Sunday, August 29, 2010
The only exterior change to the 2007 350Z may be subtle--a new hood with a slight center bulge--but there are big changes under that hood. Power is increased to 306 horsepower, a modest six-hp bump for manual-transmission Zs and 19 for automatics, but Nissan claims that 80 percent of the Z's prolific 3.5-liter VQ engine has been changed. This is the same update--and the same engine--that powers the Infiniti G35 sedan. The changes were extensive enough that Nissan renamed its celebrated V-6 "VQ35HR" (just rolls off the tongue, eh?). HR stands for "high-revving," reflecting the higher redline for the manual-transmission model, which increases from 7000 rpm to 7500. (The less-fortunate driver of an automatic 350Z can only rev to 6600 rpm, as with the previous engine.).
The seductively styled Roadster offers everything the hardtop Coupe does - and more. As in more classic open-air sports car driving excitement. More sun, moon and stars. And more refinement than any Z convertible that has ever come before - including a standard automatic latching power top and Nissan Intelligent. Also offered are an array of technology and convenience features, including the first-ever Z Roadster-available heating and cooling ventilated net seats, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, satellite radio and advanced Nissan Navigation System. The 2010 370Z Roadster is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan retailers nationwide in late summer.