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Inside Line was given a thorough peek at and allowed to drive the coming Nissan 370Z, and appears to like what it has seen. Many of their findings have been previously guessed at based on spy photos of the car, but their viewing seems to prove that it all fits together well enough in person. Unfortunately, they were barred from commenting on the driving experience. The most controversial aspect is still the shortened rear of the car, which IL guesses has gone back to 99 inches. To look at the pictures, there really isn't room for much behind the driver's door but wheel arches and a taillight. Interestingly, IL also suggests that the car will be available with a 7-speed automatic, which brings to three the number of potential non-manual transmissions. The proof, as always, will be in the pudding, and the first serving will come on October 29 when the official photos are released.

[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Worst informative post ever.

      *comic book store guy voice*
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 7-speed auto will almost certainly be the same as in the G37. Same motor, same tranny makes sense right? So to answer your question, traditional auto with paddle shifters.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't really understand why there's so much uncertainty about the auto transmission. There have been maybe 10 independent reports of seeing technical manuals, lease options, etc that show it will be a 7-speed auto. Unless they want to throw ALL of that away, that's what it's going to be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A question. Will this be a simple refreshing of the current car (like the 1987 ZX from the 1984 model) or an all new redesign (like the 1984 ZX from the 1979 model)? They say it is shorter? I hope they don't make this icon ugly. Short cars aren't exactly known for their beauty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How is a shortened wheelbase "controversial"?

      It's a 2-seat sports car! You should be sitting just in front of the rear wheels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think golfers will be just fine. For comparisons sake, you can fit a set of golf clubs (soft bag) in a Solstice with the top down. The coupe will allow for a hard bag.

        So the 370Z, even with a shortened wheelbase, will be just fine for golfers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No room for golf clubs.

        The 350Z actually has a label in the trunk showing you how to fit golf clubs in there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the new design. Less 1st gen Audi TT which looks is pretty damn ugly today. This car is more Porsche with just the right proportions to show you it has its engine in the front with the rear wheels doing the Driving. Would have been nice to have a pop-up wing in the back under the rear windshield.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The taillights would have looked better like that. It would be clearly evolutionary.

      As much as I think it's going to be ugly, I want to see it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Motor Trend says the car will be revealed November 19th at the LA Auto Show, several days after Edmunds says.

      So who's got the right info? Because they were both at the drive. I suppose it doesn't really matter because it'll be out in a few weeks one way or the other.

      Bottom of the page:
      http://www.motortrend.com/future/future_vehicles/112_0810_2010_nissan_370z_prototype_details/engine_conclusions.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      When Nissan/Infiniti redesigned the G35-G37 i thought Nissan made a bad move because it had taken an iconic car made in very ordinary. The thing with G35 was (still is) that its lines were side and front line were perfect for 2 door coupe. Though some would say (including Nissan) thought that the G35 looked very immature for the brand. They redesigned G35 so it had elegance to compete with 335. Even though G37 doesn't provoke the same emotion as G35 it is more elegant and mature. Plus how many kids (18-25) do you see driving G37 versus G35?? I can't explain but G35 looked awesome nuff said.

      The new Z takes cues from the G35 goes in that direction which is great. I think Nissan did this because 'Nissan' brand is very versatile and isn't pigeon holed like Infinit (or lexus). If they can make new 'Z' car anywhere cool as G35 it will be a great hit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its ugly

      The G37 looks much better
        • 6 Years Ago
        you got that right...bimmer are very ugly this time around...all models :O
        • 6 Years Ago
        Disagree... the G37 is too damned slimy looking, like a designer had a great idea, mocked it up in plastic, then baked it at 350F for 20 mins. I'm not saying the Nissan wins beauty pageants, but at least it has character. That said, anything is prettier than a BMW these days.

        Admittedly I'm not much for coupes. Seems a waste of wheelbase to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      damn, what happened to the rims on the previous spy shot?
      but seems like the new Z is shaping to be a good car at the least
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like we have a new trend, first mazda lets the european press drive/photograph the new 3 prototype, now nissan shows near production Z370 to Inside Line
        • 6 Years Ago
        Europe or US it doesn’t matter… I just think automakers got tired of spy photographers and will now post spy photos of upcoming cars themselves.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You think they don't already give the press their own "spy" photos ?????

        I wonder....I wonder...
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