2009 Nissan 350Z

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What Changed for 2009:Overview
The name Nissan is synonymous with the \"Z,\" a popular line of 2-door, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) sports cars manufactured since 1969 (originally under Nissan's \"Datsun\" brand). The early 240Z, 260Z, 280Z, 280ZX and 300ZX were followed by the technically advanced 4th-generation 300ZX models offered in the 1990s. After a 5-year hiatus, the current 5th-generation chassis was introduced in 2002 (2003 model year), followed by the Roadster in 2004. In 2007, Nissan made a major model revision to the 350Z. Changes included revisions to the hood, bumpers and headlamps. Most importantly, an updated version of Nissan's award-winning VQ-series engine was dropped under the hood.

While 2009 marks the introduction of an all-new, sixth-generation 370Z coupe, the 350Z Roadster will continue to ride on the existing platform until it is replaced next year. With that in mind, the 2009 model is mostly a carryover from 2008 as it remains mostly unchanged.

All 2009 Nissan models are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, a corrosion coverage warranty is in effect for the first 60 months of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster is offered in three models: Roadster Enthusiast, Roadster Touring and Roadster Grand Touring (GT). The 350Z Roadster models feature a power-operated soft top with a glass rear window and defroster. A powered tonneau cover hides the top when down. Standard features on all models include air conditioning with automatic temperature control, power windows, power locks, and high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps.

The Roadster Enthusiast model features power seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Roadster Touring model is upgraded with a 7-speaker Bose audio system with a 6-disc CD changer and heated leather-appointed seats. The Roadster Grand Touring model adds Brembo brakes and Vehicle Dynamic Control (stability control).

There are only two options available on the 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster. The first option is a DVD-base navigation system. The second is a gray top (on the Touring model only) that is a substitute for the standard black convertible roof.

The 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster is powered by a 3.0-liter, 24-valve, 6-cylinder all-aluminum engine rated at 306 hp and 268 lb.-ft. of torque. Consumers are offered a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. From the transmission, power is sent to the rear wheels via a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) driveshaft.

The Enthusiast and Touring models feature large ventilated disc brakes at all four corners. The Grand Touring models are equipped with larger Brembo brakes to offer even more stopping power. The suspension is independent, employing lightweight aluminum components and large-diameter front and rear stabilizer bars. Vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering provides comfortable steering at both low and high speeds.

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the 6-speed manual, and 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway for vehicles equipped with the automatic transmission.

All 2009 350Z Roadster 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 are standard. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard on the Grand Touring model.

The 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

All 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster models are equipped with a 306-hp engine sending power to the rear wheels. In an innovative approach, Nissan engineers chose to use a Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) driveshaft instead of a traditional steel or aluminum unit. While the use of such exotic materials was at one time limited to fighter aircraft or expensive racing vehicles, the benefits of CFRP have recently been embraced by the automotive industry at the consumer level. When compared to a steel driveshaft, CFRP offers more strength at just half the weight, Nissan explains, leading to better handling and improved fuel economy-as well as more power sent to the rear wheels for quicker acceleration. In addition, Nissan says carbon fiber's unique vibration dampening characteristics keep noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels lower to improve passenger comfort.


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