• Nov 11, 2008
Images of the all new 2009 Nissan 370Z have been trickling out of Nissan for the past few weeks as a lead up to the car's official unveiling at the 2008 LA Auto Show. Details have been mostly speculation thus far, but now some of the rumors can be laid to rest, thanks to information in a photo caption from the LA Auto Show's website. The new Z will reverse the recent automotive trend of bloated model redesigns by featuring a reduced wheelbase and more lightweight body pieces. We also now know that its VQ37 engine will put down exactly 332 horsepower. That is a couple more ponies than are currently produced by the same engine inside the Infiniti G37. For those who like to rest their left foot while driving, a 7-speed automatic transmission will also finally be offered. And for those who enjoy some fancy footwork, but don't have a perfectly calibrated heel-toe, a rev-matching downshift system will be available for the 6-speed manual. Thanks for the tip, RDS!



[Source: LA Auto Show]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      the car looks to "soft" in that picture
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't believe how many of you are smoking crack rock! This bad boy looks better then the 350Z! Also it is about time automakers actually made the new version SMALLER and LIGHTER. Also this car look way better then the GT-R. I have seen a couple on the road and the look lame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      332 HP. If this car is less than 3000 lbs it will be absolutely amazing. So the parts of the equation we have are power, looks, and size. Still waiting on weight and price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The new Z will reverse the recent automotive trend of bloated model redesigns by featuring a reduced wheelbase and more lightweight body pieces."

      Thank GOD!!! Hopefully more manufacturers will follow this track as well...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The B8 A4 may have gotten a bit lighter, but it packed on the pounds for 3 gens before that. It's like doubling your prices and then advertising 40% off.

        The B6 and B7 A4 are the same size and weight as my B5 A6, just a hair shorter.
        • 6 Years Ago
        many are and have been just look at the new B8 A4 it's lighter than the B7 it's replacing, and faster and more frugal - it'd be nice to see nissanpay the same sort of attention to the rest of their cars... Though why A 7 speed slush box, if you can't play with the big boys and offer dsg just don't bother.

        I can't wait too see this thing in person next week
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ zamafir,

        I'm presuming they're not offering the DSG because the GT-R's is in a transaxle. It's far cheaper for them to just use what they've already had available in the same platform elsewhere than try to design a new transaxle and all of that with the DSG. Just a guess though. I have no idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shame they made it so disproportional and kind of ugly. It rides high, the front and rear look goofy, and it's too short overall. It's sort of like driving a shoe, only not a clownshoe like the Z3, old //M Roadster, or old Dodge Viper, just a goofy little bubble shoe.
      Honestly, it's terrible and they didn't even fix the dorky door handles.
      If that squished look is what they had to do to make the weight reduction, that's pathetic. Space-age technologies and cars are bloated and overweight as ever and the only thing they can offer to get it lighter weight is a midget car. Dumb. They should have just talked to Lotus to learn a few things about how to lighten a car without making it look pathetic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A rev-matching downshift system to help you heel-toe? No way! What is this about?! More details please.
      Automatics are becoming more like manuals, and manuals are becoming more like autos (remember BMWs new anti-roll back feature on manual cars).

      I can't decide if all of this is good or bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I've said before, do want.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG it looks like benny the cab. Mouth, nose, eyes, check.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm diggin' the yellow on it...can't wait to see one that's been dropped a few inches with some deep dish rims. :drool:
      • 6 Years Ago
      more horsepower AND less weight? what a brilliant idea.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What exactly is a rev matching manual transmission? Is that some sort of sequential manual like the GTR?

      I'll take mine with 3 pedals and a shifter thanks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Arumage

        Ya... I'm pretty sure we all know what "rev-matching" is.

        What's unclear is what a "rev-matching system" for the 6MT tranny means.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ""According to drivingfast.net:

        "Rev matching is a technique used to prevent unnecessary weight transfer during down-changes in a manual transmission car."""

        someone give this man a medal.

        I've been thinking about this, and the only thing i can come up with is that it blips the throttle when the shifter hits a gate LOWER than the one it was previously in. It can't be a function of the clutch, because then it would blip on upshifts as well. I suppose it could be a combination... If the shifter is moved to a lower gate, and the clutch begins to be engaged, a blip is applied. I think that would work. that's a neat system....in theory. seems like it would be strange to drive though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Trent, I don't think it could work like that in practice though because it would have to be able to blip the throttle before the clutch plates closed. If there were even slight overlap in the throttle application and the clutch closing, the car would lurch forward. And you can't just start the throttle application as soon as the shift enters the gate because you don't know how long the driver will have the clutch in, or if he might decide to more to another gear instead.

        I made a post on the second page already, but I think the only way this can be done reliably is with a clutch-by-wire system. But that seems unlikely too, even though it would be very cool if they could still get the clutch pedal to feel right.

        Frankly I am skeptical that the manual has rev matching at all. I find it odd that they specifically mentioned it for the manual and not the automatic. Does this mean then that the automatic doesn't rev match? If so, that would be a step backward from the auto transmissions in the G35/G37. I think that AB might have made a mistake here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        According to drivingfast.net:

        "Rev matching is a technique used to prevent unnecessary weight transfer during down-changes in a manual transmission car."
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad this car is going to be over priced
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