Nissan's Z-Series car tradition goes back to 1969, when the company was called Datsun. In 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the latest Z-Series was launched as the 2009 Nissan 370Z that came with a bigger engine and the long ago jettisoning of the Datsun brand. In all these years, Nissan stuck to a naming convention representative of the car's engine displacement, putting the 370Z at 3.7-litres, the biggest engine yet in a Z-Series car.
The 370Z is Nissan's third offering in the Indian car market. The iconic Nissan 370Z is a two-seater sport coupe that comes with breath-taking performance, cutting edge technology and stylish flowing design. This sports car manifests the famous quality of “Z-ness”, meaning a rear-wheel drive configuration and an emphasis on user-friendly considerations.
The design features of 370Z boasts of signature Z elements - the long nose, canopy cockpit, muscular fenders, vertical door handles is a more wheel-oriented, organic design with a sense of precision and agility. It features a front aluminium sub frame, aluminium-alloy engine cradle, aluminium door panels, an all-aluminium hood, and an aluminium hatch. It comes in eight attractive colours with two interior leather colour options — Persimmon Orange and Black.
The Nissan 370Z comes in two variants — Touring Coupe MT and Touring Coupe AT. Both the variants are powered by a VQ37VHR 3.7 L DOHC (Double Overhead Camshaft) V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL). This robust engine can churn out a whopping power of 332 bhp and 363 Nm of torque. Power delivery to the rear wheels comes through a new 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters in the Touring Coupe AT and the Touring Coupe MT is driven by a 6-speed manual transmission, which features the world's first synchronized downshift rev-matching system or Synchro Rev Match.
The 370Z's new 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) is designed to offer quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode with a target time of 0.5 seconds between shifts. The new 7-speed's wide gear ratios offer improved fuel efficiency, while the Adaptive Shift Control is designed to adjust to the driver's driving style. The Z-Series' advanced braking system provides improved overall brake feel, better fade resistance and improved NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). The Nissan 370Z can clock 100 km in a cool 5.1 sec.
The 370Z has been conceived as an “Everyday Sports Car”, bringing to life the sweet spot of performance, style and value, which symbolises the DNA of Nissan cars. With 2-link double-wishbone aluminium-alloy suspension with aluminium sub-frame on the front and 4-link aluminium-alloy suspension at the rear, the Nissan 370Z can react quickly to the driver or bumps in the road giving a constant smooth ride. This coupe rides on 19-inch 5-spoke forged alloy wheels.
The 370Z comes in a streamlined, muscular stance which is further enhanced by the boomerang shaped headlamps and tail lights. The new Z logo side turning lights represents the pride of owning this powerful model and wide body of 370Z shows an aspect of a well-trained athlete that embodies the thrill of driving.
Coming inside the 370Z, there is a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length centre console separating the driver and passenger's seat. The driver's seat is uniquely different from the passenger's seat, with lower seat cushion cut-outs on the sides where the thighs rest - allowing the driver to push on the pedals without the seat fighting them. Interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Start, power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature, power door locks with auto-lock feature, a centre console box with a new non-intrusive cover design, automatic climate control, rear window defroster with timer, two 12 volt power outlets, four cup holders - two in door panels and two in centre console, dual overhead map lights and a AM/FM/CD/AUX 8-speaker BOSE audio system with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.
The standard 4-wheel vented disc brake system includes Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) as safety features. Other standard safety features include high-mounted stop lamp, SRS air bags in front and sides, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), engine immobiliser and anti-theft alarm.