>> Monday, March 30, 2009
The Z car continues to offer kick-butt bang for the buck, and Nissan SHIFTS_its marketing message.
BY STEVE SILER
However ready Nissan was to unveil its 2009 370Z coupe at the 2008 Los Angeles auto show, it wasn’t ready to tell us how much it planned to charge for it. Indeed, Nissan waited until the day the 370Z went on sale to finally announce pricing for the latest—and perhaps greatest—Z car yet.
With just two trim levels in place of the five offered on the 350Z coupe, the 370Z coupe starts at $30,625 for a base model equipped with the six-speed manual and $31,925 with the seven-speed automatic. The better-equipped 370Z Touring starts at $35,155 with the stick and $36,455 for the automatic. That’s a jump of nearly $1500 from the 2008 coupe’s $29,205 sticker, but considering the magnitude of improvements made inside, outside, and under its brazen new skin, the 350Z’s bang-for-the-buck appeal remains without question.