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      05-09-2008, 04:17 AM   #1
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M3 vs. 370z

3000lbs and 350hp can be lots of fun. Any feedback?



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      05-09-2008, 06:16 AM   #2
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NA 350hp at 3000lbs sound like a winner. it looks like Nissan gonna sell a lot more of these Zs...
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Car Mag caught a snap of it at a presentation. I made a thread about it last night. Here's the pic:



CAR Mag said it would be 4 inches shorter and have the 3.7l engine from the G37. Sounds good I'm sure the pic is real because it matches spypics of a shorter prototype.
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      05-09-2008, 03:39 PM   #4
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1st off the Z is NOT 3000lbs....its closer to 3500lbs..... Not unless they put it on a serious diet.....
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1st off the Z is NOT 3000lbs....its closer to 3500lbs..... Not unless they put it on a serious diet.....
Actually according to R&T Jun 08. New 370Z will weigh about 3010lbs. So this new machine will be a rocket.
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1st off the Z is NOT 3000lbs....its closer to 3500lbs..... Not unless they put it on a serious diet.....

According to R&T, the new one is on Jenny Craig.


Now, I question myself if I should have held off my purchase.
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      05-10-2008, 12:34 AM   #7
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370 is almost the same as g37
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      05-10-2008, 01:31 AM   #8
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3000lbs and 350hp can be lots of fun. Any feedback?



http://www.roadandtrack.com/article....rticle_id=6753
The headlights look like the ones on the new maximas.
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M3 would smoke it.
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      05-10-2008, 11:02 PM   #10
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Looks to be infected with the GT-R virus.
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looks pretty nice imo.

With that extra HP, reduced weight and hopefully the GTR'S Transmission its gonna be a pretty good drive i'm sure.
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Looks to be infected with the GT-R virus.
I wouldn't complement the GTR that much......if it did it would have GAINED weight and power......not lost weight!!!!
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If it actually is 3010 lbs, with 350hp. I will be in line to purchurse my first Jap car.

BMW start making lighter cars. You are starting to annoy me.
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1st off the Z is NOT 3000lbs....its closer to 3500lbs..... Not unless they put it on a serious diet.....
u fail brother man. it's on a serious diet for a while. in any case WTF does a Z have to do with a M3?

it's geared towards Cayman S, but then Cayman S is getting turbo
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I drove the Z when it first came out....it performed well, but fell WAY short in build quality....cheap plastic everywhere, rough ride and lots of squeeks-rattles...

The Cayman is getting a turbo....I find that very unlikely..since it will bump the performance of the Cayman above the 911...which Porsche has said repeatedly it will NOT do...the same thinking about why they DON'T put an LSD in the Cayman...
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I drove the Z when it first came out....it performed well, but fell WAY short in build quality....cheap plastic everywhere, rough ride and lots of squeeks-rattles...

The Cayman is getting a turbo....I find that very unlikely..since it will bump the performance of the Cayman above the 911...which Porsche has said repeatedly it will NOT do...the same thinking about why they DON'T put an LSD in the Cayman...
i heard it from this forum i have no definite info. if anything blame southlight coz it's getting turbo in germany. which means most likely it's getting a LSD
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      05-13-2008, 09:46 PM   #17
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definately sounds like its going to be a fun car
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      05-20-2008, 03:41 PM   #19
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interesting but not a Z fan since they got rid of the TT 300z
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      05-23-2008, 03:26 PM   #20
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interesting but not a Z fan since they got rid of the TT 300z
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Although at one time the Z was my dream car, I've grown up. The 370 looks uglier than the 350. I thought the 300Z was the best looking of the bunch, and that says a lot because the original 240Z was a nice looking car. But, since then it's just gone downhill on the looks.

However, mechanically the 370 sounds hot. I bet it will be a blast to drive. I always liked the way the Nissan's drive. But like one of the posters above pointed out there is too much plastic. Although the fit is pretty good, they use very cheap plastics and it just does not feel special like a BMW. If I were younger and poorer (why does this go together?) the 370 might be on my wish list.
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i heard it from this forum i have no definite info. if anything blame southlight coz it's getting turbo in germany. which means most likely it's getting a LSD
I remember reading an article stating that the Cayman was to gain a turbo but the reasons behind this are not forth coming. For sure the 997 will surely suffer because of this as too many Porsche customers the main reason for picking the 911 is it's added performance and the LSD, if Porsche give both the the Cayman Turbo then a lot will chose it instead as it's noticeably the better balanced car and the nicer to drive.

In the duel between Z370 vs M3, my money still stands with the Beemer, it's a class act and like it or not it is a closer competitor to the GTR then Nissan will admit. Unless the Z gains the big brother's gearbox and some of it's trickery I can't see it competing with the M3..............more likely the Z4M is it's true rival.
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I think as far as a simple drag race it would be close - if it comes in around that weight... as far as a run through the twisties, if they can dial in the suspension as well as nissan did on the GT-R it seems like it'll be a nice car. I still wouldn't buy one for the main fact that it's a nissan - I don't discriminate against other manufacturers, but their quality is sub-par as far as fit/finish goes, it'll be interesting to see if this intensifies with the lower weight. More importantly, I like driving something that is somewhat exclusive. I can't even get the mail without seeing almost every color drive by...

Regardless, it's good to see a company lower the weight of their cars instead of steadily gain weight every generation.
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