The 2009 Nissan 370Z is an all new sports coupe replacing the 350Z coupe. While the 350Z keeps the convertible roadster version, the 370Z coupe has a larger engine, improved handling dynamics and upgraded interior quality.
With its powerful V6 engine, responsive steering, tenacious road grip, and smart styling, the 2009 370Z deserves some serious consideration for the more performance-oriented carbuyer. But even with its sporty personality, the 370Z is also a comfortable drive around town or cruising down the highway, making it a relatively affordable sports car that can still be useful on a daily basis.
While the 350Z's genes are clearly seen in the 370Z, it is also clear that the new Z has been redesigned and re-engineered to produce an even better performance vehicle. The rear track has been widened, the wheelbase has been shortened and there's been a 95 pound weight reduction. And combined with its revised suspension tuning and larger engine, the new Z has upped the ante with its enhanced driving dynamics.
As the name suggests, the 370Z is equipped with 3.7 liter V6, the same engine as the Infiniti G37, with variable valve timing, variable valve lift, a 7,500 rpm redline, and an output of 332 horsepower.
Standard Features And Options:
The 2009 Nissan 370Z coupe is offered in two models: Base and Touring.
Standard features on the already well-equipped 370Z Base model includes cruise control, keyless entry, keyless ignition, automatic climate control, an eight-way manual driver seat, 18 inch alloy wheels, performance summer tires, steering-wheel-mounted sound controls, and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Touring model adds heated seats, power seat adjustments, leather and faux suede upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, a rear cargo cover, and an upgraded six-speaker Bose stereo with two subwoofers, satellite radio, and a 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer.
An optional sports package is available on both models and includes upgraded brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, 19 inch wheels, front and rear spoilers, and a new downshift rev-matching SynchroRev Match feature for manual transmission models.
Also available as options on the Touring is a navigation package that includes voice-recognition navigation, a 7-inch screen, real-time traffic, 9.3GB of digital music storage, an iPod interface and an auxiliary audio/video jack.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
Powering the 2009 370Z is the 3.7 liter that produces 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It's coupled with a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a seven-speed automatic with manual-shift paddles is optional.
The 370Z has also been timed from a standstill to 60 mph in a fleet 5.1 seconds. It also stops from 60 mph in just 101 feet, comparable to the phenomenal, and much costlier, Nissan GT-R.
The EPA estimated gas mileage for the 2009 Nissan 370 is identical for both automatic and 6-speed manual models, coming in at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Standard safety features on all 370Z's include four-wheel ABS, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, side torso and head curtain airbags, and active head restraints.
The interior of the 370Z has been upgraded with higher quality materials than its predecessor. It's an attractive, well-designed, user-friendly interior with easier-to-read gauges and less plastic.
Storage space has also been increased with the addition of a traditional glovebox and a better designed cargo area that has eliminated the structural brace in the trunk of the 350Z.
The new Nissan 370Z really shines on the road with razor-sharp responsiveness and a grip that won't quit. While the six-speed manual transmission is likely the first choice of the driving-enthusiast, the new seven-speed automatic is impressive as well, featuring quick shifts and rev-matching ability.