Number’s up for new Zed
A more aggressive 370Z is on the way, writes NEIL McDONALD
COVERAGE of the $148,800 GT-R glosses over the fact Nissan has another sportscar in the wings. A new 370Z is on the way and will get its first public airing at next month’s Los Angeles Motor Show.
As these photos show, the car is more evolutionary than revolutionary.
But Nissan’s designers have managed to make it more contemporary and aggressive, with flared wheel arches and a C-pillar kink through the rear side window.
The chunky vertical chrome door handles carry over, and at the back the deep-set hatch is more sculpted and has an integrated spoiler.
At the front, the headlights give the car a dramatic look and are now a focal point of the new Zed’s styling.
In addition to their zig-zag shape, the headlights are believed to use the latestgeneration LED technology.
Inside are lashings of leather, scalloped sports seats and deeply recessed gauges that evoke the styling of the original 240Z.
Nissan Australia spokesman Jeff Fisher says the car is expected to go on sale here in the middle of next year.
‘‘The Zed is iconic,’’ he says. ‘‘It was the car that symbolised Nissan’s return to health years ago and it is a strong favourite with buyers.’’
Though specifications are yet to be determined, the 370Z will get a reworked version of the VQ35R 3.5-litre V6, bumped to 3.7-litres with a lift in power and torque.
The engine is tipped to develop about 246kW and, as in the current car, it will drive the rear wheels. Touring and Track models will be available. The car is shorter than the current model but sits on a wider track, using double wishbones up front and a multi-link rear suspension.
Brembo brakes and 18-inch and 19-inch wheels are also expected.
Nissan is believed to have put the 370Z on a crash diet too, shedding weight in an attempt to deliver a quicker car with crisper handling.
The coupe, codenamed C53D, arrives first, followed by the Roadster convertible.
There are also reports the car will be available with a 4.5-litre V8.