|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2008 Nissan 350Z
|NISMO Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.3 sec||13.7 sec. @ 102.3 mph||18/25/---- mpg||Road & Track|
2007 Nissan 350Z
|Enthusiast Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.2 sec||13.7 sec @ 104 mph||18/25/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|NISMO Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.2 sec||13.8 sec @ 103 mph||18/25/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2006 Nissan 350Z
|Touring Roadster||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.7 sec||14.3 sec @ 98.7 mph||17/23/18.9 mpg||Motor Trend|
2005 Nissan 350Z
|35th Anniversary Edition Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.3 sec @ 101 mph||17/24/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|35th Anniversary Edition Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.6 sec||14.1 sec @ 101.8 mph||17/24/14.4 mpg||Road & Track|
|Grand Touring Roadster||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.2 sec @ 98.2 mph||17/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2004 Nissan 350Z
|Enthusiast Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.5 sec||13.9 sec @ 102.2 mph||18/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Enthusiast Roadster||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.1 sec @ 99.6 mph||17/24/17.6 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Enthusiast Roadster||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.7 sec||14.3 sec @ 99.6 mph||17/24/---- mpg||Road & Track|
|Track Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.3 sec||13.77 sec @ 100.94 mph||18/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Touring Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||6.1 sec||14.8 sec @ 100 mph||18/24/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|Touring Roadster||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||6.0 sec||14.6 sec @ 97 mph||17/24/20 mpg||Motor Week|
|Touring Roadster||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.5 sec||14.3 sec @ 99 mph||17/24/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
2003 Nissan 350Z
|Enthusiast Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.72 sec||14.02 sec @ 101.89 mph||18/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|GReddy Performance Coupe||3.5L Twin-Turbo V6||RWD||6M||4.61 sec||12.79 sec @ 106.53 mph||----/----/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Track Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.4 sec||14.1 sec @ 101 mph||18/24/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Track Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.5 sec||14.0 sec @ 101.2 mph||18/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Track Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.7 sec||14.4 sec @ 99 mph||18/24/26.1 mpg||Motor Week|
|Track Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.4 sec @ 99.7 mph||18/24/21 mpg||Road & Track|
|Touring Coupe||3.5L V6||RWD||6M||5.7 sec||14.3 sec @ 100 mph||18/24/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Nissan 350z
The Nissan 350z is the perfect sports car with compact design and size, seating capacity for two, rear-wheel drive, and muscular engine, and all these at a pretty affordable price. Released in 2003, the car came as the fifth generation of the ‘Z’ cars.
The 350z was Nissan’s re-entry into the sports car category after the discontinuation of the previous model, the 300zx. When Toyota and Mazda left the industry by halting the production of Supra and RX-7, Nissan stepped in and filled the gap that was greatly demanded by the car enthusiasts.
The coupe version of 350z was manufactured till 2008, and the roadster version till 2009. The car was then replaced by its successor, the Nissan 370z, which offers a slightly larger and more powerful engine, as well as the re-designed interior and exterior which makes the car look more aggressive and futuristic.
Performance of the Nissan 350z
The 350z runs with 287 horsepower, and 274 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices were either 6-speed manual or five speed automatic, with both cars having otherwise similar rear-wheel drive power trains. However, the version of 350z released in 2005 as the 35th anniversary release of Nissan had a slightly higher tuned engine that produced around 300 horsepower.
Speed improvements, small styling updates, even more standard and enriched features such as steering sensitivity, and a host of other features all made up the newer versions of the 350z. Ultimately Nissan improved the engine power to 306 horsepower.
But the performance lowered a bit in the latest car, where styling was given more importance. The Grand Touring Trim and the Touring Trim version of the car both contain the Brembo wheels and brakes.
To improve the dynamics of the car, Nissan changed quite a few things and many features were minimized or even sacrificed for speed enhancements. The chassis was made stiffer and the seams in it were welded, shock absorbers and firm springs were added, and all these modifications were done to increase the car’s handling performance.
What’s Inside the Car
Inside the car, the seats contains red and black colored cloth covers, a number plaque mentioning its order of production, and a grey colored tachometer.
The V6 accelerated quite well when it was revved above 3000 rpm. The sound generated while it’s revving is quite impressive. The car needs experienced hands to control its power, so it’s not an easy animal to tame in its pure form. But what car enthusiasts love about it, is the excellent grip that it offers at the corners.
The car does not give a smooth ride when driven on the rough roads. It renders quite a bit of shocks to its riders, and is not impressive at all at eliminating road and tire noise inside the car.
The luggage storage space is not large considering the price of the car, and the rear has little space. This makes the Nissan 350z a not-so-ideal everyday car, yet it’s a decent sports companion for the weekend joy ride.
The Nissan 350z got quite a lot of improvements over the years from 2003 to 2008, and in the process the optional side airbags and the stability control system came about to add to the passenger’s safety.
Over the years, the manufacturer decided to improve the 350z with the latest model of Nissan, the 370z. This model contains all the finest features of the 350z with some more tweaks and polishes to make it a smoother ride. However, old car enthusiasts would like to ponder over the success of the 350z in the 2005 era, and may like to buy one for some occasional fun.
For more information about Nissan 350z, visit the official Nissan website.
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