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Melbourne show: Nissan gets sexy

Zed car: The Nissan 370Z lines up next to the new GT-R in Melbourne.

Two-door sports machines and new Maxima headline Nissan display

27 Feb 2009

NISSAN’S Melbourne motor show stand has no shortage of sex appeal, with the first appearance of the Nissan 370Z sportscar in Australian specification alongside the long-awaited GT-R supercar.

Also making its Australian debut will be the fifth-generation Maxima, which goes on sale from June 1 and will include a new entry-level model powered by a 2.5-litre V6 engine that will be priced from $33,990 – $1000 less than the current entry price for the 3.5-litre model.

The new 370Z – the first full redesign since the Z was reintroduced in 2003 – will go on sale in Australia in May or June and will be priced from $67,990 for the six-speed manual ($4000 more than the current base model 350Z but $1000 less than the Track version, and now with Sat Nav) and $70,990 for the new seven-speed automatic version ($5000 more than the cheapest 350Z auto).

12 center image Left: GT-R, and below Maxima.

As well as the new seven-speed auto, the 245kW/363Nm 3.7-litre V6-engined 370Z boasts a world-first synchronised rev control system for the six-speed manual, which blips the throttle for upshifts and downshifts.

Melbourne GT-R enthusiasts will get their first look at the four-wheel drive supercoupe, which officially goes on sale from April 1 at $155,800, and the new Murano will also feature, one month after being launched in Australia.

Nissan Australia hopes the more economical 2.5-litre version of the Maxima will attract buyers of four-cylinder mid-size cars and say it will be equipped with leather upholstery, electric front seats, dual-zone climate control, Xenon headlights, 6-stack CD player, 17-inch alloys, keyless ignition, six airbags, ABS and ESC.

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