT 86 Against a Nissan 370Z and Porsche Cayman S

Chris Harris Pits the Toyota GT 86 Against a Nissan 370Z and Porsche Cayman S

If it’s not obvious, Chris Harris is a rather respected member of our little automotive club here. When he tests out something, he really pushes it to the max and lets us know exactly what he thinks in plain old English. We don’t always agree with him, but we do always respect what he has to say.

In his latest video, he has put a car that he fell in love with the moment he sat in the driver’s seat, the Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ to us America-based folks), against the Nissan 370Z, and a Porsche Cayman S. Sure, the Cayman S is a lot more car, but the one he’s driving has 77,000 miles on the ticker, so it’s been pretty well thrashed around.

We did a similar test just a few days ago, but we sadly didn’t get to whip all of the cars around a twisty back road, and we actually placed the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ fairly low on our list – behind the 370Z. Our test was slightly different that Chris’, as it involved more cars and we have a slightly different opinion of what is fun to drive about a sports car, but is there a possibility that Chris may come to our side of the table and pick the 370Z over the Toyota GT 86?

You’re going to have to check out the video above to see exactly what his final decision was. Whether you agree with him or not you get to have one heck of a time watching him wail on these cars.

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Budget Sports Car Comparison: The Best Bang for your Buck

Budget Sports Car Comparison: The Best Bang for your Buck

We tend to keep our focus on cars that run in excess of $100K and fly to 60 mph in sub-3-second times. What about those that can’t pull off a $2,000-per-month car payment and don’t need to get to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds? Well, this one’s for you.

We are going to take a look at the top budget sports cars in the automotive realm today and tear them apart to find out what’s good about them and what’s not so hot about them. After that, we’ll input all of that data into the "patented" TopSpeed top-pick machine and spew out which of these cars offers the best bang for its customer’s buck. Keep in mind that we are looking at driving factors only, option and equipment have no bearing on making a budget sports car more fun in this competition.

We’re only looking at new cars here, so that eliminates my personal favorite, the Mazdaspeed Miata. The Miata will, of course be in the competition, but its facing cars that are equally, if not more, powerful and that rival it in handling performance. So, who takes home the title?

Click past the jump to find out.

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2015 Nissan Z will be lighter and leaner

2015 Nissan Z will be lighter and leaner

Initial rumors about the next generation Nissan Z stated that it would be ready for the 2013 model year, but it seems those rumors were completely wrong. In an interview with Inside Line, Nissan’s design boss Shiro Nakamura said that the development of the next Z sports car is in its early stages and that we would see a concept version of the car soon. The production version is actually set to arrive as early as the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

The previous generation - the 350Z - was extremely successful, but unfortunately, the current 370Z didn’t acquire the same high notes. According to Nakamura, the next Z sports car needs to have a stronger impact. To achieve this, the next Z-sports car will be lighter and leaner, and will most likely rid itself of the current 3.7 liter V6 engine in favor of a new four-cylinder engine. This will make the car more fuel efficient, and, according to Nakamura, will make it "more accessible to open the door to more people."

As for its exterior design, the next Z will combine the current sporty look with "excitement, substance, and agility."

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2013 Nissan Z

2013 Nissan Z

Nissan may have plenty of models to boast of, but the one car that stands out to anyone looking for a vehicle with a little pep in its step is the Nissan Z car. Back in 1964, Nissan began toying with the idea of building a sports car to add to their lineup, but it wasn’t until 1969 that a vehicle was actually produced. The Datsun 240Z was available in two versions - and proved to be the successful sports car that Nissan had anticipated. Six generations later and Nissan had produced many variations of the vehicle, including the ever-popular 370Z. Now, after only four years since the latest 370Z was created, rumors are flying suggesting that Nissan is ready to go at it again with a new generation Z. Not only will the world be getting one of their beloved sports cars once again, but it may also be powered by a hybrid drivetrain, a rumor we first heard back in 2010 most likely the same one used in the Infiniti M hybrid. Yes, the world is going hybrid, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

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Six Nissan Z packs displayed at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Six Nissan Z packs displayed at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Nissan will continue celebrating the Z’s 40th anniversary with a display of six historic Z racers at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 12th–15th at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

The list of vehicles on display will include: a Brock Racing Enterprises Datsun 240Z, a Bob Sharp Racing Datsun 240Z Chassis #00006, a Bob Sharp Racing Datsun 240Z IMSA GTU, a Nissan Motorsports 300ZX, a Nissan 370Z BRE Tribute Coupe, and a 2010 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition, a model limited to only 1000 units.

The vehicles appearing at this event are no slouches either. A number of them have had an active racing history including appearances at SCCA National Championships, IMSA Manufacturers’, and Drivers’ Championship and victories at LeMans, Daytona, and Sebring. Not only will classic and newer Z models be on display during this automotive weekend, but a number of vintage Nissan race cars will also be on hand to partake in the racing events: John Morton will drive the #46 1970 Datsun 510 in the "1966 – 1972 Trans Am under 2 Liter Cars" class and a pair of 1985 Nissan GTPs (#83 and #84) owned by Toluca Lake Classic Motorsports will compete in the "1981 - 1989 FIA Mfg Championship & IMSA GTP" class.

Press release after the jump.

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Next generation Nissan Z will use Mercedes engines

Next generation Nissan Z will use Mercedes engines

Nissan has recently launched the 370Z sports car and already the company has started working on the next generation Z. And with the new alliance between Renault-Nissan and Daimler, the next Z could be powered by new diesel engines and a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain.

Thanks to the new alliance, Renault-Nissan will supply three and four-cylinder petrol engines and electric technology to Daimler, while Daimler will return four, six, and eight-cylinder engines. This could turn out to be a great partnership becauseMercedes is known for its fuel efficient diesel engines and Renault is in need for them with their launch into the electric car segment.

This leaves three options for the next generation Z. The first is a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid set-up used in Mercedes S400. This option provides 299hp and 284 ft.-lb. of torque. The next option is the V6 from the E350 CDI with an output of 170 kW/231 hp. Finally, the four-cylinder petrol in combination with a 15 KW compact electric motor from the forthcoming E300 Bluetec. This option delivers a total of 224 hp and a torque of over 580 Nm. However, Nissan also has under consideration the same engine used in the Infiniti M hybrid.

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Next generation Nissan Fairlady Z will go hybrid

Next generation Nissan Fairlady Z will go hybrid

Okay, this week has already started off with some pretty exciting news. First, we found out that Toyota might be planning a more economically priced "baby" Toyota FT-86 and now we’ve had more news come our way. The Japanese magazine, Best Car, reports that the next generation Nissan Z (known as the Fairlady in Japan) will also be offered in a hybrid version. The hybrid version is rumored to run on a new lithium ion battery pack. Coincidentally, this is the same pack that will be powering the Fuga luxury sedan, known as the Infiniti M on the U.S. side of the pond.

This comes as a result of the recent collaboration between Renault-Nissan and Daimler. Another possibility is a diesel engine developed by Daimler, but this is just another rumor.

As a reminder, there are also rumors saying the next Nissan GT-R will be offered with a hybrid system.

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2010 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition

2010 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition

It’s hard to imagine that Nissan’s Z-series has been around for 40 years. But what’s even more difficult to fathom is the fact that it actually came close to never materializing in the first place. It turns out, Yutaka “Mr. K” Katayama was the first one to broach the idea of the car back in 1969, and after a lengthy debate regarding the viability of the car, Nissan eventually relented and introduced the very first Z car: the Nissan Fairlady Z.

Now, 40 years later, Nissan’s Z-series is one of the most revered car lines in Japanese auto history and to commemorate the monumental occasion, Nissan is releasing a limited-edition Nissan 370Z Coupe, which, from what we’ve heard, will go on sale in the spring of 2010. The limited-edition 370Z was molded from a Touring version of the 370Z Coupe with the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine, which is capable of producing as much as 322 horsepower.Despite carrying the same engine, Nissan added a few kinks for the special-edition car, including the brand’s trademark Synchro-Rev automatic rev-matching function to complement the car’s six-speed manual transmission.

Likewise, the 40th anniversary 370Z was also supplied with bigger brakes than those in the standard version and to top it off, Nissan also provided the car with bigger – and reinforced – 19-inch Rays forged wheels. As far as the styling of the anniversary 370Z is concerned, Nissan gave it a royal red treatment with red leather trim as well as red stitching throughout the car’s interior. If that wasn’t enough to signify the importance of the car, Nissan also gave the car a special “40th Quartz” paint scheme to commemorate the Z-series’ 40th year.

Nissan will produce 1000 Examples of the 40th Anniversary Z priced at $38,860 each.

Updated 02/10/2010: Nissan today unveiled new images of the special edition 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition. Check them out!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster

2010 Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster

The Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that the new Fairlady Z Roadster is already on sale in the sports car’s home market. Intended to be a convertible from day one, Nissan’s engineers designed the 370Z in a way that the loss of structural rigidity and added weight of a retractable canvas roof would have no effect whatsoever on the drop top Z car’s performance. Their goal was to blend the pure exhilaration and sporting appeal of the Z34 and seamlessly combine it with the excitement of open air driving by offering the same high performance power plant and curvaceous bodylines that make the fixed roof Nissan 370Z such a desirable sports car.

Just like the Fairlady Z Coupe, the new Z Roadster features a shorter wheelbase and an increased track to make the sports car more nimble while at the same time keeping the weight down. The same 3.7 Liter V6 engine that propels the standard vehicle to the tune of 330 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque also powers the Nissan 370Z Roadster. By combining the high performance VQ37VHR with the Z34’s dynamic chassis, Nissan has instilled the 370Z Roadster with remarkably high levels of acceleration and handling, while providing a quiet and comfortable interior even with the top down.

It is a tall order for a design team to build a convertible that looks just as nice with the top up as it does down. In most cases it looks like a vehicle’s designers decided to focus on only one of the drop head’s personalities; either by leaving the car with a bulky looking roofline or like there is just too much junk in the trunk when it is retracted. However thanks to careful planning and some very intuitive foresight, the hamburger logo has been able to once again avoid turning one of their premier sports cars into a cow of a convertible with the Nissan 370Z Roadster.

Press release after the jump.

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Next generation Nissan Z coming in 2011

Next generation Nissan Z coming in 2011

We previously reported that Nissan will unveil the sixth generation Z-line in 2009. But it seems that the company is very busy with creating the new hybrid lineup, a small sports coupe and the launch of the Nissan GT-R, so the current 350Z will stay alive for another two more years. This means that the new 370Z will be launched in 2011.

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2009 Nissan 370Z Details

2009 Nissan 370Z Details

The history of Nissan Z-Cars started long time ago, more exactly back in the ’70s. Since the launch the model was a real success all over the world. And the latest generation is the highly definition of Nissan Sports Cars. And only after five years since its launch, there are already rumors about a new generation Z-cars: a bigger engine capacity, bigger output, and better performance. The 370Z, will be unveiled in October at the Paris Motor Show or in November.

The 370Z is internally known as the C53D will keep a few general aspects from the current 350Z (mostly regarding its shape). But the headlights with LED technology, will be more "dramatic" compared to it.

The The 370Z will use the same VQ37VHR found in the Infiniti G37: a 3.7 liter V6 engine that delivers more than 330 hp.

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New Nissan Sports Car spotted at Nurburgring

New Nissan Sports Car spotted at Nurburgring

In profile, it looks like a 350Z that got squeezed from the ends, pushing up the roof in the middle. But don’t worry. In production, it is likely to look a lot more like the Urge concept car than the mule spotted testing at Nurburging. But it was spotted testing at Nurburging.
Though it has a family resemblance to the current 350Z, it’s shorter and has a shorter wheelbase. In fact, the body appears to be a chopped 350Z body, with a roof riveted into place make the cobbled up mule airtight. (...)

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1990 - 1996 Nissan Z-Car

1990 - 1996 Nissan Z-Car

Nissan ended the production of the 300ZX Z31 in 1989 and no one seemed to be sorry about it. But also, no one was prepared for what Nissan was about to unveil in 1990: a new, completely redesigned and aggressive 300ZX, with even more power and a new personality. The 300ZX was in the top 10 Best for the 7 years in which it was in production in America; it also was awarded “Import car of the year” by Motor Trend and won “Design of the year.”

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1984 - 1989 Nissan Z-Car

1984 - 1989 Nissan Z-Car

The history of Nissan Z-Cars begins in 1970 with the introduction of the 240Z, the first model from the first series. The second series, the 280ZX was unveiled in 1979. In 1984 the “Nissan” badge was used for the first time on the US market instead of “Datsun”, and the same year was the year when the third generation Z-Cars was unveiled. The third generation or the 300ZX was completely redesigned and used a more powerful engine than the previous series: a 3.0 liter V6 engine. Also the 300ZX was more expensive than the previous models: the 1986 model was priced at $18.400.

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1979 - 1983 Nissan Z-Car

1979 - 1983 Nissan Z-Car

Let’s make a little review on the Z-cars first series. It was launched in 1970 and included the 240Z, 260Z and 280Z models. Today is time to move forward and talk about the second series, unveiled in 1979. Compared to the first series, the second only had one model, the 280ZX, offered in both 2-seater and 2+2-seated. The 280ZX was more refined and luxurious than the previous Z models. Also the new Z-car series was a success on the American market (in 1980 more than 500.000 units have been sold). The 280ZX compete with Porsche 924, Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Supra.

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1970 - 1978 Nissan Z-Car: 240Z, 260Z and 280Z

1970 - 1978 Nissan Z-Car: 240Z, 260Z and 280Z

Nissan’s sports cars always been a success on the Japanese market and not only. So is the Nissan Fairlady Z (name used in Japan) starting its first year of unveiling in 1970 until our days. The Fairlady Z was sold on the US market as Datsuns until 1984. The first model from the Z-Cars series was the 240Z. Next Nissan presented the 260Z, 280Z, 280ZX, 300ZX and last one is 350Z. The Datsuns 240Z was unveiled in 1969 and on the US market was brought in 1970 by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations. The “Z” letter from the name refers to the displacement of the engine: the first model - the 240Z used a 2.4 liter engine; 350Z uses a 3.5 liter engine.

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2009 Nissan 400Z

2009 Nissan 400Z

Nissan are preparing their sixth generation of the Z-line. Replacing the current 350Z after seven years of production, the next Nissan sportscar is expected to be launched in the year 2009. Carrying the 40-year tradition of the Z-cars, the new model will be lighter, more powerful and therefore a lot faster.

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