View Full Version : 370Z reviewed... with positive results?

01-29-2009, 08:46 PM

There are clear visual ties between the 370Z and its successful 350Z predecessor (which continues on this year as a convertible only), but from the ground up, every aspect of the Z has been revisited, redesigned or re-engineered to create a more finely polished performance machine. The wheelbase has shrunk and the rear track widened, while 95 pounds have been trimmed from its waistline. Not only does this pay dynamic dividends, but the car now looks trimmer, too. Torsional and bending rigidity have been increased, yet the old structural crossmember that used to eat up valuable cargo space has been relocated out of the way. All of this plus revised suspension tuning results in a car that feels more premium and grown up.

It looks like the 370Z is a good step up from its predecessor... you guys got your eyes on this one?

01-29-2009, 08:54 PM
I think its an awesome car!

01-29-2009, 08:59 PM
I think it's a winner. I'm waiting for Jeremy Clarkson to review this one. He made some astute observations about the 350Z being overweight and bland. Typically "American." Sounds like they took note on this one by adding power, shedding weight, improving handling and sharpening the interior all at once. Smart moves.

01-29-2009, 09:14 PM
Looks great can't wait for test results from Clarkson lol

01-29-2009, 09:45 PM
Just so you know, it isn't any lighter than the 03 350z model... which was the lightest out of the bunch.

01-29-2009, 10:04 PM
I personally like the looks of the G35 and 37's. Both 3 and G cars are badass though. That exhaust note sends a chill down my spine.

01-29-2009, 10:17 PM
If you like the G, you might like the new Hyundai.

Comparison shots of the two.


I am not a huge fan of the looks of the 370. I have seen some chops that looked good though.


I am more interested in the even lighter front suspension components and if they can be retro fitted. It already easy to get the 350 down to 3000 w/o having to change to CF bits. So that would be a nice addition.

01-29-2009, 10:34 PM
It's overall better than the 350Z, but most people aren't used to it's changes yet.

01-29-2009, 10:35 PM
The board's Z expert hath spoken :)

You're going to try to swap over 370 bits onto a 350? That I must see!

01-29-2009, 10:46 PM
Down the road, if I can find a wrecked one I am wanting to look into the crossmember, arms and spindles. They are all made of lighter material. I am less interested in the harshness of coilovers and race suspension and more interested in good handling that can work well over all road environments.

01-29-2009, 11:56 PM
They did trim weight from the body, but that was offset by a weight increase in the chassis (needed to meet more stringent crash standards). So it's pretty much on par with the outgoing Z, the base 370 is a little lighter than the base 350, the top is a little heavier.

But all around it's apparently a much sharper car that feels like it has shed weight despite a much improved interior. The old one was already an excellent car, the new one is excellent refined.

...but I'm biased

01-30-2009, 04:49 AM
I love the 350z, but I think that 370z is hideous. It might look good to me with the right body kit I suppose...I unno I just think they could have done better.

01-30-2009, 04:00 PM
I like it. If I was in the market for a brand new ~$30k sports, it would be the 370Z or the S2000.

01-30-2009, 04:43 PM
S2000 is discontinued after this year. Also The hundai genesis is pretty sweet too.

01-30-2009, 05:05 PM
Its a shame about the s2000. Last I read, Honda is scrapping all rwd models and concepts due to the economy and focusing on what sells.

Other vehicles getting the axe.

Cadillac Escalade
Cadilac XLR
Chevy Tahoe
Nissan Armada
Nissan Quest
Infiniti QX56
Durango hybrid

01-30-2009, 05:30 PM
I like the look of the original 350Z.

Does the 370Z remind anyone else of this?


01-30-2009, 05:49 PM
The 370Z looks like a modernized old-school Z car to me... especially that back quarter and line from the roof.

01-30-2009, 06:05 PM
I think the 370Z looks just like the 350Z except for those fucked up headlamps.

01-30-2009, 06:25 PM
the headlights and the front bumper/lip thing is hideous

01-30-2009, 07:05 PM
I think the 370Z looks just like the 350Z except for those fucked up headlamps.

I dunno, back end looks different to me in profile.

01-30-2009, 07:18 PM
I like the new headlamps, and the new styling is kinda weird from a few angles...but you get used to it.

01-30-2009, 08:08 PM
The cars look very different next to each other. The head lights are what most people hate about the car. I think side by side, the 370 makes the 350 looks dated, stock for stock. The 350 needs a decent front lip, and wheel offset to keep up with the looks of the 370. By itself, at least in pics, the 370 only looks decent in certain angles. I think the 350 has one of the best backs and roof lines of a modern car, the 370 has the funky roofline of the gtr. It does have much lighter front suspension components to the gtr though. The car's interior is its best improvement. It looks very good, however interior has never sold me on a car as I like very simple/ functional interiors.






To me, I still prefer a well done 350z. Too bad there are more poorly done, tacky 350z than nice ones.




01-30-2009, 08:34 PM
I still think it looks like a facelift to the 350Z, even if it does have a new chassis.

01-31-2009, 12:50 AM
I think the 370 looks better in the real-life not-done-up shots that cms just posted... all the factory photos I've seen emphasize the "fangs" on the grill and makes them look much larger than what they actually are.

01-31-2009, 01:14 AM
Everyone I spoke to says it looks great in person and photos do not do it justice.

01-31-2009, 02:12 AM
Both the 370 and probably the Hyundai Genesis Coupe are at the St. Louis Auto show, which is going on right now... I'm wondering if I should go down and snap a few... get a better look.

02-01-2009, 04:42 AM
The s-tune body kit is made of fail.


On a related note, the Limited Nismo 350z is ugly as balls too but it is a functional design.


02-01-2009, 04:07 PM
I like the S-tune kit, except for the rear bumper, those bits that stick out are a bit too much. But other than that...

02-03-2009, 07:26 PM
I think the new 370 has more hints of the 70s Z cars, which I like. The headlamps will need to grow on me, but overall I think it is a nice rendition of the Z family.


02-04-2009, 02:59 AM
Early on in Japanese sports car history, many cars were styled after British sports cars and American Muscle cars.

On the British end, you have a lot of styling cues taken from the E-Type Jag and the Triumph TR4 and GT6, translated into the Toyota 2000GT, Nissan S30 240Z and Mazda Cosmo.

On the American end, you had cues taken from cars like the Camaro and translated into the Toyota Celica, Nissan Skyline KPGC10, and the Mazda RX-2.

As we know, over time, Japan grew into its own sort of car. But I still question every time a Japanese sports car comes out "Where does this relate to its roots in America or the UK," even though I know the answer is "not at all, anymore."

Does the 370 live up to it's namesake? Perhaps, but one has to wonder where design parted from its original lines, and if that's a good thing for a halo car.

02-05-2009, 02:59 PM
I think I like the 370z in robot mode.


02-07-2009, 01:39 AM
The 370 does look much better in person that in photos. I show one at the autoshow a couple of weeks ago and I really liked it. To me it is an evolutionary change from the 350. If you look at it really quick you don't really see the differences. The interior of the 370 is really nice and look upgraded a bit from the 350.

I am really waiting to see Genesis coupe. With the turbo 4 offering and the low pricing that they are pitching, this thing should really sell. In the pictures it is a beautiful car. I am really looking forward to seeing it in the flesh.