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    Despite Thumper's name-change campaign for me, I will not be changing my screen name although I do like YellowZ. :naughty:

    Okay, so all jokes aside with the thread about the little Z toy, this one is about the big Z toy, the one Minuteman refers to as "that other thing". ;)

    As some of you who have been privy to my ups and downs are aware, I have tried and failed over the months to land a 2009 Competition Yellow NC. The last attempt was right before Christmas when I thought I'd be signing papers for one when at the last minute, there was a problem with my Miata's title and someone else bought that NC before I could get a Florida title.

    With less than 24 hours left of my approved financing I had for a month and having lost my last good chance at a CY NC, I was presented an opportunity to get a different yellow sports car for about the same price and terms. Cost less to insure for some reason as well.

    So without further delay, I am very happy, no, ecstatic to present YellowZ! Might have to work on that name...

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    Re: Z

    Okay, got it home and time to check everything: dings, filters, oil, codes and so on. Looking good so far.


    I love that booty! Oh, and I'm not blurring the license plate because of you guys but because I'm going to post on Facebook and other places.


    Took my license plate trim off the Miata and put it on the Z. Still undecided...
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    Took a few comparison shots, at least the best I can do by myself with a cheap camera. I wish I could get someone to drive one of the cars to a nice scene for better photos because I won't have this opportunity long to get them both together.











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    Re: Z

    My Z is a 2009 Touring model with Sport package in Chicane Yellow.

    The Chicane Yellow color was a $500 premium in 2009 just for the cool people. Like the Miata, Yellow was only offered for the one year a new model was introduced. So for Nissan, the next earliest yellow was the 2005 350Z.

    The 370Z is designated that way because of it's engine size: a 3.7 liter V6. Likewise, the 350Z is a 3.5 liter. Both are part of the legendary Nissan VQ line of butter smooth V6 motors but the 370Z added VVEL to its latest iteration in the 370Z which is a term that goes over my head but means variable valve timing on a whole new level. This is probably the last version of the V6 motor before the new, direct injected model arrives in 2015.





    Touring model includes:
    •Leather interior: seats and door panels. Door panels (arm rests) are alcantara and seat middles too to prevent sliding around or burning your ass on hot leather. Seats also have heaters for cold mornings.
    •Blose sound system with subwoofer mounted inside the spare tire/wheel, Bluetooth hands free, steering wheel controls, satellite radio (actually sounds pretty good for a change)
    •3.7L V6 engine
    •6-speed manual transmission (80mph @ 3K RPM)
    •Up to 18 cty/26 hwy mpg
    •Cruise control
    •Automatic climate control with cabin micro filter
    •Steering wheel controls for cruise control, stereo and Bluetooth
    •Enkei spare wheel/tire
    •Side/Curtain Airbags
    •Stability Control
    •Traction Control
    •Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    •Illuminated aluminum "Z" door sill plates


    Sport package can be added to base or Touring and includes:
    •Rays Engineering 19-inch, forged aluminum wheels 19x9 front with 245-40-19 tires and 19x10, 275-35-19 rear
    •Synchro-rev transmission (S-mode), computer instantly rev matches the motor to whatever lower gear you downshift to
    •Limited slip differential
    •Factory color matched rear spoiler and black front spoiler lip
    •Akebono big brakes (like Wilwood)




    Independent information:

    Wiki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_370Z#Equipment

    Engineering
    2009 Nissan 370Z
    Almost every piece and component of the 370Z has been redesigned from the previous model (350Z). It is powered by the VQ37VHR 3.7*L (230*cu*in) DOHC V6 with Variable Valve and Lift Control and produces 332*hp (248*kW). Power delivery to the rear wheels comes through a new 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or 6-speed manual transmission which features the world's first synchronized down shift rev-matching system, SynchroRev Match. The SynchroRev Match system is only available with the sports package. The differential offered with the Sport Package is indicated to be a viscous limited slip differential. The new driveshaft is made from a carbon-fiber composite material.
    Compared to the 350Z, the 370Z has a wheelbase 4*in (100*mm) shorter at 100.4*in (2,550*mm) and an overall length 2.7*in (69*mm) shorter at 167.1*in (4,240*mm). The overall width has been increased by 1.3*in (33*mm), the rear track by 2.2*in (56*mm), and overall height reduced by 0.3*in (7.6*mm). The smaller exterior dimensions and use of more lightweight materials help reduce weight. (Although it should be noted that a 2003-2005 base model 350Z is actually lighter than the 370Z, since Federally-mandated safety features add weight to models produced after 2008).
    The 370Z features a front aluminum subframe, aluminum-alloy engine cradle, aluminum door panels, an all-aluminum hood, and an aluminum hatch. Front body torsion rigidity is improved by 10 percent with an extensively revised body structure which includes a new front suspension cradle to reduce front body lateral bending, new rear structural reinforcements, and an underbody "V-bar" to help reduce rear lateral bending. Rear body torsion rigidity is improved by up to 22 percent and rear body vertical bending rigidity is improved by up to 30 percent. Additional enhancements include the use of a carbon fiber composite radiator housing and strengthening of the rear fender and hatch areas. The new structure weighs slightly less than the 350Z.
    The 370Z uses a front double wishbone suspension, with forged aluminum control arms and steering knuckle, the rear multi-link suspension uses a forged aluminum upper control arm, lower arm and radius rod, the toe control rod is steel and wheel carrier assembly is aluminum.[5] The refreshed 2013 model uses new dampers with the Sport package models. The brakes have been changed from the more expensive Brembo racing brakes to Nissan branded brakes which are manufactured by Akebono.
    The coefficient of drag is 0.30 and 0.29 with the Sport Package, figures identical to the 350Z.


    Videos:
    http://www.motortrend.com/features/a...0z_first_look/
    http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...t/viewall.html
    http://blogs.motortrend.com/living-w...#axzz2GlXgnIsd
    http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com...s/Nissan_370Z/
    http://www.cars.com/nissan/370z/2010...s/?revid=55624
    http://www.edmunds.com/nissan/370z/
    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...370z-road-test
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/200...9-nissan-270z/
    http://www.motorauthority.com/review...09-nissan-370z
    http://www.autoblog.com/2009/03/11/r...9-nissan-370z/
    http://reviews.cnet.com/coupe-hatchb...-33411344.html
    http://www.cars.com/nissan/370z/2009/expert-reviews/
    http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2...15/304235.html

    MotorTrend
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    MotorWeek
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    Cars.com
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    Fifth Gear (UK)
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    Top Gear (Australia) Review +Stig lap
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    Top Gear (Australia) 350Z vs. 370Z
    [YOUTUBE=http://youtu.be/pKGUhuMHTPg]pKGUhuMHTPg[/YOUTUBE]

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    Re: Z

    My impressions and likes.

    I'm not going to compare a Z to a Miata in the strictest sense because they're different classes of cars so no "yeah but the Miata will catch up to it in the curves" kind of debates. I'm just comparing my experience having driven both.

    The Z is a bigger, heavier car and it's obvious even sitting still. It's roomier, quieter and for me, the seats are the biggest benefit and one of the main criteria when looking for a different car. The driver seat is powered forward and back plus manual controls to put knees up and down and another adjustment for butt up and down.

    Besides the already effective side bolster support, there is also a lumbar adjustment. Even though the seats are leather, their light in color plus the middle sections are Alcantara instead of smooth and slippery, they actually grip better than cloth. The arm rests on the doors are also Alcantara and very comfortable.

    Programmable ECU, instrument cluster goes up and down with wheel tilt, windows go up .10" more when door closed to keep super quiet on the road, dual auto down window switches, keyfob windows down, forged aluminum suspension components, forged aluminum Rays Engineering 19" wheels, carbon fiber driveshaft and braces, aluminum hood, roof and hatch.

    It has a limited slip differential, traction control, anti-lock brakes and side curtain airbags as well as airbags in the seat bolsters.

    This post to be continued...
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    Re: Z

    No Reservations

    Awesome! (That's Z-car terminology, btw)

    I have several friends with Z's, and attend Zdayz every year. Great cars, with great and enthusiastic owners. You picked well. You should make an effort to attend Zdayz, too.

    Congrats,
    Brad

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    Me Likey !!! I just wanna know when you're gonna let me drive it the way it was meant to be ( very fast ) and not at your pedestrian speeds.

    Brad if Z days are about driving,sign Yata up for the Whine and Shine,cruise to the Dairy Queen group.

    Nice car there you Big Banana ! :banana2::banana:

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    Congrats YellowYata for having found your new toy "YellowZ" ;-)

    Look forward to see what you'll do to to her :P

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    Beautiful car! If I had to have a different car to toy with, it would either be a vette or a Z. I love the look of the 370's too.

    Only problem with it is it's not a convertible...but what it lacks in open air, it makes up for in horsepower!

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    Re: Z

    Thank you Tristan and Jester!

    I was given a choice of two Vettes as well but they were high mileage and the interiors looked pretty bad. I like Vettes and I'm sure they're nice cars but they didn't elicit a single pang of interest. When the Z came up on the screen, I 'bout fell over.

    The 370Z convertible did not appear until 2010 and it is gorgeous but yellow was only available in 2009, just like the Competition Yellow NC.
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