• Nov 16, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Nissan 370Z live

As a rain of ash fell on most of Southern California the crew from Inside Line set out to introduce enthusiasts to Nissan's new sports coupe, the 2009 Nissan 370Z. The gathering took place at the advertising offices of Chiat/Day, which supplied a striking background for the next generation Z model. First impressions of the 370Z in person were no different than those formed after viewing the initial images. The design intentions, to blend between the outgoing 350Z and stylings pulled from the Z cars of yesteryear, was especially apparent. However, it was certainly strengthened when the new model was parked in close proximity to examples of both the Z33 and its forebears vehicles. Getting a real life view of the new Z was nice, but a vehicle is best defined by the ease of human/machine interaction. The 370Z meet and greet offered the first opportunity to poke around in the coupe. Unfortunately, this blogger did not get a chance to peek inside the vehicle before the Inside Line crew put her on the spot for an opinion. The end result of the interrogation can now be seen on Inside Line's preview video.

After breaking away from the Inside Line crew I eventually secured a spot behind the steering wheel of the Z34. I was most curious about the side view offered by the larger rear fender and C-pillar combination, and as I suspected, the view was non-existent. The rear hatch also angled more sharply than the 350Z, which combined with the 370Z's smaller physical dimensions, meant less space for piling up junk in the trunk. The trunk held other surprise: an on-off switch for a rear differential cooler pump was hiding underneath the mat. The cooler addition is a typical Japanese trick for protecting sporty vehicles from abusive drivers, also known as members of the press. A shiny anodized fitting for an oil cooler was also spotted in the Z's front fender well. The extra hardware prompted rumors and questions about NISMO upgrades, but currently there are no answers on that front. One question that did receive attention was aimed at hashing out more details on the downshift rev-match option. According to those on hand, it will be a feature available on sport models and will operate through feedback on clutch engagement, brake pedal position, rpm, throttle position and gear selection.

Check the galleries below for everything we've amassed in the lead-up to the new 2009 Nissan 370Z's introduction, which should tied you over until the official unveiling at next week's LA Auto Show.



[Source: Inside Line]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why so chunky? I'm beginning to get the impression Nissan's designs are limited by packaging of the VQ engine. With stringent pedestrian safety laws driving the amount of airspace necessary over an engine, I wonder if this whole thing has been shaped around that requirement.

      I'd like to see a leaner, meaner Z. This thing is a bit of a chunky monkey, and a bit lardy around the rear arches.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else think this car is very unattractive?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Unattractive isnt the right word, ugly, looks like crap, pinto styling is more like it. But no i think it looks great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's with the pastel colors?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Car looks great in person. For those who want to see more pics, specs etc.. and chat about the Nissan 370Z...

        Please join us at

        http://Go370Z.com

        Zya there!
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1

        How bout some metallics?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why did Go370Z.com get low ranked? He was just advertising a site for people who are interested int he 370Z...

        But I have to admit. 'Zya there' was so lame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      have to say the look of the 370z is growing on me. Initially I wasn't sold on its looks but now after looking at images of the new 370z again and again.. its various design elements are starting to click visually for me.

      • 6 Years Ago
      do want now! I will trade my current Z33 for the new 370z!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm starting to like this car more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And, I haven't decided if I like this car or not. From the rear 3/4 angle and rear it looks awesome. The front 3/4 views, it looks horrible and the lines look all wrong (when viewing from the driver's side), but when I looked at that previous poster's pics, the front 3/4 view from the passenger side looked good. I think it is how the light catches that body line that runs under the window sill. It looks over-designed in some areas. The window kink works a LOT better on the classic Z's. I'm just not sure. I liked the 350Z from day one, and still do (although the rear on that car didn't impress me like this one does), btu the Infiniti G cars always looked better. Oh well, not like I am considering buying one, but I've always been a Nissan fan and this new Z's design is a little disappointing. The interior looks good, and the new power/weight loss are welcome additions though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The rear wheels need to be about 20-30mm further out to be flush with the fender wells so it looks right. It also needs about 1.5" drop at all four corners.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dude... Check pic 55...


      And I thought I Audi was weird for having SD card support.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ahahahahahahahah!!!! I see me in two of those pictures!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      this car will be faster because of the paddle shifter and you its rev matching technology.

      Please check out www.RacingFilm.com
      for latest Racing videos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      great to see the car first hand and also see my picture on this site.....sweet.

      It was nice to talk to one of the crew members from edmunds about his career.

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