The Return Of Z - 2011 Nissan 370Z GT

The Return Of Z – 2011 Nissan 370Z GT

While everyone focused their attention at Nissan’s stand in Geneva hoping to catch a sight of the new Esflow concept, the 370Z GT Edition sitting idly almost passed by unnoticed. It’s a little disappointing, but it’s a good thing it didn’t escape altogether because it is a very cool car indeed. The model was created as a special celebration of Nissan’s huge success in GT racing all over the world and as part of the celebration the special edition gets subtle suspension revisions, special racing strips, new wheels, and three special body color choices.

The V6 engine remains unchanged. “The 370Z is an iconic sports car and the GT Edition underlines its appeal to enthusiasts everywhere,” said Pierre Loing, Vice President Product Planning, Nissan International SA. “The combination of outstanding performance and the dramatic looks of this very special 370Z more than lives up to the heritage of its illustrious forebear while its strong links to the race track shows its true pedigree.”

Exterior & Interior:
On the outside, Nissan 370Z GT Edition sporty look is further supplemented by gray “GT” stripes running along the flanks of the car and standard 19″ RAYS forged alloy wheels, which are finished in a dramatic anthracite color. Customers can choose between three exterior colors: metallic black, pearl white, and Black Rose (exclusive to the GT Edition).

Some stripes and wheels are fine, the most prominent changes were made with some significant suspension and equipment improvements, including a retuning of the dampers to provide the ideal balance between ride comfort and high-speed handling. The list of standard equipment will include: a rear view parking camera as part of the Nissan Premium Connect satellite navigation option and the standard fitment of a tire pressure monitoring system.

The Engine:
Under the hood of this wild animal you’ll find the same 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) rated at 332 HP at 7,000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The engine can be combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission that offers a special snow mode which, when applied, sets the car off in second gear and controls engine revs to prevent wheel spin on ice or snow. Refinement is enhanced by revisions to underbody insulation to reduce road noise.

Price Tag:
The new Nissan GT Edition will be produced in limited numbers. Prices will be announced at a later date, but, for comparison’s sake, the standard 370Z is priced at $30,610 for the base version so we’re looking at a few grand more for the special GT Edition.

Rivals:
With the new GT edition, Nissan will once again provide some competition for models such as the Porsche Cayman and the Audi TT.
The Cayman, a model that was declared “enemy number one” for the 370Z by the company itself, is powered by a 2.9-liter flat-six boxer engine that delivers 265 hp (an increase of 20 hp). The Cayman S gets a 3.4-liter power unit that delivers 320 hp (25 hp more). The Audi TT gets a a 2.0 TFSI engine that delivers 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed S tronic transmission.

It’s easy to see that the Nissan 370Z GT is more powerful than the other two models, but the votes for the Nissan don’t end there. There are also a few other aspects where the Nissan model is better than competitors. For one, it’s cheaper – the TT is priced from $38,300 and the Cayman from $51,400 – plus some may even go as far as saying that it is better looking than both of the other models. The GT also boasts of a faster 0-60mph sprint than the Audi as the 370Z gets 5.3 seconds, compared to Audi’s 5.7 seconds.

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