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What comes after Z?, we wondered when Nissan let the stage go black in 1996 and officially bid farewell to the Z-car at an event at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Sales of the twin-turbo 300ZX had been declining as fast as applications for library cards, so Nissan simply stopped selling the car in the U.S. It made us wonder where the Z fit in Nissan's future.
The answer came in 2002, when the Nissan 350Z appeared, a serious sports car that seemed to measure itself against the Corvette in both speed and style. It brought people back to Nissan, but lots of the young enthusiasts didn't know what an icon the Z had been for the company since its inception in 1970.
With the 2009 Nissan 370Z, all that changes. As a Z should be, the 370Z is a statement of purpose, not just another car on the showroom floor. With this second-generation version of the revitalized Z, the car has moved on from affordable performance to something that brings new descriptions into play — not only like quick, fast, strong and powerful, but also gorgeous, luxurious, nimble, graceful, delicate and smooth.
This is a car so good that it makes you wonder what kind of car it is: a sports car, a sport coupe or a muscle-bound pony car? And that's where the 2008 BMW 135i comes in, a pocket-size BMW M3 with an affordable price tag to match.
Honda Civic Hybrid vs. Honda Fit Sport Comparo
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They're not fast, they don't corner hard and they're certainly not the most
pulse-quickening cars we've ever tested at Inside Line. But if
fuel-efficiency and utility are priority items in your next car purchase,
then the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and 2009 Honda Fit Sport are unbelievable
Combining economic operation and utility like few other cars sold today,
either of these Hondas is a responsible choice for the buyer looking to
save fuel, minimize emissions and haul the family. Each has its own unique
qualities — important distinctions that can't be overlooked.
The question, then, is which is the better car? To figure it out, for two
weeks we used the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid and the 2009 Honda Fit as they're
designed to be used. We drove them to work, loaded our families in them,
packed our groceries in them and took them to the track to measure their
performance. We argued the merits of the Civic's superb fuel economy vs.
the Fit's exceptional utility.
In doing so, we designed this test to suit the priorities of a buyer
looking for reasonably priced utilitarian transportation. Accordingly, fuel
economy and price make up the majority of each car's total score at 25
percent each. Performance, feature content and our 29-point evaluation
score make up 15 percent each, while editors' personal and recommended
picks combine for the remaining 5 percent.
2010 Ford Mustang Burnouts & More - Exclusive First Drive
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You barely even notice the styling changes to the 2010 Ford Mustang GT until you see it side by
side with last year's car. It's only then that the revised Mustang's shorter grille, smoother
fenders and tucked in rear end become obvious.
Look inside and the cabin is the same story. The overall design is
familiar, but the details have changed. The materials are richer, the panel
fits are tighter and the switchgear feels sturdier.
See it all firsthand and you might be convinced that this is an all-new Mustang, not a mere midcycle
face-lift. Well, that is, until you actually drive it.
2009 Nissan 370Z Sneak Peek by Inside Line
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Hey Insiders, we just had the 2009 Nissan 370Z Party and it was a blast.
Inside Line just revealed the new Z to the public a full week before its
official debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Surely you were there, be just in case you missed it, the full story with
loads of photos will be on this page sometime Monday. But until then, here
are some videos of the event.
We've got VIP interviews, vehicle walk-arounds and crowd reactions.
It will be as if you were there, except without the free taco.
Camaro Fights Mustang and Challenger - Muscle Car Comparison
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In 2002, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second human being to set foot on the
moon, punched a guy in the face for accusing him of faking the moon
landing. Buzz was 72 years old at the time.
Go right ahead and question the existence of the 2010 Ford Mustang GT, 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T
and 2010 Chevy Camaro
SS and they, too, might just give you a knuckle sandwich in the kisser.
Like Mr. Aldrin, they bear names from long ago that have made a collective
return to the limelight. Like Mr. Aldrin, they are American heroes with
unparalleled legacies reaching across decades. And like Mr. Aldrin, they
have Ph.Ds in kicking ass.
Their makers may have proven that they have the financial acumen of a blind
yak. However, we submit these pony car icons as proof that the home team
can extract their craniums from their nether regions once in awhile and
knock the cover off the ball.
BMW & Benz Rev Up @ the Track - BMW 750Li and Mercedes S550
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These are the big guns from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Well, not the biggest
guns, but with prices near or above the $100,000 range, they're big enough.
The BMW 750Li is all-new for 2009 and looking better than ever. Its 400-horsepower twin-turbo V8 makes it the closest thing to a
"Motorsport" 7 Series we have ever seen. The Mercedes-Benz S550 is getting
a face-lift next year, but the current model has held up well. And with a
of its own, it doesn't give up much to the new BMW.
One look at the track numbers and you'll be amazed what these 2.25-ton
sedans can do. From 13-second quarter-mile sprints to 110-foot stops from
60 mph, these two sedans are perfect examples of what can be accomplished
when money is no object. Full details after the jump.
The STILLEN 500 HP Supercharged Nissan 370Z - /TUNED
TUNED Visits racing legend Steve Millen's STILLEN in Costa Mesa, CA to see
what happens when he gets his hands on the Nissan 370Z. Already a potent
machine, what happens when STILLEN upgrades pretty much everything?
Fortunately, it doesn't suck.
BMW 1 Series M Coupe vs BMW M3
To the M badge faithful, the BMW 1 Series M Coupe signals a return to form.
But is it? Benchmarking the 1M against an M3 would seem the perfect way to
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2010 Nissan 370 Z roadster first drive review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) forty years ago Datsun introduced the very first
Z car. Today there is a new one so does 2010 Nissan 370 Z roadster tears up
the Z playbook or does it build on a long tradition of Z sports cars?
Fifth Gear - Nissan 370Z
Tiff drives the brand new Nissan 370Z around what used to be one of the
fastest race circuits in Europe Reims, in France. Tiff loved the old 350Z,
but with Nissan claiming everythings changed on the new car, he hopes they
havent spoilt the fun.