You sure would have liked to have made it to the 2008 LA Auto Show this year, but it just wasn’t feasible, what with the economy the way it is and your house on the verge of repossession and your wife turning tricks to pay the electricity bill and all that recession jazz…well don’t look so glum, because we couldn’t make it out there either. Although we’re admittedly a little disappointed we missed out on seeing the sights in sunny California, that doesn’t mean we have to pass on the LA Auto Show experience altogether. Enter: the extensive network of auto enthusiast blogs. RideLust couldn’t make it out there, but our friends in the auto blogging world sure did, so in honor of a shoestring budget and a rabid lust for autos, we took it upon ourselves to compile an extensive photo gallery of all the major LA reveals using the photographic expertise of our fellow gearheads.
First up on our list is the 2009 Nissan 370Z, one of the most highly-anticipated debuts at the LA Auto Show this year.
Full gallery after the jump
Ultimately intended to replace the 350Z in Nissan’s current lineup, the 370Z is definitely a sleeker, more powerful machine. Borrowing a little inspiration from its luxury brethren, the Infiniti G37, the 2009 Nissan 370Z is equipped with a 3.7L VQ37HR V6 engine capable of producing 332 hp at 7000 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5200 rpm. Mated to either a 6-sp manual or 7-sp automatic transmission, the 370Z comes outfitted with the first production version of Nissan’s Synchronized Downshift Rev Matching system. Definitely intended to blatantly challenge Porsche’s new PDK, Nissan’s SynchroRev Match is essentially a computerized substitute for professional driving ability. Glossing over the more minute details, the SynchroRev Match basically just eliminates shift shock – and for all you throttle jockeys who love to feel the response of your baby when she’s stroked into high gear, the 370Z comes equipped with a SynchroRev shutoff button conveniently located next to the shifter.
Currently, the Nissan 370Z Coupe is scheduled to hit dealer showrooms in January 2009, and will be followed by the Nissan 370Z Roadster in 2010. Pricing for the 2009 Nissan 370Z is tentatively listed at around $30,000, but expect more detailed information regarding final pricing to be revealed closer to the Nissan 370Z’s official drop date.