Num­ber’s up for new Zed

A more ag­gres­sive 370Z is on the way, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

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.

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