The mental process is one of looking forward, almost straining to see your next marker as you go around the course. This line development goes on lap after lap, always looking for better references and establishing what works best with this car on this day. The work-the challenge of persuing perfection-is the fun part. ~Carl Lopez
The Motor Magazine - 05.03.2010 | drive it
Many people consider the Porsche 911 the benchmark against which all other
sports cars are measured. But its rivals are no longer limited to cars from
Italy. The Japanese have also shown they can build good sports cars. The
latest example comes from Nissan, the 370Z. Drive it compares the newcomer
with Porsche's latest 911 Carrera.
present it: The next generation Audi A8Audi has unveiled the third
generation of its A8 flagship luxury sedan. The all-aluminum car is bigger
than ever before, but also lighter and has all-wheel drive as standard
equipment with all available engines. The interior has been made even more
luxurious to suggest hand-made quality. Drive it tested the new A8 with a
250-hp 3.0 TDI.
examine it: Halogen vs. Xenon Seeing and being seen are indispensible parts
of automotive safety. Xenon headlight systems are becoming available as
optional equipment on a growing number of cars. But Xenon lights are also
significantly more expensive than conventional halogen lights. Drive it
wanted to know whether the extra investment is worth it. A side-by-side
test of various models with both kinds of lights.
compare it: Porsche 911 Carrera S and Nissan 370 Z Drive it looks at two
sports cars coveted by performance enthusiasts around the world. Both are
rear-wheel driven and have almost the same engine displacement - 3.7 liters
with the Nissan compared to 3.8 liters in the Porsche.But the Porsche, with
its timeless sleek lines, produces a whopping 385 hp. The more futuristic
Nissan gets by with just 328 hp. And which is the better sports car? drive
it finds out.
Test it! Mini One D Small and agile, fast and sporty is what Minis are
built to be. Until now, no-one paid much attention to their fuel
consumption, but a new model of the retro compact is now available with a
thrifty diesel engine.The Mini One D is powered by a 1.4 liter
Common-Rail-turbo diesel borrowed from
the Toyota Yaris. With its 90-hp engine, the little car does zero to 100
km/h in 11.5 seconds. Top speed is 182 km/h. Prices for the Mini One D
start 18,100 Euros in Germany.
S2000 MEGA BATTLE - Hot Version International
Go to http://gtchannel.com for more car videos and content. 1st Gen vs 2nd
Gen Stock S2K Battle + Tuner S2K Battle featuring Super Taikyu spec Spoon
S2000 coupe, J's Racing S2000, and C-KEN S2000. Drivers : Keiichi Tsuchiya,
Manabu Orido, Juichi Wakisaka
370Z - COBB Tuning Plano - 283 WHP / 242WTQ, Stage 2
283 WHP / 242 WTQ, 2009 Nissan 370Z Stage 2 with full Exhaust.
ProTuned using the COBB AccessPort and tuned at COBB Tuning's facilities in
Plano, TX with 93 Octane gasoline.
Click below to see this Dyno graph on our Dyno Database Online!
Nissan 370Z Vs Honda S200 Seattle
Thinking of purchasing a sport car, and looking at the Honda S2000? Here
are just some reasons why the Nissan 370Z is hands down a better choice.
Lets start with a little bit of history and heritage. Forty years ago, in
October 1969, the Datsun 240Z arrived in North America, heralding a new era
in sports car design. The new import from Japan was a revelation offering
the performance of a Porsche, the looks of a Jaguar and the price and
reliability of, well, a Nissan. It was an affordable sports car that could
be driven every day and was accessible to anyone with the $3,626 base
price. All though the price of a new Z might have changed a little in the
past 40 years, its unmatched value, style, performance and segment
leadership remains stronger than ever.
The instrument panel retains the traditional 3-pod cluster with oil
temperature, voltmeter and clock, while the speedometer and tachometer
include an initial sweep function, coming alive when the Z is first
Many aspects of a sports cars performance come down to the simple
formulation of power-to-weight. The 370Z represents a major achievement on
both sides of the equation versus the previous generation 350Z with a net
weight reduction of 95 pounds (Nissan 370Z versus the comparable 350Z
Enthusiast model) and a power increase of 26 horsepower. In addition, the
center of gravity was lowered through use of a lower engine positioning
(-0.6 inches) and lower driver hip point (-0.4 inches). Rotating mass was
reduced with a shorter carbon-fiber composite driveshaft.
All 2010 370Z Coupes utilize the fourth generation of Nissans award-winning
VQ-series V6. The 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event
and Lift) is rated at 332 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and
270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. Much more powerful than the Honda S2000
Key to the enhanced performance is the VVEL system, which is able to
optimize intake valve open/close movements, allowing the needed air to be
sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precisely optimized time.
Since the VVEL system can adjust to open the valves slightly, it improves
fuel efficiency by reducing camshaft friction and fuel waste. It also
provides cleaner emissions by allowing for quicker warm-up of the catalyst
and by stabilizing combustion when the engine is cool.
Both the driver and passengers seats are structured with an anti-slip
material in the main seating surface. The sporty woven cloth seats feature
standard 8-way drivers/4-way passenger manual adjustments, with heated
4-way power-adjustable leather-appointed seats standard with the 370Z
Touring model. Adjustable front seat Active Head Restraints are also
If this information isnt enough to convince you that the Nissan 370Z is
hands down a better car than the Honda S2000, than we would like to invite
you in to take a few laps in the 370Z and see for yourself. Call the
Customer Care Department to schedule your test drive today. If you want to
pay more thats your business, if you want to pay less thats our business!
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Bremerton, WA 98312