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Nissan 350Z

(2003 - 2008)  Rating

Nissan 350Z

Plenty of grunt from 283 hp V6 and it sounds as good as it looks

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
3.5 V6 24V 283 hp 11.4 l/100km Petrol 5.9 s 250 km/h

Body type Coupe
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 2
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 310 mm
Width 1 815 mm
Height 1 320 mm
Wheelbase 2 650 mm
Ground clearance 125 mm
Weight (normal) 1 545 kg
Weight (max) 1 820 kg
Boot space (min) 235 l
Boot space (max) 235 l
Fuel capacity 70 l


   The Nissan 350Z was produced between 2003 and 2008. It was available as a coupe or convertible.

   The 350Z is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which was later fitted on the Nissan Murano SUV. It is worth mentioning that this unit received engine of the year award. It delivers over 280 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 in under 6 seconds. This unit has an astonishing low- and mid-range pull. The 350Z comes with a manual gearbox.

   Despite it's rear wheel drive the Nissan is not as fast on the sharp turns as some of it's rivals. The ride is also rather firm. On the good side there is a well-weighted steering, that gives plenty of feedback to the driver.

   Cars sports character is highlighted by exhaust roar, however plenty of road noise protrudes inside the cabin at the motorway speed.

   The Nissan 350Z is well priced for a 300 hp sports car. Unfortunately it's running costs are high, as the engine struggles to use less than 11 l/100km of petrol on average. Limited production numbers of the 350Z keep it's resale value high. Furthermore Nissan is known for producing very reliable cars, so it's mechanics shouldn't let you down.

   Nissan made it's best to make the interior of the 350Z on the same level as the Audi TT. Consequently interior assembly quality is perfect but some material quality could be better. Nevertheless it is still stylish and very appealing.

   Inside the cabin there is plenty of space for both occupants, unfortunately it is strictly a two-seater, where it's rivals offer space for four. The rear suspension intrusions also restricted boot space.

   The Nissan 350Z comes with an anti-lock brakes and stability control system as standard. It is also fitted with twin front, side and curtain airbags. On the security list there are deadlocks and alarm.

   Even on the entry-level 350Z trim most things are standard. It comes with climate control, electric front windows and a CD changer. Optional GT pack adds leather upholstery, cruise control and better stereo system.


   Advantages: Strong engine and stylish and appealing interior.

   Disadvantages: Strictly a two seater; poor noise isolation.

   Verdict: Works brilliantly as coupe or convertible.

   Also consider: Audi TT, Mazda RX-8.

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