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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.
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.
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.
Can Jag Beat BMW? Jaguar XF vs BMW 550i @ the Track
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Last May, the newly introduced Jaguar XF surprised us. It went head to
head with the best midsize luxury sedans from Germany and came out on top.
It was fast, comfortable and surprisingly competent through turns, but of
course, that was the top-of-the-line supercharged model.
For 2010, the Jaguar XF gets a pair of all-new 5.0-liter V8s: one normally
aspirated in the XF Premium, the other supercharged in the new XFR. We'll
test an XFR soon, but today Inside Line is the first to take the new
non-supercharged 5.0-liter-powered 2010 Jaguar XF Premium to the test
track. Rated at 385 horsepower and 380
pound-feet of torque it's not quite as powerful as the former 4.2-liter
supercharged V8, but it's close.
To see just how close, we brought back a 2009 BMW 550i to see how the new
Jag stacks up when it's not getting help from a Supercharger. Given that the BMW is giving up 25
hp and 20 lb-ft of torque, we expected a close contest - and got one.
Audi Smokes BMW? 2010 Audi S4 vs. 2009 BMW 335i
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2008 BMW M3 @ the Track Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu7uy6m4rw0
Given all the praise heaped on the BMW 3 Series over the years, we can't
blame you for thinking there's more to the story. We've heard all the
conspiracy theories, most of them involving checks in large denominations
This might seem believable to a certain segment of the population, but
there's a far less interesting truth behind all those wins: The BMW was the
best car. Sure, certain rivals often upped their game in one area or
another, but the 3 Series always put it all together in a way that made it
So now the 2010 Audi S4 is here to take another shot. It's all-new this
year and the old V8 is gone. There's now a supercharged V6 in its place,
along with a lower price designed to better align the S4 with the BMW 335i.
The BMW 3 Series received a face-lift of its own last year. It was mostly
minor trim changes and the like, but we're told that iDrive thing was
tweaked again, too (oh, lovely).
Sounds like a fair fight, no?
Nissan 370Z vs. BMW 135i, Mazda RX-8 R3, and Pontiac Solstice GXP - CAR and DRIVER
Name your game for $37,000 (or less).
Nissan 370Z vs. BMW 135i, Mazda RX-8 R3, and Pontiac Solstice GXP -
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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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Senior Editor, Ron Kiino, gives us an overview of Nissan's revamped Z, the
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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?