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Click above to see the Nissan 370Z in action, briefly.

As far as we know, the 2009 Nissan 370Z is due to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show later this year, so it comes as no surprise that testing is well underway. Our new friend Ryen was able to briefly catch a cloaked mule on highway 60, leading through Phoenix, Arizona yesterday, and although the video after the jump is brief, the VQ37HR-powered coupe does look a bit shorter than its predecessor, lending credence to the rumors we've heard since 2007.

As reported previously, the 370Z will be powered by the same 3.7-liter V6 found in the Infiniti G37, so output should be up and over 330 hp, with torque cresting the 270 lb.-ft. mark. The new Z will be shortened by five to seven inches, losing about 220 pounds in the process.

Hit the jump to view the video and check out BestCar's recreation here.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      More power and less weight! I look forward to it
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup this is great news. Except my car will have yet another thing to be afraid of on the streets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very cool indeed.
      Now, how about yanking an old Maxima engine to make a lower-line 300Z for those of us who are perfectly happy with 222 HP? (and less weight, lower price, and sweeter engine sounds... the VQ was already kinda discordant at 3.5 liters)
      • 6 Years Ago
      headlights are disgusting.

      how much will this cost for a base model? im assuming 30k+. i think the current 350z is right around the 28k range for a base msrp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This seems to be a sexy package. I love the headlights on this model, looks super aggressive. This and the C6 vette seem to be marvelous examples of great design.
      Michael D.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't like it being shortened, but I like everything else; it's probably be wider, have a wider track allowing for a better, more aggressive stance. Perhaps it'll be like comparing a Corvette C5 to a C6 - the C6 may be 5" shorter overall but it's superior to the C5 in every way and is more cut, defined and aggressive.

      The same can probably be said for the new Maxima, I saw my first one on the road (not in a dealer showroom or lot) yesterday (7/9/08), and, let me tell you, it stands out! It's miles ahead of it already worthy predecessor!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Michael D.
        worthy predecessor?

        oh, your sarcasm slays me!
      • 6 Years Ago
      A -- it looks cool. Glad they are going back more to the 240Z size and image: many of the versions in between have looked almost flabby

      B-- No reason for a G37 and a Z of almost the same size, so the Z can be tight, the G more a grand tourer.

      C-- I hope not to catch myself picking apart features of Photoshop renditions in a blog --- let's wait for the damn real car!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wish the video was better, but I guess what can you do when all you have is a cell phone camera and you're trying to navigate traffic. I do like the fact that the guy was in a Z, though.

      The back looks a bit more rounded...but that could have been the camo. Can't wait to see better footage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know when sales are set to begin? And when people started hearing about 370Z testing?

      I'm trying to figure out if Nissan really manage to turn around the next generation of their sports car faster than GM was able to adapt a Holden platform (Camaro) to the NA market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still can't get pass the headlights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its VQ37VHR (forgot the V from VVEL).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shorter and lighter should be the general direction for all sports cars. They're getting too huge and heavy.
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