Details on Nissan 370Z, GTR
While many manufacturers continue to dial back on their product development activities, Nissan continues strong into the 2010 model year with the introduction of the all-new 370Z Roadster and additional refinement of popular Nissan vehicles such as the Altima, Sentra, Versa, Armada and Rogue. These changes, of course, are in addition to the late 2009 model year introductions of the dramatic Nissan cube®, which went on sale in May, and the June debut of the new NISMO 370Z. Following is a brief overview of the changes, refinements and enhancements to the complete 2010 Nissan lineup. Full information and specifications on each vehicle will be available, as always, closer to each model’s on-sale date. 2010 NISSAN SPORTS CARS Nissan’s potential pair of iconic sports cars continues to grab headlines for the 2010 model year with the early introduction (March 2009) of the revised GT-R and the ongoing expansion of the Nissan Z® stable. After winning near universal acclaim in its rookie year, including being named Motor Trend “2009 Car of the Year,” Automobile magazine’s 2009 “Automobile of the Year” and winning a Kelly Blue Book’s kbb.com “2009 Best Resale Value Award,” the GT-R supercar gains five additional horsepower for 2010, along with standard front seat-mounted and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags. The all-new 370Z Roadster joins the GT-R, the all-new-for-2009 370Z Coupe and newly introduced 2009 NISMO 370Z in late summer – creating a veritable “fantastic four” of affordable, high-performance sports cars. Details on each vehicle follow. 2010 Nissan GT-R After completely changing the paradigm of supercar design and performance in its first year of availability in North America, the affordable, “anyone, anytime, anywhere” Nissan GT-R returns for its sophomore year with an enhanced 2010 model featuring a number of small yet important updates – including five additional horsepower, a revised suspension, revised wheel finishes and standard front seat-mounted and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags. The 2010 Nissan GT-R is available now through nearly 700 official “GT-R certified” Nissan dealers across the United States. The names and locations of local GT-R Certified Nissan dealers are available to consumers on NissanUSA.com. Revisions for 2010 include: * 5 additional horsepower, raising the horsepower rating of the GT-R’s 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 engine to 485 hp (from 480 hp) * New Transmission Control Module (TCM) programming for the high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch transmission – designed to optimize clutch engagement for improved drivability and improve vehicle acceleration with the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) on (activated) * Updated braking system, with more rigid brake lines for improved durability and the brake calipers now carry both the Brembo and Nissan logos * Suspension retuned with redesigned Bilstein? shocks with a new valve body design and revised spring and damper rates * Revised wheel color (slightly darker high-luster smoke finish) for the base GT-R’s 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels * New near-black metallic wheel finish for the GT-R Premium model (the smoke wheel finish comes with the Cold Package) * One new color, Pearl White, is offered and the Super Silver exterior color has been enhanced and now includes a polished front bumper * Revised compound for the Dunlop summer tires * Standard front seat-mounted and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster The all-new 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster joins the 370Z Coupe and new NISMO 370Z in Nissan showrooms nationwide in late summer 2009. The Z® Roadster, like the Z® Coupe, offers an unmatched balance of dynamic performance, sculptured styling, innovative technology and exceptional value. Based on the current generation 370Z Coupe (introduced in January 2009), the Z® Roadster shares its engine, transmissions, suspension, platform and most major components with the popular and exceptionally well-reviewed Z® Coupe. The list of cutting edge technology includes the standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL), choice of 7-speed automatic transmission or close-ratio 6-speed manual with available SynchroRev Match™ (the world’s first synchronized downshift rev matching manual transmission), refined 4-wheel independent suspension, 4-wheel vented disc brakes (with available Nissan Sport Brakes) and lightweight yet rigid body structure. The Z® Roadster departs from the Z® Coupe with its exclusive, available high back net seats, added structural body reinforcements and convertible top. The 370Z Roadster’s standard power automatic latching top was designed with an emphasis on three key areas: to provide a sleek silhouette matching the new Z®’s stunning styling with the top up or down, to offer easy single-action open-close operation, and to provide an enjoyable top-down experience with reduced wind turbulence and all-climate driver/passenger comfort. Other features include standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start and available heating and cooling ventilated net seats, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, satellite radio and advanced Nissan Navigation System. The 2010 370Z Roadster is offered in two models: 370Z Roadster and 370Z Touring Roadster. 2010 Nissan NISMO 370Z The all-new, second generation NISMO Z®, which went on sale in June 2009, offers unique performance and design attributes that true sports car enthusiasts are looking for – straight from the factory. The NISMO 370Z features 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque, racing-inspired exterior and interior styling, a specially tuned suspension and special super-lightweight forged alloy wheels. The NISMO 370Z’s standard 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) combines with a refined 4-wheel independent suspension and advanced FM (Front Midship) platform to offer responsive performance and handling. The NISMO Z®’s exclusive H-configured exhaust system design, muffler tuning and optimized ECM (Engine Computer Module) control help provide responsive upper end power. As expected of a true performance machine, the NISMO 370Z is offered with only one transmission – a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with standard “SynchroRev Match,” the world’s first synchronized downshift rev matching manual transmission (which allows perfectly matched heel-toe-like downshifting). The NISMO 370Z also features a NISMO-branded strut tower brace for enhanced body rigidity and a pair of performance dampers to manage road-input vibrations and help contribute to the NISMO 370Z’s high levels of stability and performance feel. The NISMO-tuned suspension includes special springs and stabilizer bars. Unique 5-spoke 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels are mounted with Yokohama ADVAN Sport Y-rated high-performance tires. Nissan Sport Brakes and a Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD) are also standard on all NISMO 370Zs. Along with its standout performance, the new NISMO Z® stands out from the crowd with its dramatic performance-oriented exterior and interior. The functional and fully integrated aerodynamic body pieces include an extended front nose with a canard design at each corner for improved downforce and a fully integrated chin spoiler. Special side sills and a unique rear bumper help control airflow under the vehicle, while the functional rear spoiler also increases downforce. The interior includes NISMO logo seats with black and red fabric and red stitching, a NISMO tachometer, steering wheel with smooth leather and red parallel stitching, smooth leather-wrapped shift knob and aluminum trimmed pedals. A serialized plaque of authenticity is also matched to each NISMO Z®, identifying its unique serial and model year designation. There are no changes for the 2010 NISMO 370Z from the 2009 model. 2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe Following the total redesign of the iconic Z® for the 2009 model year, changes for 2010 are minimal – an enhanced Nissan Navigation Package with XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and automatic phonebook download (select phones), 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive and a Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. The 2010 370Z Coupe also receives standard heated mirrors and in-cabin microfilter, along with one new exterior color. The 370Z will again be available in two models, 370Z and 370Z Touring, each available with a standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL) and choice of 6-speed manual transmission with an available SynchroRev Match™ synchronized downshift rev matching system or a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Crisp handling is once again provided by a refined 4-wheel independent suspension. Revisions for 2010 include: * Standard heated outside mirrors * Standard in-cabin microfilter * Navigation Package adds Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and automatic phonebook download (select phones) * iPod® connectivity is changed to USB connectivity * Black Cherry exterior color replaces Chicane Yellow (cont) Press release via Nissan
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