posted on December 24, 2008 08:00
Obviously if you are here, you are either a Z-car fan or at least thinking of becoming one. You are probably at least interested in Nissans latest entry into the affordable sports car market, the 370Z. The Nissan 370Z is the latest iteration of the Z car, the seventh generation in fact, of a long line of models starting with the 240Z back in 1970. Most of these Z's were inspired classics with a proud heritage of excellence in motorsports and sporting value for the dollar. Some iterations of the Z were also gifted with world class, industry-changing performance as well.
The new 370Z or chassis code Z34 looks to us like it will be another industry leader. From our Southern California office, which is literally just across the 110 freeway from Nissans old Gardena Headquarters, we have been watching the development of the 370Z for the past three years and some months. We had spotted what looked like undisguised 350Z's driving around at night with manufactures plates. What caught our eye was that something didn't look quite right with these seemingly innocuous 350's, a closer look revealed that these 350Zs were smaller, like a 7/8s scale 350's or about the size of an S15 Silvia. They also sported bulged hoods and slightly flared fenders. We weren't sure what Nissan was up to but we eagerly waited for whatever new vehicle was to come from these mules.