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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.
Mustang v 370Z SMACKDOWN: Ford Mustang GT vs. Nissan 370Z
FULL Mustang V 370Z COMPARO
When we last left the 2009 Nissan 370Z, it had just laid a drubbing on
BMW's little 135i. We then proclaimed, "The 2009 Nissan 370Z raises the
standard for the sport coupe segment to a new level of affordable
Time to get more serious. It's V8 time. Who's in? Let's see, no Camaro, and a Challenger is not
available (don't ask), so that leaves the freshly updated 2010 Ford Mustang GT, a car whose very
existence is predicated upon wallet-friendly performance.
Perhaps a reinvigorated veteran can take down the newly crowned king. The
particulars might differ — four seats versus two, V8 versus V6 — but
the mission is the same. And the 2009 Nissan 370Z and 2010 Ford Mustang GT are priced closer than you
Badass 370Z: 2009 Nissan Nismo 370Z @ Willow Springs
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It's called "The Fastest Road in the West" for a reason. Willow Springs
International Raceway is known for its staggeringly high lap speeds, and it
defines itself with one of the gnarliest, high-speed corner combinations
anywhere in the world: a long decreasing-radius bend from Turn 8 to Turn 9.
And so in an effort to preserve the world's population of auto scribes like
us, Nissan has created a makeshift chicane to successfully emasculate these
corners during our test of the 2009 Nissan Nismo 370Z. Smart move.
Fortunately there are ample opportunities elsewhere on this track to
explore the car's increased performance over the standard 2009 Nissan 370Z.
Namely Turn 6, which apexes at a blind crest and is followed on the
downhill side by a huge midcorner bump that makes the standard Z-car wallow
like a Buick LeSabre over a Wyoming frost heave. It's here that the Nismo Z
In the Sport Z-car we're afraid. Afraid of physics. Afraid that the track
will toss us — like a Buick — into the unforgiving desert. But after a
few laps in the Nismo Z, we're confident. And we're faster. We keep our right foot planted all
the way over the Turn 6 crest and across the bump, gaining enough speed
that a few hundred yards down the track we ingloriously annihilate most of
the orange cones that Nissan deployed to keep us alive. Nice.
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.
Fast & Furious 4: BMW M5
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Every Fast & Furious film has to have at least one over-the-top street race
with multiple cars careening along wildly, putting the lives of the drivers
(and anyone else who happens to be on the street at the time) in mortal
danger. And when it comes to mortal danger, what better car to face it in
than a BMW M5?
Fortunately for Fast & Furious, the 400-horsepower, V8-powered E39
generation (1998-2003) M5 is still a 5 Series sedan and acquiring and
redecorating much cheaper 528i and 540i models was easy. So the production
bought three old 540i sedans and four 528i models and redecorated them with
orange and black paint and 19-inch wheels. Of these seven BMWs, six were
destroyed. That includes three dropped off a bridge onto a road down below.
The M5 was another car that just seemed to emerge naturally during the
casting process — there wasn't anyone who didn't want the big, powerful
BMW in the show. And some design inspiration obviously came from German
tuning house Lumma Design's CLR 500 R-S version of the current E60 M5 that
was shown during 2007.
Of all the cars in the film, this one may be the least believable because
of all its body roll during the action scenes. It looks like an M5 with the
swaybars disconnected. Or a 528i with M5 front fenders.
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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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.
2009 Nissan 370Z - First Test!
Senior Editor, Ron Kiino, gives us an overview of Nissan's revamped Z, the
370Z, and heads to the test track to get performance numbers.
Roadfly.com - 2009 Nissan 370Z
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Mercedes C63 vs BMW M3 vs Audi RS5!
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