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Nissan 370z (2009)
When you’re on a good thing, stick to it, so the old saying goes. Nissan has wisely done just that with the sixth incarnation of its iconic Z car.
The 370Z has a slightly smaller, lighter body with a larger, more powerful engine than the 350Z. There’s good use made of space behind the low-set, racing-style seats that offer both comfort and lateral support.
Economy has been boosted, with Nissan claiming an ADR combined fuel cycle figure of 10.4 litres/100 km, an improvement of some 10 percent. Our test returned a best of 12.6. But the driving experience, not fuel frugality, is what a Z car is about and here the 370 delivers.
A comprehensively revised chassis and suspension set-up with shorter wheelbase, wider track and lower centre of gravity empowers the car with a feeling of alertness.
The steering is well weighted, turn in is quick, and grip levels are right there with European competition which is double the price. For a bona fide sports car, the ride quality is not overly harsh. The 370Z is also quicker than its predecessor. Power, up by 6.5 percent, is delivered in a flow, rather than a spike, and while a torque boost of 1.4 percent might seem minor on paper, the spread is broader. Peak torque doesn’t arrive until 5250 rpm, improving driveability substantially.
Engaging drive, solid performance, racy styling
No steering reach adjustment, temporary use spare, tyre roar
Airconditioning, central locking, power seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav. system, six-disc Bose sound system, leather upholstery, bluetooth capability, immobiliser, alarm
Six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TC)
||Sports Under $80,000
|Price when new
||$70,999 (seven-speed auto) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
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||3.7-litre, 24-valve, double overhead cam (DOHC) V6
||245 kW @ 7000 rpm
||363 Nm @ 5200 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
||10.4 litres/100 km
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