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  1. Jessie the cat.
  2. New Plugs this time or were you still ok? I had them this year so I would guess if you didn't you will be next year?
  3. Happy Birthday mate, hope you have a great day!
  4. To compare and contrast this is the spec sheet for the 370z Nismo back in 2014. It does have a Composite Carbon Fibre Drive Shaft in the 370z 2014 NISMO 370Z Overview 7-13.pdf2014 NISMO 370Z AAG 7-13.pdf2014 NISMO 370Z Specs 7-13.pdf
  5. Am I going mad - but didn't the 370z also have "carbon-fiber composite drive shaft and Downshift Rev Matching" So basically this is the engine they should have put 3 years earlier in the 370z, a New Body Kit and New Interior. No mention as yet of a Nismo model, and I am thinking even if it had come to the UK I would have struggled to justify buying it, the performance and proto specs have nearly the same size wheel as the Nismo. I know they are making a big thing about 19" Wheels but the Nismo always had them - my tyre sizes are F: 245/40R19 and R: 285/35/R19 I do wonder if this is all enough to compete against the Supra in a shrinking market sector. To me it looks like Nissan taking a safe option so this model I would doubt will do another 10 years. Its a shame as they could have really done something. Its not a bad car, it has things they should have added in the 370z before its end of life.
  6. YOKOHAMA, Japan – On August 17 local time, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. premiered the U.S.-market version of the all-new Nissan Z sports car at a special event in New York. The all-new, seventh-generation Z, representing more than 50 years of ongoing passion and dedication towards driving excitement, is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers in the U.S. in spring 2022. As a core model for Nissan, the Z helps maintain the “Nissan-ness” of the company as it continues its corporate transformation. At the center of the Z’s success are the fans, representing 1.8 million Zs sold, making it a global top-selling sports car. As an approachable sports car for the modern age, the all-new Z offers attractive styling, advanced technology and the thrill of exploring the open road to past and future generations of Z drivers and fans. “For us at Nissan, the Z is a part of who we are, and represents years of our commitment to customers. Through the Z, we bring the latest sports car design, performance and excitement to as many people as we can," said Ashwani Gupta, chief operating officer/chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. An exhilarating, dynamic performer The original Z, which debuted in 1969, was built to bring the joy and excitement of sports car ownership to as many people as possible. It was a car built for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts, and that spirit and heritage continues with the launch of the latest reincarnation of Z. One of the defining traits of Z has always been its bond between the car and the driver – a physical and visceral connection, no matter the road ahead. That human-machine bond dominates the new Z, especially in the presence of the standard 6-speed manual transmission. As a physical touch point between driver and Z, the 6-speed’s shifter glides to the next gear, almost instinctively, with minimal effort. Also available is an advanced, quick response 9-speed automatic transmission. “Simply put, our goal is to make this the best Z yet, period. With each generation, we raise the bar, pushing the limits of Z and continuing to tap into the human instinct for that next thrilling journey,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist of the new Z. “More than just powerful and agile, the all-new Z is designed to be one with the driver, for the car to be a ‘dance partner’ for their on-road adventures.” The all-new Z’s 3.0-liter V-6 twin turbo engine adds a significant increase in power output over the previous generation 370Z. It is designed to deliver a sharp, yet smooth response to the driver’s input. With an increase of 68 HP and 30 percent increase in torque, this latest Z is like nothing before it. The engine is rated at 400 horsepower (405 PS), and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque at 5,600 rpm. With the increase in power, the engineering team tuned the chassis, cooling, suspension and steering to ensure the Z continues to support the driver’s intentions. Getting behind the wheel, the Z feels new and modern, yet still familiar. In a first for a rear-wheel drive Nissan vehicle, the 6-speed manual transmission includes an advanced launch assist control system (Performance grade) that helps deliver smooth acceleration from a stopped position. All automatic transmission-equipped models feature the launch control system. Manual-transmission-equipped models also feature a carbon-fiber composite drive shaft and Downshift Rev Matching. The new, optional 9-speed automatic transmission offers direct and quick response thanks to its wide gear ratios. Drivers can experience a satisfying engagement that keeps the thrill of Z power and performance in sync with the driver. When it comes to delivering predictable, responsive handling, the engineering team took a multi-prong approach, especially for high-speed driving and cornering. Enhanced body rigidity, an electronic power steering with rack assist and a strong mechanical feel and wider front tires help increase cornering performance up to 13 percent. Both front and rear dampers use a new monotube shock absorber design with a larger diameter than the outgoing 370Z, resulting in approximately 20 percent reduction in dampening force to help minimize impact shock over uneven surfaces, enhance road-following performance and improved handling stability. The front double-wishbone aluminum suspension features new geometry, including caster angle which has been increased, aiding in straight line stability. Two drive modes are offered with the automatic transmission, standard and sport. Standard mode is best suited for commuting and long highway drives for a pleasant, stress-free drive. Sport mode unlocks the Z’s performance potential, offering faster acceleration control, a sports-mode steering profile, active sound enhancement and sports-mode vehicle dynamic control setting best matched to take on a spirited run through a winding road. Z Performance grade models utilize a mechanical clutch-type limited-slip differential. Z exterior – past meets future The all-new Z boasts a sleek exterior design with an appearance that communicates respect to its lineage. Its long hood and short deck are fundamentally Z, with a fresh look that is love-at-first-sight. The design theme for the exterior and interior of the new Z is “tradition with modern technology.” “Our designers listened to thousands of current Z owners, made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design. “Ultimately, we decided the Z should travel between the decades, including the future.” For the exterior, the new Z takes on a traditional rear-wheel-drive sports car design, with a long hood, lower rear stance and a silhouette that pays homage to the first-generation Z. The designers utilized the latest technologies to streamline the design, and incorporated LED lighting to give dimension without unnecessary elements. The LED headlights have two half-circles that hark back to the Japan market-only Fairlady 240ZG of the 70s, which fit naturally with the new Z’s identity. The link to the original Z is most striking when viewing the all-new Z from the side. The roofline flows from the nose to the squared-off rear to create a distinctive first-generation Z profile, whose rear edge was slightly lower than the front fender height giving the Z its unique posture. The signature transition from the rear quarter glass to the low-slung position of the rear tail adds to the effect. The rear combination lamps incorporate modern technology into the styling reminiscent of the Z32 300ZX, including new 3-D signature LED taillights that are distinctly Z. The Z Performance grade features a rear spoiler that creates positive pressure where the rear hatch and spoiler meet, mitigating rear lift. The front spoiler takes advantage of knowledge gained through Nissan GT-R development to utilize negative pressure zones. The all-new Z is available in three monotone exterior colors and six two-tone exterior colors including two new colors, Seiran Blue and Ikazuchi Yellow – both with a Super Black roof. Z interior: modern tech with a vintage touch Designed to fit the driver and passenger like a glove, the cabin seamlessly blends modern technology with vintage Z touches. The center stack takes inspiration from previous generations, with three analog pod gauges on the instrument panel, 8.0-inch touchscreen audio display in the center and climate control switches near the shifter. The interior design team also sought advice from professional motorsports legends, such as Nissan Super GT500 driver Tsugio Matsuda, to give the Z an ideal sports car cabin for various driving situations. This can be seen in the instrumentation, with all vital information found in the 12.3-inch customizable digital meter display and arranged to help the driver grasp it at a glance, such as the redline shift point at the 12 o’clock position. The 12.3-inch TFT meter display is all-new with three display modes to suit driver preference. The new Z’s center stack uses a three-zone approach, placing three analog pod gauges on the instrument panel (boost, turbo speed, volt) within the driver’s eyesight. Both the manual and automatic shift levers are new, each of them custom-engineered for optimized grip and comfort. The new, deep spoke steering wheel offers the driver quick access controls without losing the vintage aesthetic. The design of the seats utilizes know-how from the GT-R’s development to enhance both hold and fit. The expanded use of suede on the seatback suppresses initial lateral shake on the body, creating more comfortable drives, as well as reducing body movement when the vehicle is aggressively cornering. Three interior color environments are available – Graphite, Red and Blue. The limited edition Proto Spec features yellow accents throughout the cabin, including stitching on the instrument panel. The seats feature layered seat material to create depth and a gradation effect. Two models, one limited edition For the United States market, the all-new Z will be offered in Sport and Performance grades, each with a choice of a 6-speed manual or new 9-speed automatic transmission. A limited edition Nissan Z Proto Spec is also offered featuring exclusive yellow-colored brake calipers with Z logo, bronze-colored aluminum-alloy wheels, exclusive leather-appointed seats with yellow accents and yellow interior stitching throughout. Production of the Nissan Z Proto Spec is limited to 240 units. “For more than 50 years, the Z has been an accessible dream sports car, added Gupta. Its timeless appeal is the result of the ongoing passion and dedication of countless employees, working to deliver the thrill of the Z to past and future generations." Nissan will be announcing details for the all-new Z for the Japan market, known as the Fairlady Z, this winter. Nissan Z specifications (U.S. spec) Nissan Z (Sport) Nissan Z (Performance) Nissan Z (Proto Spec) Engine VR30DDTT 3.0 L V-6 Twin Turbo Engine output (hp) 400 Torque (lb-ft) 350 @ 5,600 rpm Transmission 6-speed manual / 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters Brake system Front: ventilated discs w/ 4-piston aluminum calipers Rear: ventilated discs w/ 2-piston aluminum calipers Length (in.) 172.4 Width (in.) 72.6 Height (in.) 51.8 Wheelbase (in.) 100.4 Wheel and tire size Fr: 245/45R18 9J Rr: 245/45R18 9J Fr: 255/40R19 9.5J Rr: 275/35R19 10J Fr: 255/40R19 9.5J Rr: 275/35R19 10J To learn more about the all-new Z, please visit here. Contact nissan_japan_communications@mail.nissan.co.jp
  7. I am sure when I bought them I got them from the States - but I cannot for the life of me remember what I paid for them it was probably 2015 when I did mine. I just found the thread I did at the time I guess you have the part numbers already: Parts Required - GT-R Dome Light Covers (Nissan Parts: 26431-JF00A & 26432-JF00A) I think I got them from a US dealer of course the exchange rate was probably a lot better. JohnFK often mentions a company he uses for parts - I cannot recall who.
  8. Thanks Mate, I have taken a look and to be honest that's the route I will be going I think, the dealer clearly is never going to sort it out, (its been 7 months) and I can get the local place to fit it when it arrives.
  9. V1 was never available in Red in the UK but was in the US. V2 introduced Red as the base colour I believe on the V1 Silver was the base colour.
  10. Sorry mate to hear about the recent times. Sorry never had to do one on the 350/370 but I am sure someone will come along soon who has. Glad to hear though things are a little better for you.
  11. LESmo

    F1 2021

    I am afraid Its racing - I didn't see anything wrong with what happened, It was nothing like when Bourdais hit us at Le Mans because he couldn't find a way to get past - taking us out after 17 hours, nearly identical smash into the tyres for our car at the time. We just moved on, some people felt sorry for us, as sorry that a few months later in Champ Car - Bourdais got taken out and the team who did it sent a message to us to say it was pay back. I still hate the guy to today and probably will for the rest of his life - not that he knows it or would probably care. But as far as last weekend its just what happens in racing. RB were not so outraged the several times their own cars took each other out...
  12. I am facing the possibility of looking for a closer place to take the Zed next February, having been with Norton Way since the car was bought from them new. I don't know anything about Desira in Norwich - I think there were people on here when we had 350's who used them. But I have been researching and there is a local place in Attleborough who do a lot of work on Race Cars and does Service & MOT's so I may well be trying them for the Zed and the Mini, to be fair they won't be much cheaper than Norton Way, but add to that a 3 hour round trip and 150 miles in possible bad weather. So at the moment that's my possible plan, so switching to a independent place. As the car gets older I will probably need a place that will do all types of work. I have been so far waiting 7 months for an update on a new steering wheel - so I may be falling out of love a little bit with my dealer.
  13. Happy Birthday Alex - hope you are well!
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