Nissan 350Z Roadster

The 2009 Nissan 350Z Roadster continues to offer sports car lovers high-performance excitement and a dynamic driving experience. For 2009, three models are available: 350Z Roadster Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring. Each comes equipped with a standard VQ35HR3.5-liter V6 producing 306 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque and a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions. Revisions for 2009 include one new exterior color – Moonlight White (replaces Pikes Peak White).

“Ever since its introduction, the 350Z Roadster has maintained its status as the premier, affordable open-air sports car for top-down driving enthusiasts – offering an exceptional combination of performance, quality, heritage and value,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “With its stylish design, easy-to-operate convertible top design, powerful V6 and responsive chassis and brakes, the 350Z Roadster attracts attention wherever it goes – or stops.”

The Z® Roadster features a power-operated soft top with heated glass rear window, which transforms from top-up to top-down in about 20 seconds. The top stows compactly under a lightweight, powered tonneau cover, completely hiding the top when down. The three-lock, single latch system provides a secure seal, while also making the opening and closing process easier.

Numerous structural reinforcements were incorporated to strengthen the Z® Roadster unibody (versus the 350Z Coupe), including a center floor V-shaped cross bar connecting the side sills and a front A-shaped cross bar reinforcing the front end. Additional reinforcement was added at the door openings and to the seating area connecting the sides to the floor structure to help enhance rigidity.

A tempered glass wind deflector, located between the seats, directs wind out and over the cabin when the top is down, reducing interior noise. Seatbelt fasteners are standard to help keep seatbelts from flapping in the wind. As a result, the Z® Roadster is among the leading competitors for low top-down interior noise.

The Z® Roadster’s instrument panel features three gauge pods consisting of the drive computer, oil pressure gauge and voltmeter, as well as modern touches such as the optional navigation system with a 7.0-inch display. The Z® Roadster also makes the most of available storage space, with a standard lockable luggage box capable of storing a briefcase and sufficient trunk space, even with the top retracted. The trunk has up to 4.1 cubic feet of useable room for storage.

For 2009, the 350Z Roadster continues the Z®’s rich performance heritage, including a state-of-the-art platform, engine, suspension and braking systems. The heart and soul of the Nissan Z®, since the original 1970 model, is its engine. Every 2009 350Z Roadster features a standard VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 306 horsepower @ 6,800 RPM and 268 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 RPM, with more than 90% of torque available between 2,000 and 7,000 RPM.

Source: Nissan News

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