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Headlights, tail-lights, front bumper, fangs, blunt appearing in profile, interior is now cramped, even less storage, subwoofer now in the floor over spare tire (what do you do with your suitcase if you want to listen to music on long trips?), bare metal stabilizer bar behind the seats apparently replaces the "wall" the 350Z has.

The car is becoming cheap, looks like a 350Z put in a vise, and evolving into a glorified go-kart.
 

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QUOTE (scrapser @ Oct 29 2008, 01:10 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=558347
Headlights, tail-lights, front bumper, fangs, blunt appearing in profile, interior is now cramped, even less storage, subwoofer now in the floor over spare tire (what do you do with your suitcase if you want to listen to music on long trips?), bare metal stabilizer bar behind the seats apparently replaces the "wall" the 350Z has.

The car is becoming cheap, looks like a 350Z put in a vise, and evolving into a glorified go-kart.
+1, I will stick to the 350Z
 

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What I see here is a concentrated effort on Nissan's part to create an "evolved" version of the Z that more directly competes with the Cayman. Unfortunately this effort was handicapped from the start by Nissan's limiting budget factors and need to use "parts bin" components. Throw in the effort to recall past Z cars in the styling while still trying to go upscale, and it seems to me like the end result is a car that doesn't quite fit into any one category. No doubt where the engine is concerned this will be a faster car. What I am afraid of is that in their quest to compete with Porsche, Nissan has toned down how the car drives. Yes, improved interior is great (I have complained about our current interiors before), but is it worth it at the cost of a more boring car? Hopefully I am wrong here. The last real review I read about the current gen Z was that it was, "rough around the edges- rough is good"(CAR UK). Hopefully Nissan's latest effort won't come out feeling half baked. :helpsmilie:
 

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After saying what I did earlier, I would like to add one thing- Can anybody say "engine swap"?
 

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QUOTE (scrapser @ Oct 29 2008, 09:10 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=558347
subwoofer now in the floor over spare tire (what do you do with your suitcase if you want to listen to music on long trips?)
I have a subwoofer in the spare tire well of my Z and I have put so much luggage on top of the protective grill over it that I probably exceeded the maximum cargo capacity (my girlfriend isn't a light packer!) and it hasn't damaged it. I'm sure they have made considerations for that.
 

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I can remember when the 350 was about to come out and I didn't really like it in the pictures (I am in love with it now obviously). I doubt two things: 1) The current pictures do the 370z justice and 2) Nissan will screw up the new Z. Nissan can't afford to get this one wrong just like they couldn't afford to mess up the GTR. There is a big following anticipating this car and I'm sure Nissan feels the that pressure to get it right.
 

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SSoooo sexy
 

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ehhh....i would take the bumper from the body but that's about it...well and the engine of course
 

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Don't really like it as is. I'll reserve judgment until I see it with Nismo lip kit and a small lip spoiler. I think it'll look nice then.
 

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rear lights, rear hatch, steering wheel, headlights are all what make me cringe.

someone above mentioned the 370 is meant to be a direct competitor to the cayman. Well when the time comes to upgrade, i'd be picking the cayman.
 

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Until now, every new Z car generation was a brand new design (240Z, 300Z, 350Z). This is the first time they tried to evolve a prior generation. The result, like so many posts I've read indicate, is a mixed bag. Some things look good, some completely out of place, some so-so, etc). I hope the next generation (if there is one) will be a complete redesign. The 350Z looks good because it is a 350Z. The 370Z looks like a car suffering from multiple identity disorder. It doesn't stand on its own.
 
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