2011 Nissan 370Z has gained a series of subtle and significant changes, and is designed to highlight the status of this car as one of a pure sports car and the most interesting is brought up in the market and as a dynamic leader. The main changes contained in this car is the chassis of the two versions, the Coupe and Roadster, separately enhance comfort in ride and handling with high-speed. A new tire pressure monitoring system that can improve the safety of drivers with more information as rear view camera is integrated into the Premium Nissan Connect salelit navigation system that is able to make it easier and safer.
Other changes contained within this car go round increasing isolation from road noise in the coupe, while the automatic versions of both now have a ‘Snow’ which sets the revision to improve the grip when driving on ice and snow.
“The changes to the 370Z are part of Nissan’s programme of continual development to all its products. Perhaps most significantly, the fine tuning of the chassis has been developed in Europe for Europe,” said Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Nissan in Europe. ”The Model Year 2011 370Z takes one of the most popular sports cars on the market and make it even more fun to drive.”
Nissan 370Z measures 4245mm from bumper to bumper and sits on a 2550mm wheelbase, exactly 100mm shorter than its predecessor’s. At 1315mm tall, it’s lower by 10mm while it is wider by 30mm at 1845mm. To ensure the lower roofline doesn’t impinge on interior headroom, the seating position has also been lowered, resulting in a lower centre of gravity.
At the same time, the torsional rigidity of the body has increased by up to 30 per cent compared to the 350Z, notably at the front where a bracing bar has been mounted on top of the suspension turrets. Extensive use of aluminium – it’s now used for the doors and rear hatch as well as the bonnet – plus other weight saving measures have seen more than 32kg trimmed from the car’s all-up mass, despite the addition of extra safety, environmental and luxury equipment.
At the heart of the Nissan 370Z is its exceptional 3.7-litre V6 engine. A development of the unit that powered the 350Z, the all-alloy 24-valve twin cam not only develops more power and torque but is also more response, more refined and more fuel efficient. The addition of VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology helps deliver electrifying performance, the engine developing 328 PS and an impressive 366Nm of torque. It is coupled to a short throw six-speed sports manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic.
When in S-Mode, the manual transmission features Nissan’s Synchro Rev Control to ensures perfect rev matching when the driver is changing gear, delivering perfect ‘heel and toe’ changes every time. Sensors on the clutch and on the gear lever itself monitor driver actions to blip the throttle on down shifts and maintain constant engine revs when changing up. As the sensors detect clutch pedal movement, the SRC system is primed, coming into operation when the gear lever is moved. By matching this information to vehicle speed, SRC knows whether the driver is slowing for a corner or changing up through the ‘box.
Downshift Rev Matching is a feature on the automatic gearbox, too, which also has Adaptive Shift Control which learns a driving style and adjust shift patterns accordingly.
Generous standard equipment levels can be found on 370Zs and includes an engine Start button with Nissan’s Intelligent Key, 18-inch cast alloy wheels, sports brakes and a viscous limited slip differential. Seats are electrically adjustable and audio/phone controls are mounted on the steering wheel while Bluetooth connectivity is a standard.
The GT Pack versions add heated and ventilated leather/suede seats, a premium BOSE sound system, cruise control and 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The GT Pack also incorporates Synchro Rev Control technology on the manual version along with Uphill Start Support to ease hill starts.
Among the principal options are Nissan’s advanced hard drive-based Connect Premium satellite navigation and music storage system. The 40GB hard drive can store much wider map coverage of Europe at the same time as offering 10GB storage for music files downloaded from personal CD collections. The system incorporates a high-resolution dashboard screen, DVD functionality and iPod USB connectivity and now includes a reversing camera. Also optionally available is Nissan’s pioneering Scratch Shield paint, which ‘heals’ minor scratches to keep the bodywork looking like new.
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