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Nissan 350Z Coupe

Nissan 350Z Coupe
Viewed from any angle the Nissan 350Z looks good.
Nissan 350Z side view

Nissan 350Z rear
Viewed from the rear 3/4 angle the classic coupe profile is apparent
Nissan 350Z rear view

Nissan 350Z back

Nissan 350Z interior
The Interior of the Nissan 350Z is well equipped
Nissan 350Z inside

Nissan 350Z engine
Power comes courtesy of this 3.5 litre V6 engine

Year (of specifications) 2002 - 2008
Engine 3.5 L V6
Transmission 6 speed manual
Max speed

155 mph

0-60 mph 5.9 seconds
Horsepower 287 bhp @ 6200 rpm
weight 3188 lbs

There aren't too many Japanese cars with a long line of pedigree and heritage. But the 350Z is one of them. The line started with the legendary 240Z in the 1970s, progressing through to the 260Z, 280Z and on to the ZX series - that's where it went wrong for a bit.

The retro-styled 350Z was designed to recall the shape of the 240Z, and it does. A bit. The proportions of the car, with its classic coupe profile and contemporary styling elements look unbelievably good. Even now, after the introduction of its successor, the Nissan 370Z, it turns heads with ease.

The Nissan 350Z has sold well all over the world. Its strong sales figures could be attributed to its competitive price and great looks. Once word got out that it was also a strong performer on both the road and track it became even more desirable.

The 350Z was initially available just as a coupe, but soon a convertible model arrived. Usually convertibles are far more floppy and flabby than their coupe counterparts. But with the 350Z the differences were minimal - although driving purists will still prefer the Coupe's sharper dynamics.

Due to its styling, performance, reliability and character you can almost guarantee that the 350Z is a future classic.

The Nissan 350Z was powered by a strong and dependable 3.5 litre V6 which, depending on the year and whether or not its a special edition model (like the UK-spec GT4 edition), produces 276 horsepower and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) of torque @ 4,800 rpm. Later cars, and the GT4 model had engines which developed just shy of 300 horsepower. In 2007 the engine received a thorough redesign and 309 hp was achieved. The engine, in all its iterations, has proved to be strong and reliable, even after lots of miles and episodes of 'spirited' driving. If you're buying a 350-zee make sure the engine pulls strongly and revs smoothly. Any rattles or clicking noises can be a sign of a hard life.

The 6-speed manual transmission (there was an auto option, but you're crazy to choose it) of the 350Z has a heavyweight feel to it, and this is normal. Early cars also had an odd habit of sending a tingling vibration up through the gear stick - again this is normal, just a bit weird! The only thing to watch out for with the transmission is a notchy feel when selecting a gear - usually it's most noticeable when engaging 4th or 6th gear. This can be a sign of a lifetime of aggressive gearshifts and it should be investigated further. All in all the 350Z's drivetrain is a pretty tough setup, and relatively low maintenance for a sports car. Although if stuff does start to go wrong it isn't the cheapest car to put right.

Nissan blessed the 350Z with a sublime chassis. In fact for the price and segment it was probably top of the class. It provides an entertaining and involving drive, and it's also easy to get the best of the car's handling. It'll put a smile on the face of all drivers - irrespective of experience or driving style.

The 350Z is a great looking car from every angle. Its short front and rear overhangs and classic cab-rearward coupe profile look beautifully balanced. The paintwork is of a high standard, and even though the front bumper and nose of the car can suffer from stone chips due to its blunt shape, the paintwork holds up surprisingly well.

Suspension and Brakes

The brakes are generally pretty good, but there are a few tricks to them. First off, if you're on a test drive and it has squeaky brakes, this can actually be a sign that they haven't been used in anger much - so it can be an indication of an unmolested example. Check to be sure though! Another characteristic of the 350Z's braking system is long pedal travel. This is completely normal, and most noticeable when the brakes are either cold or very hot.

The 350Z was equipped with different suspension components depending on where it was sold. The US market 350Z had a softer setup than the European cars. Essentially the suspension system was setup to match the types of roads they would encounter. In general however the 350Z's suspension system was a decent setup and it contributed greatly to the cars handling prowess.

The interior of the Nissan 350Z is a highly focused environment which is designed to put the driver right in the middle of the action. The triple gauge cluster inset into the dashboard, and the deeply coweled instrument panel is a throwback tot eh original 240Z - and they look great. Deeply bolstered sports seats hold the driver and passenger firmly in place. And while there's not too much drama or fancy trim inside, and the materials are of a slightly lower quality than that of its main competitor, the Audi TT, overall it's a nice place to find yourself.


Review by: Anon.
The Nissan 350Z which was first introduced in 2002 is the current successor to the popular 'Z' range of Nissan sports cars originally introduced in 1969.

After the passing of the Nissan 300ZX in 1996 Nissan was left without a sports coupe in its lineup. However when the 350Z was introduced its styling emulated the original car, not the later 300ZX model.

The layout of the 350Z follows in the footsteps of the previous cars, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive and like the original the 350Z has impeccable handling characteristics and strong power train.

In Japan the Nissan 350Z is sold under the name of the 'Fairlady Z'. In 2004 Nissan introduced the convertible version, the 350Z Roadster.

For the 2007 model year, the 350Z was moderately revised. The VQ35DE V6 was replaced with a new 3.5 L VQ35HR V6. It produces 306 hp at 6800 rpm with 268 lb-ft at 4800 rpm. The front bumper, hood, and headlamps were also revised with the hood featuring a bulge reminiscent of the original 240Z.

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