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Now in the 40th year of its lineage, Nissan’s new generation Z car has made its Australian debut at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

With a shorter wheelbase and greater use of lightweight materials, the new 370Z promises enhanced performance and handling.

As its name suggests, under the bonnet lies Nissan’s new 3.7-litre VQ37VHR engine that develops a staggering 245kW and 363Nm all the way to the 7500rpm redline.

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Along with a new seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift, the 370Z also debuts the world’s first synchronised down/up shift rev control system for a manual transmission.

The traditional two-seater sports coupe layout has been made more practical by adding a new shelf behind the front seats, made possible by deleting the rear strut brace in favour of less-obtrusive structural reinforcements.

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A certain level of luxury has been injected into its performance bloodline with satellite navigation, Bluetooth and premium interior materials as standard.

The new Nissan 370Z is set to arrive in Australian showrooms by mid-2009 in one comprehensively packaged specification grade.

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Prices start at $67,990 for the six-speed manual – representing a saving over the 350Z Track manual, which was priced at $68,990 – and $70,990 for the seven-speed automatic version.






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