• Jun 26th 2008 at 12:58PM
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The crew at 7Tune got a hold of the latest issue of Best Car, and in addition to creating their own full size Z34 Nissan through the use of bondo and stickers, they've got more details on the next iteration of the Z car.

Due to go on sale later this year, likely after an official unveiling at the LA Auto Show, the 370Z will be packing the same 3.7-liter, VQ37HVR V6 found in the Infiniti G37, with output estimated at around 335 hp and 278 lb.-ft. of torque (JDM spec). Best Car spoke with the Z34's Chief of Production, Shinjiro Yukawa, and he revealed that a special edition model is being considered that would significantly raise the performance of the new Z by fitting a V8 underhood.

The new car will come in about 100 kg (220 pounds) lighter than the outgoing model, and equipped with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed sportshift-equipped automatic. Double wishbones will suspend things up front, while a multi-link arrangement will handle duties in the back. The top-spec S and ST versions are expected to roll on upgraded 19-inch wheels, while lower models make due with 18-inch hoops, and Brembo 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brakes will halt forward progress on the high-end models.

As expected, the headlamps will feature the same L-shaped design originally debuted on the new Maxima, while the A-pillar and roof treatment are rumored to ape the lines found on the R35 GT-R. Also expect upswept side windows and more bulbous fenders to round out the exterior makeover.

[Source: 7Tune]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope that's what the final production car is gonna look like. Too much of the same with an ugly rear end.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like that they're going with up-swept windows in the sides. A sort of tip of the hat to the S30 Fairlady ( http://wmexpressway.net/index.php?showtopic=26883 ).
        • 7 Years Ago
        those were beautiful
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm... I'm not to eager about the new 370Z. Personally I think the GTR look is not a good one to bring over to the smaller Z. The roof line and up-swept windows don't look good on the Z, in my opinion. Which is a shame because the Z has always been a great looking and performing car. It seems that now only the performance aspect will remain intact. Personally I would keep the 350Z over what they are showing here...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Somebody told me that a 200 to 300 lb weight lost was unreasonable to expect. Thanks nissan 220 is a good start. And for all of you v8 haters, there is no subsitute for cubic inches. dont belive me? ask your woman
        • 7 Years Ago
        I asked her and she said she doesnt like fatties.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guys you are forgetting that the VQ series engines are huge for v6s. I believe they weigh the same, if not more than a LS series big V8 in a Corvette and get worse gas mileage. If they put the new Nissan V8 that is going in the new Fx with 390hp and a bunch of torque then we will have a monster consider this car should weigh around 3100lbs. We could have something that could compete with a corvette.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I guess I'm confused then...why does Nissan need another car competing with the Corvette when it has the GT-R? And if the Z did suddenly compete with the Corvette, I would think that it would only look like bad compared with the GT-R, or take away sales from the GT-R. I would think that Nissan would be worrying about balancing the car (ala MX-5) with the right HP/handling, rather than playing the numbers game.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does anyone else expect to hear about a large amount of stabbings in front-end collisions caused by the new knife-in-the-headlights design of all of Nissan's vehicles :/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why use a V8 when you can get same or better performance (and economy) from a turbo 6?
      • 7 Years Ago
      V8 in the G35 coupe/sedan is what they need.
      • 7 Years Ago

      The VQ is alright, a guy I know has one of these and in all city driving it isn't exatly frugal. I doubt a V8 will be any worse while it return superior performance and a superior soundtrack. Turbo 6s are fun but generate heat like no other and use a ton of fuel as well without the heavy metal sound.

      Long live the V8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      V8 lol nissan needs to rethink this
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't, and still don't like the roof arches on the GTR, and they look as bad, or worse, here.

      IF the production car looks like this... fail, IMHO. Maybe others will like it...

      No dual-clutch gearbox in place of automatic... kind of a fail. de-contented Dual-clutch from the GT-R, with one or two fewer ratios, middle-placement, and no AWD should be affordable to put in a sports car.

      V8... Somehow seems ill-fitting.

      Put a V8 in the Skyline GT/G-series 2+2 coupe. I vote for the 5.0 VVEL, heck yes. But the Z has always been a 6-cylinder car.

      Too bad it looks to be getting uglier, like the rest of the Nissan line. Something has taken a turn for the worse at nissan's styling studios.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the G-nose but the rear 3/4 will have to grow on me. I would like to see a turbo six option instead of the V8 but maybe they're trying to differentiate it from the GT-R. Hope it doesn't cost 45-50k cause that's what killed the 300zx.
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