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Spy Shots: Next-Gen 2009 Nissan 350Z

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The 370Z Nurburgring edition will limited to just 80 examples and offered exclusively in yellow

The 370Z Nurburgring edition will limited to just 80 examples and offered exclusively in yellow

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The hot-looking Nissan 350Z, or “Fairlady” as it’s known in Japan, is likely to be replaced by an all-new model in 2009. Over at Edmunds Inside Line is quick video of a possible rendering of a car with styling that’s very similar to the current model. The source suggests that major changes include extended wheel flares both front and rear to accommodate a wider track, while front-end styling will be toned down. Expect smaller headlights and a sloping front bar.

No major changes are planned for the mechanicals. Suspension and drivetrains will remain much the same. This means Nissan’s VQ V6 engine but with a slight increase in horsepower, somewhere close to 325hp. The goal of the new design is to keep the 350z fresh against some of the new coupes hitting the market at the same time. One of our biggest criticisms of the 350z interior is its extremely poor interior, which resembles something you'd expect from a Kia, not a $30K sports car. Edmunds claims that the interior will be changed, but only with minor improvements. Apparently it will have more convenience features like storage and softer armrests. Look for a new prototype at next year’s Tokyo Motor Show with an official release planned for early 2008.
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  1. one word 4 it! SMART!!!!
     
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  2. The current car is hot, but there is no center armrest and the door armrests are at an unatural height. Very uncomfortable. Hopefully they will make the cockpit more comfy and its time to get 400+ hp with a major TURBO option.
     
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