We are getting reports from various readers that the all-new 2010 Nissan 370Z coupe is available in some showrooms around the UAE and other GCC countries.
From an official standpoint, we haven’t heard a word from Nissan Middle East about this, although we did come across a half-baked “viral” video for the car that isn’t spreading at all.
The Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7-litre V6, good for 330 hp at 7000 rpm and 366 Nm of torque at 5200 rpm. Gearbox choices include a 6-speed manual with rev-matching functionality and a 7-speed automatic with manual paddle-shifting. The car is capable of 0-100 kph in 5.3 seconds, on to a limited top speed of 250 kph.
I was actually invited to drive the car twice, first in France and then in Qatar, but I was blocked from the French trip by the French embassy retarded procedures, and I rejected the Qatari trip to gain back the time I wasted trying to go on the first trip.
Reviews suggest that the 370Z is as good as a Porsche Boxster, which would generally be great news for enthusiasts on a budget. However, our readers are reporting that the 370Z coupe has been put on sale in regional showrooms for between Dhs 192,000 and Dhs 198,000, at about the same price as a Porsche Boxster, which makes it a whopping 40% more than the car’s price in the United States. If true, it looks like the local dealers have pulled the same mark-up scheme that made the GT-R as expensive as a 911 Turbo in the UAE.
Keep track of the latest prices in the Nissan 370Z buyer guide.