2009 Nissan 370Z

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Completely redesigned for 2009
  • New 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 332 hp
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Significantly lighter than the outgoing model
  • Newly available 7-speed automatic transmission
  • Higher quality driver-centric interior
  • Available hands-free phone and Music Box hard drive
The name Nissan is synonymous with the \"Z,\" a popular line of 2-door, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sports cars manufactured since 1969 (at the time under Nissan's \"Datsun\" brand). The early 240Z, 260Z, 280Z, 280ZX and 300ZX were followed by the technically advanced fourth-generation 300ZX models offered in the 1990s. After a 5-year hiatus, the fifth-generation chassis was introduced in 2002 followed by the convertible \"Roadster\" in 2004. In 2007, Nissan made a major model revision to the 350Z. Changes included revisions to the hood, bumpers and headlamps. Most important, an updated version of Nissan's award-winning VQ-series engine was dropped under the hood.

For 2009, Nissan has introduced a completely redesigned Z-car. The new 370Z is decidedly sportier than the outgoing model and it shows in the details. The wheelbase is shorter and the chassis lighter, for improved handling. The familiar VQ-family engine has grown in size and power, for improved acceleration, and the interior has been completely reworked with higher-quality materials and better ergonomics.

Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers the 2009 370Z during the first 3 years/36,000 miles. A powertrain warranty extends to 5 years/60,000 miles. There is no deductible on either warranty, and towing may be reimbursed if the vehicle is less than 36 months old.

Model Lineup
While the 2008 Nissan 350Z was offered in no less than five models (Base, Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring and NISMO), the 2009 lineup has been simplified significantly. There are just two models: 370Z and Touring. Both share the identical V-6 powerplant, transmission choices, and the RWD powertrain. The differences are found only in the equipment levels.

Standard on all 2009 Nissan 370Z models is air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, cloth interior, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers. The seats are both manually adjusted. The 370Z Touring is upgraded with leather and suede seating surfaces, power driver and passenger seats, and a 240-watt Bose audio package with 6 speakers and 2 subwoofers. Optional on both models is a hard-drive-based Nissan navigation system with XM NavTraffic and a 9.3-gigabyte music hard drive with a built-in iPod adapter. An optional Sport package adds a limited-slip differential, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, sport brakes, and a front and rear spoiler package.

The 2009 Nissan 370Z is the most powerful Z ever. Under its aluminum hood is Nissan's 3.7-liter VQ powerplant (it's the same engine used in the Infiniti G37). In the Z, it is rated at 332 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two transmission choices. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual with SynchroRev matching. The optional transmission is a 7-speed automatic with a manual mode and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. All 370Z models are RWD and offer a performance-oriented limited-slip differential (LSD). The EPA has rated the fuel economy of the 2009 Nissan 370Z at 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway with either the manual or automatic transmission.

The standard disc brakes are 12.6 inches in diameter in the front, and 12.1 inches in the rear. Optional on both models (included in the Sport package) are 14.0-inch disc brakes with 4-piston calipers in the front, and 13.8-inch discs with 2-piston calipers in the rear. All 370Z models are fitted with 18-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels as standard equipment. Larger 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, with wider performance tires, are included in the Sport package.

All 2009 370Z models are equipped with Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System including dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat sensors, and front passenger classification sensors. Both seats are equipped with 3-point restraints with pre-tensioning devices. Driver and passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and inflatable air curtains are standard. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), and a tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) are standard on all 370Z models in 2009.

The 2009 Nissan 370Z has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Many aspects of a sports car's performance come down to the simple physics of weight. Lighter cars will typically accelerate, brake and handle better than heavier cars. (Another obvious benefit is that lighter vehicles also deliver increased fuel economy.) With this in mind, Nissan exhaustively went through the all-new 370Z in an effort to reduce the vehicle's weight as much as possible, without compromising safety, the automaker says. Compared to its predecessor, the weight of the 370Z's fuel tank was reduced by 13.9 pounds, the exhaust system by 3.8 pounds, the audio system by 3.5 pounds, and the 19-inch wheels by more than 6 pounds each. All told, the net weight reduction when compared to the comparable 2008 350Z Enthusiast model is a significant 95 pounds.


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