NISSAN 350Z Roadster
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The model released in 2008 was one of the best performance cars on the market at the time.
The 350Z was available as a coupe or a convertible and was the less expensive version of the well known Skyline.
The trim levels available included the base model, Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring and Nismo. The Nismo and the base version were specific to the coupe only.
The base level came with 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, automatic climate control, full power accessories and steering wheel controls.
The Touring model added a better Bose sounds system, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats and leather upholstery.
The Nismo was a limited-edition that compromised comfort in the favour of a stiffer suspension, a more precise steering and other aerodynamic upgrades. The Nismo was easily recognisable as the wheels had a darker finish than the ones on the other trim levels available.
A navigation system was available as a standalone option.
The 350Z came with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produced 306 hp, mated with a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission.
The automatic transmission was not available for the Base and the Nismo models.
Safety wise, the 350Z featured standard antilock disc brakes and traction control. The stability control was available with the Grand Touring trim.
The 350z coupe scored 5 stars in the government crash test.
Just like the original Datsun 240Z, the Nissan 350Z was fast and fun, pretty much like a pure sports car, offered with an affordable price.
Designed as an every day sports car, the Nissan 350Z offered a firm ride, had an abrupt throttle response and still featured a useful cargo space.
Both the coupe and the convertible got important updates for 2005, such as new features and revised transmissions.
The sporty 350Z was fitted with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that developed 287 and all model featured the same sports suspension.
Other features included a 6-speed manual gearbox, a drive-by wire throttle, vented discs, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, as well as as automatic climate control and a premium stereo system.
The Nissan 350Z was available in no less than 5 trim levels: base, Enthusiast, Performance, Touring and Track.
In the base version, the roadster featured 17-inch alloys, dual stage, air bags, automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, power side mirrors, a leather steering wheel, cloth upholstery and a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Enthusiast trim level added xenon headlamps, cruise control, traction control, aluminum pedals, an optional 5-speed automatic transmission and a 4-way power driver’s seat. This trim level was among the top choices of the customers.
The Performance model only added a few features and was only available with a manual gearbox, while the Touring version added leather upholstery, heated seats, heated exterior mirrors and a premium sound system, however, it dropped the aluminum pedals and the Vehicle Dynamic Control. The Touring model paired with the 6-speed manual added 18-inch alloys and the aluminum pedals.
The top-of-the-range, the Track model came with improved performance and added vented Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloys, front and rear spoilers, cloth upholstery, xenon headlights, a tire-pressure monitor, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, HomeLink and the aluminum pedals.