Nissan first released it’s Z car back in 1969. The latest model, the 350 series was conceived in 2003 and last updated in 2007. So what is Nissan doing to keep the 2009 Nissan Z, a long lived and extremely popular entry level sports car, relevant in the modern motoring world?
2009 sees a few small, and not so small, changes for the Z. Available in both coupe and roadster configurations, Nissan has focused primarily on bringing the looks up to scratch by deploying substantially tweaked bodywork. The new design is thinner, curvier, and generally more contemporary than its 2007 version, which was starting to look a bit classical.
Under the bonnet is a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated at 306 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission optional. Astonishingly, the new engine is reportedly 80% new ñ meaning that Nissan redesigned almost every part for better performance and fuel economy. This results in 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the Z is as well turned out as ever; this is no track car, and Nissan haven’t scrimped on the luxury fixtures and fittings which admittedly increase weight, but result in a very pleasant drive. The 2009 Nissan Z is a well conceived and worthwhile update to an extremely popular and successful series.