• May 14th 2008 at 10:58AM
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We've seen details of the forthcoming Nissan 350Z replacement, dubbed the 370Z on account of a bump in displacement to 3.7 liters for its next-gen VQ V6 engine, and we also know that it will debut this November at the L.A. Auto Show. Nissan even revealed its own version of a quirky teaser shot showing the car's profile. A recent presentation held somewhere on this floating orb we call Earth, however, included a slide that pretty much removes the mystery surround the rear-wheel-drive coupe's new looks. Fortunately for us, someone at the presentation forgot to confiscate everyone's camera phone. So what we see is a new 370Z that very much retains the basic shape of the current car, but features softened creases, fenders flaired even more, a kinky C-pillar and a pair of headlights with an odd 'L' shape that first debuted on the 2009 Maxima. Along with the new shape, the new engine should offer buyers around 330 horsepower, as we doubt Nissan will want to make the less expensive 370Z more powerful than the more expensive 330-hp Infiniti G37.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like the side windows. Like others have said, very reminiscent of the early Z cars. A great idea.

      As Uber as the GT-R is, this one's way better looking. Easily my favorite Nissan. Way to go Nissan!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not feeling the L-shaped headlights...

      but who the heck notices that, with a completely ugly roofline.

      That is the most hideous thing I have seen in a while.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not attractive. Typically fussy Japanese design, teying to define cahracter with trendy details rather than proportions. Bring back the Z from '90-'96, still one of the sexiest sportscars ever made!
        • 7 Years Ago
        READ: Rendered Speculation
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. The L-shaped headlight is an interesting design experiment, but it should have died in the design studio.

        The roofline looks like it will have a little GTR inspiration. I need to see a rear 3/4 shot. I don't like what I see in the back with this newest picture.

        The 350Z, and now the 370Z, has a lot of potential as a platform for bargain performance. But they continue to foul up the appearance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      new Nissam Maxima & Nissam Murano are ugly..hope that Nissan will not make 350z ugly too...
      anyway..from this render it looks not!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Headlights looks crap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Atleast this one makes the L shaped headlights flow, whereas the Maxima is just plain ugly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was my first thought as well. I really don't like the headlight treatment on the Maxima, but everything looks better on a swoopy coupe with an angrier squint.
        • 7 Years Ago
        looks good, but still has the lame door handles that ruined the 350's lines.

        while I can see the old 240-280 lines the nose looks mazdaish.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed. The Maxima really has been a fashion victim the last two generations. It seems like Nissan uses it to test the waters for it's more extreme detailing experiments, then subsequently tones them down for other models.

        I really get the impression they're trying to kill off the Maxima, but they're being passive-aggressive about it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I used to think that of all the Japanese brands, Infiniti (+ Nissan) had the strongest, most consistent brand design identity since 2005.

      I thought the 350z, Maxima, Altima, G35, FX35/45, M35/45 from 2005 forward were very strong in terms of design cohesion. They all looked to be of the same family with very sporty genes, muscular haunches and beautiful profiles.

      But now... with the 2008+ models, it's a struggle not to turn away in mild disgust.

      The G37s (backend)... the 09 FX (everything but the inside)... the 09 Maxima... Jesus. Good thing I bought my G35 when the going was good.

      My next car will undoubtedly be a Bimmer... their quality and performance is unmatched... and they don't let the design department pull a 180.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL. The current 7, 5, and 3 series sedan are all butt ugly. The previous gen for all those models was very classy and stylish. From the eyebrows on the 5 and 7 series, to the scrunched hyundai rear lights on the 3 sedan, it's all hideous to look at.
        • 7 Years Ago
        BMW's design department has never pulled a 180? Seriously?

        Perhaps you've forgotten the first bulbous Bangle 7-series and its elegantly simple predecessor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really could give a damn what it looks like from the outside. Things important to me with the next z car
      -nicer interior
      -gas mileage(it gets worse then the original)
      -a FUNCTIONAL hatchback(no bridge taking up all the space!!)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont really like where the front end is going but its an odd angle so it might be ok. The back end looks like its shaping up nicely. The rear really lets you know its the back wheels doing the work. I like that. Hopefully they will make the car a bit trimmer looking than the last one. I got a bloated feeling from the old design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It’s almost as if Nissan used up all of their original ideas on the GT-R. Granted, this is a vague glimpse of a draft product I’m still left uninspired. The 350Z was a great design when it came out, some would argue that it’s still a great design but to me it’s dated. I think it needs a new look rather than some gaudy updates such as boomerang-shaped headlights; perhaps some styling that hints to the 240Z?

      I’m sure it will be a decent product; I just don’t think it will be stealing sales away from the Mustang, or new Camaro, when it goes on sale.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another no headroom wonder from Datsun
      • 7 Years Ago
      This confirms what had already been shown in March from pictures posted in Magazine X. There are pictures of the interior already too. If you want to see the rear, check out this link... http://forums.freshalloy.com/showthread.php?t=180817
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks for the link, I remember those images from a while back. I'm sure this is the way the final production model will look, and your link pretty much proves it. Funny side note: the Japanese mag you show rotated the separate headlight assembly on its SIDE by mistake! They look much better rotated correctly into place.

        I put together a slightly more "illuminating" view of the original photo:


        I really like the more rounded shoulder over the 350Z's creased edge. The way it flows out to emphasize the front fender and then fades away towards the rear is quite sexy. I also like the new C-pillar and the way the flared fender melds into it (similar to the Ford Shelby GR-1 concept). The grill isn't perfect, but it's much better than the boring old 350Z rectangle. The inset power dome hood also looks more muscular--which 330 HP is sure to reinforce.

        I don't like the chunky silver door handles sticking out from the body, or the way the headlights bulge out from the surface for that matter (you can see it on the far side headlight in the image I linked above). The L-shape is better than some others we've seen from Nissan lately, but I still miss the sugar scoops from the old 240Z. They should benchmark those, and put nothing else on the car until they can design something better. The worst thing going for it though, is that the 370Z is still based on the same platform as the G35/7, M35/45, EX35/7, FX37/45 so it's way too heavy for a 2 seater. Still a fun car, but I hope they find a way to make it lighter, or just offer a back seat and go head on with the Genesis coupe, RX-8, Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honestly. From that 1 pic right there, it looks a Billion times better than the current one. We might get an attractive car from Japan again!
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