Sure, the 2010 Nissan 370z is still at least 1 year away from reaching out shores. However, if you love cars, like me, you probably already know what this means for those who can’t afford a GT-R. For those who don’t know (or care), there are two things to note regarding the new Z.
First, it is pretty much official that the new Z will carry my G37’s 3.7-liter V6 (hence the name change from 350Z to 370Z). This matters because the engine is already pretty quick for the G37 which is a HEAVY car for a coupe. Imagine losing 2 rear seats, going shorter and wider and losing hundreds of pounds in the process? Yes! The Z will be leaner, lighter and more muscular than the current model. Nissan might effectively steal away Mazda’s “Zoom Zoom” slogan if they keep producing cars like this.
Second, the rumor is that the GT-R’s yummy dual-clutch transmission will trickle down to the Z. 7-speed folks! SEVEN! The G37 can go 0-60 is about 5.5 sec (i think). Imagine what a lighter 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will do for the 370Z!!! Sure this is probably the most impractical vehicle around, but you wouldn’t get this as your daily driver anyway.
Styling-wise, I think it needs a little work…I don’t like the headlights…reminds me of the ugly Maxima. I am willing to overlook that if they deliver on the dual-clutch transmission though.