Swoopy Design...Like a Bad '70s Hot Wheels Car - 2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Nissan 370Z Long-Term Road Test

2009 Nissan 370Z: Swoopy Design...Like a Bad '70s Hot Wheels Car

June 15, 2009

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I took a good long look at our long-term 2009 Nissan 370Z over the past weekend and realized something: the car's body lines simply don't work for me.

The problem is more subtle than overt, and it's really only noticeable on profile or rear three-quarter angles, but the swoopy hind quarters, combined with the exaggereted taillight design, looks like something out of my 1970s era Hot Wheels collection. Among my cars is a chrome (literally chrome) Porsche 911 with varying floral print designs going over the hood and roof. Maybe it's the 370Z's vague 911-esque shape, plus its silver color, that furthers the effect, but when I look at the swoops and sweeps of its body I can't avoid thinking of that toy car.

And yes, I did think that Hot Wheels toy was cool...when I was 7.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 7679 miles


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