Phoenix Valley racing and auto enthusiasts will likely recognize the Nissan 370Z from a wide array of racing games, as well as the new film The Fast and the Furious: Fast 5.
Almost every piece and component of the 370Z has been redesigned from the previous model, the Nissan 350Z. It is powered by the VQ37, Cuin DOHC V6, with VVEL Variable Valve and Lift Control, and produces 332 bhp. Power delivery to the rear wheels comes through a new 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, or 6-speed manual transmission, which features the world’s first synchronized down shift rev-matching system, the SynchroRev Match.
The smaller exterior dimensions and use of more lightweight materials help reduce weight. The 370Z features a front aluminum sub-frame, aluminum-alloy engine cradle, aluminum door panels, an all-aluminum hood, and an aluminum hatch.
Front body torsion rigidity is improved by 10 percent with an extensively revised body structure which includes 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. Additional enhancements include the use of a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthening of the rear fender and hatch areas. Rear body torsion rigidity is improved by up to 22 percent and rear body vertical bending rigidity is improved by up to 30 percent. The new structure weighs slightly less than the Nissan 350Z.
The coefficient of drag is 0.30 and 0.29 with the Sport Package, figures identical to the already aerodynamic Nissan 350Z. Nissan has also changed the clutch and brakes of the 350Z for the 370Z. The brakes have been changed from the overly expensive Brembo racing brakes to Nissan branded brakes which are manufactured by Akebono. This means a lower price tag for Phoenix Arizona drivers, both on the showroom floor, and at the gas pump.
Phoenix Arizona auto enthusiasts can view and test drive the new 2011 Nissan 370Z at any local Phoenix Valley Nissan dealer.