At a starting price of $29,930, the Nissan 370Z Coupe could become a popular purchase in the U.S. over the next few years.

The all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z Coupe has gone on sale today in the U.S. The base model with a manual transmission has a starting MSRP of $29,930 excluding tax.

Two trim levels are available: a 370Z Coupe and a Coupe Touring. The base model comes standard with a six-speed manual, but the price bumps up to $31,230 for the seven-speed automatic. With a manual, the Touring starts at $34,460, and the auto goes up to $35,760.

The cars come with a front-engined 332 hp 3.7-liter V6 engine powering the rear wheels. Improvements over the 350Z include 26 more horses, a shorter wheelbase, and lighter weight. It also has a completely redesigned interior, and four-wheel independent suspension.

If purchasing the 370Z Touring the driver gets heated power seats with some leather adornment, HomeLink, Bluetooth, XM Radio, aluminum pedals, and a car cover. The Touring also comes with an 8-speaker Bose stereo.

Interestingly, the manual transmission also has an optional synchronized downshift rev matching feature, which should account for smoother shifting by drivers, and better use of heel-toe driving.

Options available include the $3,000 Sport Package, including 19" RAYS wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenzas, front & rear spoilers, Nissan Sport brakes, SynchroRev Match, and Viscous Limited Slip Differential. A Navigation Package comes with a hard-drive based nav system, 9.3 gigabyte Music Box Hard Drive, and an iPod interface system.

The all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z Coupe is available in U.S. dealerships now. A roadster will be available for the 2010 model year.

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