By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2009 Nissan 370z

Day 1:

2009 Nissan 370z
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It’s lighter, wider, lower and faster than its predecessor and with zero front lift, and zero rear lift (when equipped with rear and front spoilers) the 332hp, new for 2009, Nissan 370Z is one exciting automobile! I have always enjoyed the 350Z and Nissan has upped the ante quite a bit with the new Z — more so, even, than many expected.

Boldly making the car smaller and lighter than the 350Z, Nissan is bucking the trend of making a new model bigger and heavier like nearly all redesigned models tend to be. And on top of giving us a lighter and more powerful vehicle, Nissan dropped the entry price to $39,998 — what else can we ask for?

2009 Nissan 370z
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How about the world’s first SynchroRev Match manual transmission, part of the $4,000 sport pack in my tester that also adds 4-piston brake calipers up front, 19-inch Rays forged super lightweight wheels, high-performance summer tires and front and rear spoilers for zero lift.

Standard features include: leather seating, suede inserts in the doors and seats, heated seats, cruise control, climate control, bi-xenon headlights, aluminum hood and doors, Bluetooth hands free connectivity, Bose audio system and many safety systems like traction control, stability control and a slew of airbags.

Of course, one cannot forget the wonderful Nissan VQ-series engine at the heart of the Z. It’s now a 3.7-litre motor, sending 332hp and 270lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission as standard — it sure sounds like a whole lot of fun!

2009 Nissan 370z
MSRP as tested (including destination): $45,498

For more information on Nissan and the 370z visit Nissan Canada

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