The highly anticipated Nissan 370Z made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and flaunts the Z’s first full redesign since 2003.

The highly anticipated Nissan 370Z made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and flaunts the Z's first full redesign since 2003. Virtually every aspect of the car has been redesigned in order to increase performance and maximize the car's versatility.

Power comes from a 3.7-liter V6 engine which produces 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. When ordered with the sport package and the new 6-speed manual, the transmission is equipped with a SynchroRev Match function which automatically adjusts engine speed when shifting to the exact speed of the next gear position, essentially "blipping" the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. Those who prefer not to shift for themselves will find a new 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching more to their liking.

Riding on an updated version of the Z's previous platform, the new Z has a 4 inch reduction in wheelbase and an overall decrease in length by almost 3 inches. This version is the first Z car to feature aluminum door panels, an all-aluminum hood and an aluminum hatch. Together the size reduction and the use of lightweight materials combine to create a car that weighs significantly less than its predecessor, resulting in improved acceleration and better fuel economy. The company predicts a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for both transmissions.

Outside the new model is differentiated from the previous version thanks to a significantly redesigned exterior. The company drew inspiration from the original Z for the rear quarter window, while the rest of the car was freshened to bring it more inline with Nissan's more contemporary products. One of more modern design elements is the "boomerang" headlights which were first used on the recently redesigned Nissan Maxima. The Z will be offered in a choice of seven exterior colors and with an optional sport package will include a front chin spoiler and a rear spoiler.

Interior changes include larger gauges for improved access to information, an all-new "oval" 3-spoke steering wheel with baseball stitching, and a redesigned shifter. Major changes were made to the seats, as the driver's seat offers unique cushion cut-outs for improved access to the pedals. Both seats feature an anti-slip material to help hold their occupants in place during extreme driving. The company also decided to remove of the rear strut brace and replace it with less intrusive structural reinforcements in order to improve interior space.

Standard equipment includes Intelligent Key with push button starting, power windows and locks, automatic climate control, rear window defroster, two 12-volt power outlets, and a 4-speaker audio system with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls. Upgrading to the 370Z Touring model adds standard 4-way power adjustable heated synthetic suede and leather-appointed sport seats, a 6-CD Bose audio system with eight speakers, XM Satellite Radio, HomeLink, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Pricing for the new Z will started in the low $30,000 range when it goes on sale this January. Next year the company will introduce the redesigned Z370 roadster.


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