• Oct 1st 2008 at 7:58AM
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When Nissan launched the 350Z in '02, it was working hard to reinvent itself and the new Z was clearly its halo car in the U.S. market. Now that that the revival has come and gone, expect the new 370Z to take on a new tack as a harder edged vehicle. In fact, Nissan plans to take on Porsche, the most classic of all sportscar manufacturers, with its newest coupe. Equipped with a larger 335-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine and having gone on a serious diet, possibly shedding as much as 200 lbs, the new Z will definitely have the cojones to keep up with its foes, including the Cayman, and its shorter wheelbase and wider track should conspire to make it quite the handler as well. We'll get our first official look at the new son-of-Godzilla at the LA Auto Show, shorty after which the Nissan 370Z should show up in Japanese dealerships with U.S. delivery at a later date. Hopefully, not too much later.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This should be an interesting vehicle. As a car guy, I love that they're getting rid of some of the girth, and boosting the HP. Personally though, i'd like to see them have a model with a smaller, possibly blown, 4 cyclinder in the 220-250 range (make the price more acceptable for the masses and compete with the new genesis coupe)... but that doesn't seem to be in the cards

      Looking forward to LA!

      • 7 Years Ago
      where did the 200 pound figure come from..

      I only saw this in the article:

      Nissan has not released specifications for the next-generation Z car. But it is widely expected to be lighter and carry a more advanced transmission.

      Either way should be an interesting hissy fit the germans throw.
      • 7 Years Ago

      This is like when pontiac says there taking on BMW. Or buick going against lexus.

      How cute.
      Kenneth Creedon
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this might be a good thing especially with the tanking economy its about time the consumer got some type of relief from the big companies. I like Porsche especially their aesthetics but I think it is time to make them better. Competition will do that. I think paying money for a name is becoming more and more irrelevant as names like BMW typically meant handling beyond reproach and Porsche meant excellent handling, power, and design. With their products starting to languish on the vine (245hp isn't that much any more even if the car is light as a feather) and I think Nissan maybe on to something here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ehh they will probably just use another hopped up test car with slicks to set a time no one else can come close to matching. Either way the 350z is a pretty nice car and I'm hoping they don't screw it up by changing something that really isn't broken.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really, I don't care who wins in the end, except we know consumers would. Competition rules!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm all for this thing. I've always liked Z's and if they make a new one that goes up against the cayman and it sells for below $40k, I'm sure they'll be the tuner kids all lined up to buy one. Now I don't think it'll sway any of the porsche buyers because it doesn't have the badge.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk is cheap.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cayman sure thing!
        Cayman S maybe not...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with Raz, if someone is looking to buy a Porsche, they want a PORSCHE, for obvious reasons. I still think Nissan is a long way from being really 'up there' with Porsche name. Any company can aim at them performance wise, but the quality of the Porsche machines will still linger heavily in people's minds.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The thing is... competing does not only mean around the track, but can also be in terms of marketing and sales. A Nissan can never compete with a Porsche in terms of the market. Because they are aiming at different class of buyers and the prices of their cars are separated by a substantial amount, so I don't think they are competing in the same class. I mean.... Audi TT-S and Cayman, probably, but if they are pricing the 370Z similar to the old one, then i seriously don't think they are competing, not market wise anyway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Caymen has only got 245hp, it shouldn't take much to beat. For $50,000, it doesn't take much to be it, especially since there are tons of cars in that price range that can whoop it.

        The Cayman S makes 295hp, the more-powerful Z may have a much harder time considering its heavier, but this new 370Z is suppose to be 100mm shorter and 200lbs or more lighter then its predecessor so it may stack up well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Although I agree with Raz, Porsche owners won't feel so great when car that is cheaper can keep up with them/possibly surpass them in performance. What happens then? They take the Porsche badge off the car and shove it in the Nissan owner's face? That is about all they can do (while being dissapointed in a car they spent more money on only to get equal results). To bad this is the way of the average consumer, badges mean a lot to them.

        Trying not to talk trash, just stating an opinion.
        • 7 Years Ago
        dont forget about that rumored v8 z. im guessing about 400 hp
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why can't Nissan use Infiniti more for their performance cars and help the brand out a little?
      Infiniti has the potential to compete if Nissan would give them a halo car
      • 7 Years Ago
      It was confirmed for a January 2009 release date at ZCON. There have been two mules caught by two separate people in the west.

      Autoblog, where have you been? No love for the Z?

      I'm kidding. It's got to be hard to keep up with all that goes on in the automotive world, what with the new GTR Transformer out and all.



      There are a few more of the two running around. Appears to be two different trims as one has larger brakes and a different aero package
      • 7 Years Ago
      When people want and can afford a Porsche, they want a Porsche even if it does the same time around a track. Nissan can never compete and win over that. I am not saying 350Z or the 370Z is not as good in anyway. But there are always some things Nissan can NEVER compete with a Porsche, and that is class. So when both cars are aimed at a completely different market and price range, i don't think its a competition at all. I mean... people who wants to go fast and have money, they'll go for a Porsche, others who wants to go fast but cant afford it will buy other cars that's available.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think your assessment is dead on, but such a statement from Nissan is less of a shot across Porsche's bow than it is across the bow of a more traditional competitor of Nissan.

        If I'm a competitor of the Nissan Z, I'd better be aiming for Porsche as well. But then, I'm just trying to think of who such a competitor would be. Mazda? Subaru? Hyundai? I guess I don't really know any more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Many critics said that the GTR couldn't compete with a Porsche, and look at what that's stirred up.

        And to your other point: I don't think it's always a matter of not being able to afford a Porsche, there are many people (myself included) who can't justify the extra $ for a Porsche when there are many other vehicles that will do the same thing for less.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just a fyi. The current Nismo 350z beat the Cayman S by almost 2 seconds around Tskuba circuit if memory serves so it wont be a big deal for the 370z to kill a Cayman S. Problem for the 370z is what happens when Porsche updates the Cayman S? Back to being behind but it will still be a hell of a value to even be mentioned with Porsche in the performance aspect. Nissan will always be behind Porsche in the quality of materials as they are trying to keep the price down. Even with the GTR they didnt go all out on the interior. But for 70k you get supercar performance and very good, but not porschelike interior. Way to go Nissan. If the GTR is any indication the 370z should give the Cayman S a black eye for now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        tuskuba is garbage
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully they will keep the price low. Sub $30k for a 350z was a killer of a deal for the performance you get. I had a 350z 35th Anv. (It was on a lease and have since turned it in. I have a more "family" compatible vehicle) and loved that car. If I had the extra money to have a "play" car I would definitely get another.

      Not sure, but didn't the 300zx die because it got too expensive?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes that's what killed the Z last time. Before long those that want one can't afford it, and vice versa.

        I had a few Zs with the inline 6, but the last time I was shopping for an inexpensive performance car I wound up with a Subaru. Partly because Nissan service is so bad, and partly because their reliability reputation is tarnished IMO.

        The thought of the Z competing with Porsche is laughable to me, without several qualifying statements around it.
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