2009 The Next Generation Nissan Z-series
The new Nissan Z is scheduled to be released in early 2009. There has been a lot of speculation as to the new model over the last few years and we've heard everything from a V8 to a twin-turbo version of the current VQ35HR V6. Both guesses were wrong and the direction for the new Z can be seen via the current Infiniti G37 lineup.
|Instead of two additional cylinders or twin turbos for more power the next generation of Nissan Z will be powered by the VQ37VHR powerplant which is currently in use via the 2008+ Infiniti G37 coupe and the expected G37-series sedan. While specifications for the Z-series has not been fully released we expect them to have similar horsepower and specifications as the current G. In comparison to the current VQ35HR used in the 350Z, the VQ37 has been stroked to 3696cc with an increased compression ratio of 11.0:1, a 95.5 mm bore and 86 mm stroke, while redline is increased to 7500 RPM. It is rated at 338hp at 7,000 RPM and around 278 ft·lb of torque at 5,200 RPM. While only upping the ponies to 338hp (hints are that the Z may actually have up to 350hp but those seem to be false) may seem tame, the torque curve itself is improved and flattened for better response. It also utilizes Nissan's VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology. Realize, these are simply the G37 specifications for the VQ37.|
From a transmission perspective, expect the Z to be unchanged in offering a 6mt manual package while the automatic version will receive a 7sp transmission with sport mode and paddle shifter option, again, similar to the current G37 coupe. AWD option? It's an uncertainty. Further, the weight of the 370z has been reduced to slightly over 3100lbs which increases the power to weight ratio and should equal some very good acceleration times.
November and should be for
sale at your local dealerships by spring of 2009. Following the Las Angeles Auto Show, the new
370z will be driven cross-country. Nissan, in conjunction with Hot Import Nights and NICOclub.com
will be presenting the new Z to the US roadways during the
370Z North American Rally across America! Be sure to not miss the Z when it passes your area.
Article by: Matthew Moody