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Nissan 370z (2009)

by Barry Green,reviewed December 2009

When you’re on a good thing, stick to it, so the old saying goes. Nissan has wisely done just that with the sixth incarnation of its iconic Z car.
The 370Z has a slightly smaller, lighter body with a larger, more powerful engine than the 350Z. There’s good use made of space behind the low-set, racing-style seats that offer both comfort and lateral support.

Economy has been boosted, with Nissan claiming an ADR combined fuel cycle figure of 10.4 litres/100 km, an improvement of some 10 percent. Our test returned a best of 12.6. But the driving experience, not fuel frugality, is what a Z car is about and here the 370 delivers.

A comprehensively revised chassis and suspension set-up with shorter wheelbase, wider track and lower centre of gravity empowers the car with a feeling of alertness.

The steering is well weighted, turn in is quick, and grip levels are right there with European competition which is double the price. For a bona fide sports car, the ride quality is not overly harsh. The 370Z is also quicker than its predecessor. Power, up by 6.5 percent, is delivered in a flow, rather than a spike, and while a torque boost of 1.4 percent might seem minor on paper, the spread is broader. Peak torque doesn’t arrive until 5250 rpm, improving driveability substantially.
Nissan 370z 2009

For

Engaging drive, solid performance, racy styling

Against

No steering reach adjustment, temporary use spare, tyre roar

Key features

Airconditioning, central locking, power seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, sat-nav. system, six-disc Bose sound system, leather upholstery, bluetooth capability, immobiliser, alarm

Safety

Six airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TC)

Car Details

Vehicle make Nissan
Vehicle model 370Z
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2009
Price when new $70,999 (seven-speed auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 3.7-litre, 24-valve, double overhead cam (DOHC) V6
Max power 245 kW @ 7000 rpm
Max torque 363 Nm @ 5200 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 6.1 sec
Braking from 80 km/h 21.5 m
Economy ADR 10.4 litres/100 km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.