Looking Back at its Inspiration - 2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: Looking Back at its Inspiration

October 08, 2009

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One of the strong points of the 370Z is its styling, which manages to pay homage to the original, first-generation Datsun 240Z/260Z/280Z without looking contrived. The long, aerodynamic nose with single headlights that wrap around the corners, the fastback roofline, the kicked-up beltline and the side window shapes all harken back to the clean, classic sports car look of the original. Yet there are modern touches, such as the aggressively-flared wheelwells and free-form headlights. But if I had to pick one over the other purely based on styling, however, I'd have to go with the sleeker and cleaner original.

Between that first Z car and the current one, Nissan's sports car has gone through many iterations. If you want to brush up on your Z car history, we've got it all right here.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor at 13,094 miles


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