On October 29, 2008, Nissan Motors introduced their sports car under the Nissan 370Z name (commonly sold as Fairlady Z in Japanese market) at an even held in Los Angeles prior to mega Los Angeles Auto Show. The 370Z came after 350Z as a sixth generation model of Z-car range.
The 370Z comes with a complete revised components and equipments. It offers a VQ37VHR 3.7-L (230 cubic inch) DOHC V6 engine equipped with Variable Valve and Lift Control generating 332 bhp (248 kW; 337 PS) and mated to either a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or 6-speed manual transmission with world’s first synchronized down shift rev-matching system called the SynchroRev Match. Only sports package receives this SynchroRev Match system. This sports package also receives a viscous limited slip differential.
The 370Z has a shorter wheelbase than 350Z by 4 inch (100 mm) and stands at 100.4 inch (2550 mm). Similarly, the overall length of the 370Z is shorter by 2.7 inch (69 mm) from 350Z and stands at 167.1 inch (4240 mm). The height of the 370Z is also reduced by 0.3 inch (7.6 mm), while the width of 370Z has been increased by 1.3 inch (33 mm). The 370Z also has a larger rear track than 350Z. To keep the weight of the vehicle on lower side, lightweight material is used such as front aluminum subframe, aluminum-alloy engine cradle, aluminum door panels, an all-aluminum hood, and an aluminum hatch.
The 370Z also offers improved front body torsion rigidity with its expansively redesigned boy structure that features a new front suspension cradle to reduce front body lateral bending, new rear structural reinforcements, and an underbody “V-bar” to help reduce rear lateral bending. Some of the other improvements made in the vehicle are the use of carbon fiber composite radiator housing and reinforcing of the rear fender and hatch areas.
The drag coefficient of 370Z is similar to the 350Z, i.e. 0.30 and 0.29. The 370Z also receives different clutch and brakes from 350Z. The previous Brembo racing brakes are replaced by new Nissan’s brakes created by Akebono.
370Z Coupe (2009–present)
In 2009, the coupe version of 370Z was launched. It was available with both manual and automatic transmission and powered by 3.7-L V6 engine developing 245 kW (239 hp) and torque of 365 Nm (269 lb-ft). Other features offered were: 19-inch wheels, Bluetooth, electric seats, limited slip differential, Bose sound system and subwoofer, CD changer with front loader, heated seats, and climate control.
NISMO 370Z (2009–present)
NISMO 370Z was also introduced in 2009. The engine used in this vehicle is capable of producing 350 bhp (260 kW) at 7400 rpm and torque of 276 lb-ft (374 Nm) at 5200 rpm. The engine comes with enhanced ECU settings and exhaust setup. The transmission offered is the only 6-speed manual along with Nissan’s new ‘SynchroRev Match’ system. The performance division of Nissan introduces stiffened springs and stabilizer bars to improve the handling of the car. Other prominent features are: 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels with Yokohama ADVAN Sport Y-rated tires (P245/40ZR19 front, P285/35ZR19 rear), 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented rotors, NISMO Sport Brakes with 4-piston front and 2-piston rear aluminum calipers, and a fully integrated chin spoiler.
370Z Yellow (2009)
The 370Z Yellow was introduced in 2009 and was a limited edition car manufactured for the British market. The car is based on the European GT4 race car. Because of its yellow exterior, it is given the name 370Z Yellow. It features 19-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels, black leather and suede interior upholstery, integrated satellite navigation system, illuminated entry plates, special mats and a Bose audio with 8 speakers and a 6-CD autochanger.
In North America, the model identical to 370Z was Chicane Yellow.
370Z Roadster (2010–present)
The convertible model of 370Z was launched in 2010. The vehicle offers a soft-top roof. However, certain automotive magazines claim that it has a retractable hardtop.
The touring model features heated and cooling leather-appointed power net seats, XM Satellite Radio, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, a 6-CD Bose audio system with 8 speakers (with dual subwoofer) and MP3/WMA playback, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, and aluminum trimmed pedals.
There are two packages offered for touring models, i.e. Sport Package and Navigation Package. The Sport Package features 19-inch RAYS forged wheels with Bridgestone Potenza tires, Nissan Sport Brakes, SynchroRev Match (6-speed manual transmission only), and Viscous Limited Slip Differential. The Navigation Package offers: touch-screen Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic real-time traffic information, a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback, and a USB port for iPod connectivity.
370Z 40th Anniversary Edition (2010)
In commemoration to the 40th anniversary of the 240Z in United States, Nissan introduced a limited anniversary edition devised on 370Z Coupe Touring. This Anniversary Edition offered manual transmission special “40th Anniversary Graphite” exterior color, red leather interior upholstery, a high-luster smoke wheel finish, red brake calipers, 40th Anniversary badges on the rear hatch and front strut tower brace, red door panel inserts, 40th Anniversary seatback and floormat embroidery, and red stitching on the center stack, shift boot and kneepads. In addition to this, Port Package is also available with features like SynchroRev Match, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, Nissan Sport Brakes, 19-inch Ray’s forged aluminum-alloy wheels and viscous limited-slip differential.