Our Fairlady “Z” – The Z34 Years (2009-2013?)

Having now explored more than thirty-nine years of “Z” car history, innovation, success and development we’ve finally arrived at the current generation 370Z. A beautifully refined modern GT sports car that truly is the culmination of four decades of industry success and track-proven refinement. A car that while outwardly similar to it’s immediate predecessor has in fact contrary to popular belief been redesigned nearly completely from the ground up.

Breaking with tradition the  all new Nissan 370Z was announced on October 29, 2008 at an event in Los Angeles held just ahead of the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Starting in the engine bay, the all new Nissan 370Z is powered by the VQ37VHR 3.7 L (230 cu in) DOHC V6 with Variable Valve and Lift Control, an engine which readily produces 332 hp. 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; SynchroRev Match. The SynchroRev Match system is only available with the sports package. The differential offered with the Sport Package is of course a viscous limited slip differential.  The all new driveshaft is made from a carbon-fiber composite material.


Compared to the 350Z, the 370Z has a wheelbase 4 inches  shorter at 100.4 inches and an overall length 2.7 inches shorter at 167.1 inches. The overall width has been increased by 1.3 inches, the rear track by 2.2 inches and overall height reduced by 0.3 inches. The smaller exterior dimensions and use of more lightweight materials help reduce weight. (Although it should be noted that a 2003-2005 base model 350Z is actually lighter than the 370Z, since Federally-mandated safety features add weight to models produced after 2008).

The 370Z features a front aluminum subframe, 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. Rear body torsion rigidity is improved by up to 22 percent and rear body vertical bending rigidity is improved by up to 30 percent. Additional enhancements include the use of a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthening of the rear fender and hatch areas. The new structure weighs slightly less than the 350Z.

The 370Z uses a front double wishbone suspension, with forged aluminum control arms and steering knuckle, the rear multi-link suspension uses a forged aluminum upper control arm, lower arm and radius rod, the toe control rod is steel and wheel carrier assembly is aluminum. The refreshed 2013 model uses new dampers with the Sport package models. The brakes have been changed from the more expensive Brembo racing brakes to Nissan branded brakes which are manufactured by Akebono.

The coupe version was introduced in 2009. This was the base-model offered in both manual and automatic transmission both using unleaded petrol. The engine is a 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 aluminum-alloy engine producing 332 hp(@ 7,000 rpm) and 270 lb-ft (@ 5,200 rpm) of torque. Standard and optional equipment includes 19-inch wheels, Bluetooth, electric seats, limited slip differential, Bose sound system and subwoofer, heated seats, and climate control. A slight re-design for 2013 includes updated wheels and front bumper with white led marker lights similar to the Nissan GTR.

Compared to the 350Z, the 370Z has a wheelbase 4 inches  shorter at 100.4 inches and an overall length 2.7 inches shorter at 167.1 inches. The overall width has been increased by 1.3 inches, the rear track by 2.2 inches and overall height reduced by 0.3 inches. The smaller exterior dimensions and use of more lightweight materials help reduce weight.-

The NISMO version was introduced for the 2009 year model. The engine produces 350 hp at 7,400 RPM and 276 lb·ft  at 5,200 RPM with revised ECU settings and exhaust setup. Transmission choice is limited to a 6-speed manual with Nissan’s new “SynchroRev Match” function. Handling is improved via stiffened springs and stabilizer bars compared to the 370Z Coupe. Other equipment includes 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.

The 370Z is the sixth-generation of the Nissan Z-car line, succeeding the 350Z. The NISMO 370Z represents the 2nd generation of the NISMO track oriented performance model.

The convertible model was introduced for the 2010 year model. It features a soft-top roof, although automotive magazines originally said it would have a retractable hardtop.[6]

The touring model adds heated and cooling leather-appointed power net seats, a 6-CD Bose audio system with 8 speakers (with dual subwoofer) and MP3/WMA playback, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, HomeLink Universal Transceiver, and aluminum-trimmed pedals.

Touring model also includes following options:

  • Sport Package: adds 19-inch RAYS forged wheels with Bridgestone Potenza tires, Nissan Sport Brakes,SynchroRev Match (6-speed manual transmission only), and Viscous Limited Slip Differential.
  • Navigation Package: adds 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 foriPod connectivity.

In 2010 a limited edition version of the 370Z based on the 370Z Coupe Touring model, commemorated the 40th anniversary of theDatsun 240Z arriving in North America. It included a manual transmission, the Sport Package (including SynchroRev Match, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, Nissan Sport Brakes, 19-inch Rays forged aluminum-alloy wheels and viscous limited-slip differential), 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. It also featured a leather steering wheel with red stitching, a plaque of authenticity, and commemorative premium satin car cover.

The 370Z Roadster actually features a soft-top roof, though numerous automotive magazines originally speculated it would actually feature a retractable hardtop.