Nissan 350z 2005

Nissan 350z 2005 DEFAULT

From the April 2005 issue of Car and Driver.

Sadly, such cars as Nissan's estimable 350Z suffer from the flavor-of-the-month syndrome. Because the Z-car lives in a specialized novelty niche in the marketplace, it's prone to being displaced by the next hot new sporty coupe to come along. Somewhere in the sports-car netherworld is a collection of shirts lost in similar ventures.

Thus, to maintain a vehicle's sporty allure, you have to keep updating it in some meaningful way. That's exactly what Nissan has been doing by creating submodels of the basic 350Z concept. The Performance, Enthusiast, Touring, Track, and roadster models all cater to subniches within the realm of wannabe Z-car owners. And now—not entirely to the surprise of industry analysts—comes the 35th Anniversary Edition.

It is top dog among Z-cars, with more power, more equipment, brighter colors, and a heftier price. At $36,660, it's quite a stretch from the entry-level 350Z, which is just $27,060 out the door. That's nearly 10 grand more for essentially the same car, but the anniversary model does have some compelling reasons for a buyer to drag out the extra dough. One is the 300-hp engine found only in the anniversary and 2005 Track models. That's a healthy bump up from the base 350Z's 287 horsepower, even if it is accompanied by a reduction in peak torque—14 pound-feet—to 260.

Big deal. The 3.5-liter VQ V-6 has always had so much grunt that drivers of manual versions often burn the clutches by overslipping them when pulling away. There's still so much torque available in the anniversary car that sixth gear is ample for most highway passing maneuvers. Everyday driving can be accomplished using the venerable old-fart technique of shifting from first to third to fifth. And with that in mind, we'll happily trade a little torque for some extra horsepower and the extended rev range that comes with it. (This tach redlines at 7000 rpm instead of the 6600 rpm of the base model.)

The power increase was achieved through changes to the camshaft profiles, adoption of stronger valve springs as well as variable exhaust-valve timing, and installation of upgraded pistons, rods, and crank pulley. It doesn't sound like much, but the extra 400 rpm gives you a longer stretch in gears on tight and twisty roads and makes short tracks a bit easier to negotiate.

Ironically, the extra power and range didn't do much at the test track--producing a slower 0-to-60-mph time, 5.8 seconds, than that of our last 350Z Touring (5.7). Nor was the quarter-mile time shorter, just equaling the Touring's at 14.3 seconds, but this had a lot to do with the state of the desert test facilities after big winter storms. Grip was in short supply.

If you opt for an automatic transmission, you'll get neither the extra power nor the extended rev range, but you will get a matched-rev downshift program when utilizing the manumatic mode that is now included on all 2005 350Zs. It makes performance driving more enjoyable.

Naturally, you'll want to let everyone know your 350Z is a special edition, so the anniversary car wears some cool kit.

Our car was resplendent in Ultra Yellow, and those capital letters don't begin to emphasize just how yellow this paint is. Think tiny dab of French's mustard in a vat of Ferrari "Fly Yellow," and you're just about there. The anniversary model also comes in Silverstone and Super Black, which are bound to be eye-catching.

Unique 18-inch alloy wheels of an exceedingly pleasing design adorn the fender wells of this car, and through them you can clearly see the big Brembo calipers and rotors that share space with them. There's a unique chin spoiler, but if it's any different from the usual 350Z fare, it was too subtle for our Ultra Yellow-blinded eyes to detect. However, after donning Ray-Bans, we did notice the exclusive badging just ahead of the doors.

Like all 2005 350Zs, the 35th Anniversary Edition (we wish the name were shorter) features a tire-pressure-monitoring system, heated wider-view side mirrors, and a seat-cushion height adjustment. The optional navigation system now has a faster processor for 2005. You can also get a trick two-tone black-and-tan leather seat, but not with the Ultra Yellow paint. Show some restraint, you shameless extrovert. Even in a 300-hp, bright-yellow chick magnet you need to leave something to the imagination.

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS

2005 Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary Edition

VEHICLE TYPE 
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 3-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED 
$37,160 (base price: $36,660)

ENGINE TYPE 
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement:
213 in3, 3498 cm3
Power (SAE net):
300 bhp @ 6400 rpm
Torque (SAE net):
260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

TRANSMISSION 
6-speed manual

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length: 169.4 in
Width: 71.5 in
Height: 51.9 in
Curb weight: 3360 lb

PERFORMANCE
Zero to 60 mph: 5.8 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 14.3 sec @ 101 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 167 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88 g

FUEL ECONOMY
EPA fuel economy, city driving: 20 mpg
C/D observed fuel economy: 22 mpg

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The 35th Anniversary Z®, available along with the 2005 350Z Track model, will offer some unique features, including enhanced horsepower from the standard Z’s 3.5-liter DOHC V6.

All 2005 350Z models receive a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), heated outside mirrors, wider view side mirrors and front seat lifter. Automatic transmission equipped models are now outfitted with downshift rev matching for smoother shifting, and manual transmission models now come with reduced clutch pedal effort for easier operation. The optional navigation system now has a faster system processor.

A new Ultra Yellow exterior color, which utilizes a new high-luminance and high-chroma pearl pigment and three layers of top coat (with separate color pigment and pearl pigment layers) to create an almost “liquid” surface appearance, is also available for 2005.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Z®

The 350Z takes its cues from the first generation 240Z – a front engine/rear-wheel drive drivetrain configuration, two-seat interior, a powerful 6-cylinder engine and, of course, a simple and honest design. The Nissan 350Z Coupe, like the original, features a true hatchback body.

While inheriting the “Z®-ness” passed on through successive generations, this Z® embodies many sports car features, all of which have been executed to exceptionally high quality.

Design cues passed on from the first-generation Z® include the long nose and short deck styling, triangular cabin form and the lines extending from the arch-shaped roof to the hatchback opening. To that heritage, a newness has been added to contrast the soft, warm body shape with the geometrical forms of the headlamps and other parts.

Fitting of its sports performance essence, the Z®’s design is anchored by very aggressive wheel forms pushed all the way out to the corners. Like a race car, the body’s center of gravity is placed in the middle and the tires are positioned as far as possible at the four corners to emphasize the car’s nimble agility.

Sporty Two-Seater with Functional Interior

The instrument panel features three gauge pods, similar in design to the 240Z, consisting of the drive computer, oil pressure gauge and voltmeter as well as modern touches such as an available navigation system with video display. The door vents and center console have a solid, chiseled-from-a-block-of-aluminum look.

The hatchback design is accentuated by functional storage space. Though the 350Z has been executed as a sports car, thorough attention has also been paid to storage capacity, with sufficient luggage space for carrying two golf bags behind the seats, a lockable luggage box capable of storing a briefcase and other storage places. Another interior feature is an integrated aluminum rear suspension strut tower brace. The brace is finished to match the rest of the rear compartment and carries a Z® logo, which is visible from outside the vehicle. In addition, the use of aluminum for the instrument finishers, door handles and other places enhances the high-quality look of the interior.


Performance That Delivers

The 3.5-liter VQ35DE V6 engine produces 287 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque, power range that comes as a result of the intake port design and adopting Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) technology. This enables the engine to deliver not only outstanding start-off acceleration and high-speed passing performance, but also torque characteristics suitable for city driving. Drivability has been further improved by adopting an electronically controlled throttle, and the use of a highly rigid cylinder block combines with other measures to produce engine sounds worthy of a sports car.

Suspension for the rear-wheel drive vehicle is a 4-wheel independent design. Both 6-speed close-ratio manual and 5-speed automatic transmissions are available.

Models and Packages

The 2005 350Z Coupe is available in six models – 350Z, Enthusiast, Performance, Touring, Track MT and the 35th Anniversary. Standard features on all models include the 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine, independent multi-link suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars, strut tower bar, power windows, 3-bay gauge cluster, dual front air bags and more.

The Enthusiast model adds xenon headlamps, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, cruise control, Traction Control System (TCS), Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD), aluminum pedals and auto dimming rearview mirror.

The Performance model includes all of the Enthusiast equipment plus Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and 18-inch tires with aluminum wheels. The Touring model adds a Bose® audio system with 6CD, cassette with seven speakers, leather seats with 4-way power driver’s seat and heated seats. The Touring 6MT adds a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, Vehicle Dynamic Control and 18-inch wheels and tires.

The 2005 350Z Track comes with a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission, front and rear spoiler, forged aluminum wheels and Brembo® brakes. Two options are available, a DVD-based navigation system (Touring and 35th Anniversary models only); and side and curtain side-impact supplemental air bags.

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Nissan 350Z

Japanese sports car

Motor vehicle

Nissan 350Z (Z33)
2004 Nissan 350Z 3.5 Front.jpg
ManufacturerNissan
Also called
Production
  • 2002–2008 (Coupe)
  • 2003–2008 (Roadster)
Assembly
DesignerAjay Panchal (2000), Diane Allen, Mamoru Aoki,
ClassSports car (S)
Body style
LayoutFront mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
PlatformNissan FM platform
Related
Engine
  • 3.5 L VQ35DEV6 (2003 & 2004)
  • 3.5 L VQ35DE V6 (2005 (35th Anv & Track) & 2006)
  • 3.5 L VQ35HR V6 (2007–2009)
Transmission
Wheelbase2,649 mm (104.3 in)
Length
  • 4,303 mm (169.4 in) (2003–2005)
  • 4,314 mm (169.8 in) (2006–2008)
Width1,816 mm (71.5 in)
Height
  • 1,318 mm (51.9 in) (2003–2005 Hatch)
  • 1,328 mm (52.3 in) (2003–2005 Roadster)
  • 1,324 mm (52.1 in) (2006–2008 Hatch)
  • 1,334 mm (52.5 in) (2006–2008 Roadster)
Curb weight3,188–3,602 lb (1,446–1,634 kg)
PredecessorNissan 300ZX (Z32)
SuccessorNissan 370Z (Z34)

Main article: Nissan Z-car

The Nissan 350Z (known as Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33) in Japan) is a two-door, two-seater sports car that was manufactured by Nissan Motor Corporation from 2002 to 2009 and marks the fifth generation of Nissan's Z-car line. The 350Z entered production in 2002 and was sold and marketed as a 2003 model from August 2002. The first year there was only a coupe, as the roadster did not debut until the following year. Initially, the coupe came in Base, Enthusiast, Performance, Touring and Track versions, while the Roadster was limited to Enthusiast and Touring trim levels. The Track trim came with lightweight wheels and Brembo brakes, but its suspension tuning was the same as all other coupes. The Nissan 350Z was succeeded by the 370Z for the 2009 model year.

Background[edit]

After the Nissan 300ZX was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1996, Nissan initially tried to keep the Z name alive by re-creating the 240Z the following year. The car was conceived by Nissan's North American design team in their free time, and the concept was introduced in a four state Road Show in July 1998 to various car media, dealers, and employees. Yutaka Katayama, regarded as the "Father of the Z" unveiled the Z concept sketch to the public when he received a motor industry award. The design, representing a modern vision of the 240Z, did not please the original 240Z designer Yoshihiko Matsuo, who compared it to the Bluebird and Leopard.[1][2]

The 240Z concept was produced for the Detroit Motor Show during the following August and September. Nissan was unhappy with the first design as they felt the original 200 bhp (149 kW; 203 PS) 2.4 L KA24DE engine that was going to be assigned made the car feel underpowered, they also felt the car was considered too "retro" or too "backward" resembling a futuristic 240Z; hence, a redesign was commissioned. During a press conference in February 2000, president Carlos Ghosn announced plans to produce the car as he felt the new model would help to assist the company's recovery.[1]

The Z Concept was unveiled in Detroit Motor Show two years later, which was similar in body shape but with a new front end. The car then underwent a minor redesign and was eventually assigned the 3.5 L VQ35DEengine, hence becoming known as the 350Z.[1]

Concept Models[edit]

240Z concept (1999)[edit]

The 240Z Concept displayed in the same "Lemans Sunset" color seen on the 350Z

Nissan unveiled the 240Z concept car at the 1999 North American International Auto Show, then later at the Los Angeles Auto Expo. The concept was based primarily on a design sketch by Manny Baker of Nissan's California design studio. In a reference to the original, it was a bright orange two-seater with swept-back styling. It was fully functional car with its 2.4 L 4-cylinder KA24DE engine from the Nissan Altima producing 200 bhp (149 kW) and 180 lb⋅ft (244 N⋅m) of torque, and not the Z-car's traditional 6-cylinder engine. It was thought a less than worthy successor to the line.[3][4] The designers used an original 240Z to provide inspiration and the concept was created in only 12 weeks. Automotive critics described "it would be cool but get a new model."[5] This design served the intended purpose of creating interest, in the public and the corporation, for a new Z car.

Design and layout[edit]

The 350Z is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-door, two-seat sports car designed by Ajay Panchal of Nissan Design America in San Diego, California in 2000.[6] This program was inspired by the successful reception to the 1998 240Z concept model.

The vehicle has the long-hood short-deck design common to the Z-Car family. External design highlights include: sloping fastback style arched roof line, unique brushed aluminum door handles, high waistline, and bulging fenders that are pushed out to the corners of the vehicle.

The Interior design has brushed aluminum accents. The main gauge pod is mounted directly to the steering column allowing its movement to coincide with steering wheel adjustments. Additional gauges are mounted in a center triple gauge cluster (similar to the 240Z/260Z/280Z). Touring models are equipped with the Bose sound system get a six CD changer and 8-inch Bose subwoofer mounted behind the driver's seat. The 350Z's interior does not have a conventional glove box, but has storage compartments located behind and between the two seats.

Models[edit]

Coupe (pre-facelift)

Roadster (pre-facelift)

Second facelift Nissan 350Z (US)

Released on July 2002 in Japan at reorganized Nissan Japanese dealerships called Nissan Blue Stage, and August 20, 2002 in the U.S., the 350Z coupé was available in 5 trim packages: '350Z' (Base), 'Enthusiast', 'Performance', 'Touring', and 'Track' editions. In Europe, only the 'Track' trim was available, although it was badged and marketed as '350Z'. The Base model did not include a VLSD or Traction Control and was only available with cloth seats. It did not include cruise control, nor power or heated seats. The Enthusiast model came with traction control, a VLSD, and cruise control. The Performance model came with larger 18-inch wheels, front air dam, rear spoiler, optional Brembo brakes, and VDC instead of Traction Control. Touring was made more of the luxury model. It had power, leather, heated seats, VDC, a VLSD, xenon headlamps, optional Brembo brakes, 18-inch wheels, and optional GPS Navigation. The Track model included Brembo brakes, front air dam, rear spoiler, traction control, cloth seats, 18-inch wheels, VLSD, and optional GPS Navigation.

In 2004 Nissan introduced the 350Z Roadster with an electrically retractable soft-top roof. In the U.S. market the car was available in two trim packages (Enthusiast and Touring), while in Europe, the same versions as the coupé were offered. Nissan added the Grand Touring (GT) trim to the Roadster trim packages for 2005.[citation needed]

In 2005 Nissan launched the 35th Anniversary edition, with a revised exterior and interior (see Special Editions below). Early 2005 model-year 35th anniversary edition models were equipped with the original VQ35DE engine with 287HP/274TQ and an automatic transmission. In January 2005, Nissan introduced the 35th Anniversary 6-speed manual models and Track models (mid-year introduction), which included the updated VQ35DE 300HP/260TQ 'Rev-up' engine and new updated CD009 manual transmission as well as minor changes to suspension tuning and parts.[7]

For the 2006 model year, the 350Z received changes for its mid-cycle facelift. The VQ35DE 300HP/260TQ 'Rev-up' engine that was introduced mid-year 2005 on the Track and 35th Anniversary Edition with 6-speed manual transmission models was offered for every trim level that had a manual transmission option. The VQ35DE rated at 287 bhp (291 PS; 214 kW) and 274 lb⋅ft (371 N⋅m) of torque continued to be offered with only the 5-speed automatic transmission. Additions included bi-xenon projectors, a revised front fascia, new LED rear lights, changes to the interior trim and speed sensitive steering. Trim levels above the basic enthusiast package received a brake system upgrade including a larger brake booster, front dual piston calipers and larger diameter brake disks. Touring and Grand Touring models had radio-steering controls standard, MP3 CD compatibility, and Satellite Radio became an available option.

For the 2007 model year, the 350Z was again moderately revised. The VQ35DE V6 was replaced with a new VQ35HR V6. It produced 306 bhp (310 PS; 228 kW) at 6800 rpm with 268 lb⋅ft (363 N⋅m) of torque at 4800 rpm[8] using the revised SAE certified power benchmark. The VQ35HR had a raised redline to 7500 rpm and more torque across the rpm range. The hood was redesigned with a bulge reminiscent of the original 240Z to accommodate the raised deck height of the new VQ35HR. In the U.S., trim levels were narrowed down to 350Z (base), Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring and NISMO, while in Europe the same trim levels remained. Bluetooth was added for the 2007 model year.

Special Editions[edit]

Fairlady Z Type E (2004)[edit]

A total of 5 units, called the Type E, were produced in Japan for homologation requirements to compete in the Super GT series. It has a longer nose and rear overhang, as well as several add-ons for aerodynamic purposes. The Type-E engine is rated at 206 kW (276 hp; 280 PS) at 6,200 rpm and 363 N⋅m (268 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,800 rpm.[9]

350Z 35th Anniversary Edition (2005)[edit]

Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary Edition

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the debut of the Datsun 240Z, Nissan released a tuned version of the 350Z coupé. The 35th Anniversary Z was exhibited at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas on November 2, followed by the Miami Auto Show in early November. It went on sale in January 2005.

The 35th Anniversary Edition includes an updated VQ35DE 300 hp (224.99 kW) V6 engine for the six-speed manual transmission model. Other equipment (standard on six-speed manual-equipped versions) includes 18-inch (460 mm) cast aluminium-alloy wheels, front spoilers, Brembo brakes and special Z badging. The car was available in a special "Ultra Yellow" and "Pearl Blue" colours. The interior was also available with a black set configuration. Also included was a Bose 6-speaker premium sound system.[10] A version of the 35th Anniversary Edition with a Gran Turismo 4 video game tie-in was also made.[11]

350Z GT-S Concept[edit]

During the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) unveiled the 350Z GT-S Concept [12] The GT-S had a unique radial flow supercharger that could be turned on or off via a switch on the dashboard, raising the VQ35DE engine output to 382.6 bhp (285.3 kW; 387.9 PS) and 424.8 N⋅m (313.3 lb⋅ft) without modifications to the engine components. The car also had new body kit for more cooling and downforce and wider 245 and 265/40/18 tires. The car was tested by automotive journalists, but none were marketed.[13]

2008 Tokyo Auto Salon concepts (2008)[edit]

The Nissan Fairlady Z Type F, XANAVI NISMO Z (SUPER GT 2007 GT500 Class), ENDLESS ADVAN Z (series winner of the Japan's SUPER TAIKYU 2007 endurance series) and Fairlady Z Version NISMO Type 380RS were all unveiled at the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon.[14]

Fairlady Z Type F (2008-)[edit]

The Fairlady Z Type F is a version of the Nissan Fairlady Z coupe and roadster for the Japanese market with:

  • Choice of 6 body colours (Premium Blaze red (3 coat colour), Premium Sunshine yellow (3 coat pearl), Premium Mystic maroon (Multiflex colour), Blade silver metallic, Diamond black pearl, White pearl (3 coat pearl))
  • Exclusive red heated leather seats, red leather wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, parking brake lever, door trim and arm rest stage, aluminum door kickplates, RAYS forged aluminum wheels, power seats (slide, reclining), BOSE audio system, Brembo Brakes, . Buyers with Premium blaze red, Premium sunshine yellow, Premium mystic maroon colour models (100 units each) before 2008-03-31 also received Fairlady Z original key holders.

The vehicles went on sale in 2008-01-10.[15]

NISMO Editions[edit]

Nissan's performance tuning division, NISMO, began producing modified versions of the 350Z shortly after its introduction.[citation needed]

NISMO R-Tune (2004)[edit]

The R-Tune was a kit sold directly to customers with modifications including new headers, cams, pulleys. The R-Tune voids the Nissan factory warranty,[citation needed] but gains significant horsepower, intended for track racers.

NISMO S-Tune GT (2005)[edit]

The S-Tune GT was released by NISMO to celebrate its success in the Super GT series. The S-Tune GT had revised long nose bodywork as in the Type-E, a modified version of the VQ35DE engine called the S1 which featured more power (300 PS / 221 kW / 296 hp) and a higher redline (7,200 rpm), as well as a sportier NISMO suspension.

20 were produced each month in Japan. Although Nissan did not officially sell S-Tune in UK, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. imported 1 S-Tune GT to UK[16]

NISMO 350Z (2007–2008)[edit]

The NISMO edition of the Nissan 350Z Coupé debuted at the New York International Auto Show on April 4, 2007. This version had the same engine as the regular 350Z (VQ35HR), but was only available with a 6-speed manual transmission and a Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD), Traction Control System (TCS) and a NISMO aerodynamics package based on the Super GT championship car, which included an aggressive front fascia with chin spoiler, side skirts, an extended rear fascia with an underbody diffuser and a rear wing. The vehicle also featured NISMO-tuned independent multi-link suspension developed by Yamaha, Brembo brakes with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers (with 12.8-inch (330 mm) front and 12.7-inch (320 mm) rear rotors) and NISMO-branded gunmetal grey RAYS forged alloy wheels and a NISMO-branded tuned exhaust. Yamaha also included front and rear dampeners to help with stability of the chassis.

The conversion process for the Nismo 350Z began with a limited number of chassis being pulled from the assembly line to be sent to Nissan-tuner Autech to have structural seams hand-welded for greater body rigidity. This process made the Nismo 350Z a more capable track car than the other trim levels available at the time.

The NISMO 350Z went on sale in the USA in July 2007 at Nissan dealers.[17][18] 1607 were produced for the 2007 and 2008 model years, and it was assumed that if there was a greater demand, more would be produced, limited to 10% of all 350Z sales. The NISMO model 350Z had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $38,070 for the 2007 model year.

NISMO Type 380RS (2007)[edit]

Released as the road version for Japanese market of the Type 380RS-Competition race car, the Type 380RS includes a detuned version of the 380RS-C race engine, rated at 257 kW (350 PS/348 hp) at 7200 rpm and 397 N·m (40.5 kgf·m/293 lbf·ft) of torque at 4,800 rpm. Brembo disc brakes are fitted, Front and rear dampers from Yamaha and forged RAYS alloy wheels.

NISMO Type 380RS is priced 5.397 million (5.14 million+tax) yen ($38695 USD).[19] Only 300 units were produced from 2007 through to 2008.[20]

NISMO Type 380RS-Competition[edit]

The NISMO Type 380RS-Competition is the race car on which NISMO Type 380RS is based. The 3,798 cc engine (VQ38HR) is rated at 294 kW (400 PS) at 7500 rpm and 421 N m (43 kgf m) of torque at 5,200 rpm. This in turn is based on the GT 500 race car that Nissan enters into the Super GT championship.

According to Nissan, the race car cost 26.25 million yen.[21]

Police version[edit]

A NISMO version of the 350Z was also used by the Tochigi Prefecture police force.[22][23]

Motorsport[edit]

An SCCAGT-2 prepped Nissan 350Z.

Grand Am[edit]

Since its introduction in 2002, it did not take long for drivers and teams to enter a 350Z for competition when B.J. Zacharias and Michiel Schuitemaker of Schuitemaker Motorsports helped the car to make its début in the Grand-Am Cup Series at the start of the 2003 season. They have taken a few podium finishes with Unitech Racing who is also the other team to field a Z33, but effort was proved to be successful under the name of Geddings Racing scoring wins along with the other current Grand-Am entrant East Competition Promotorsport. The Grand-Am Cup car has also been used in the new FIA GT4 European Cup. Schumacher Motorsports with drivers Michael Schumacher and BJ Zacharias won 3rd place in the '03 Grand-Am Cup season. The following year, they improved and finished in 2nd place. After winning 3rd overall in the '03 season, Nissan had Wright Tuning build a new 350Z race car for the '04 season. This car differed from the '03 car in that it was completely stripped and seam welded. The cage was lighter and stiffer by using different diameter tubing where possible. The car used a Menard's built engine with a Pectel engine management system. Overall racing weight was 2,450 lb (1,110 kg) which was the minimum allowable weight for its class. The '04 chassis proved to be the most successful chassis to run in Grand-Am to date. The '03 chassis was sold to a French team with Edouardo Atkatlan as the driver. It still competes in the European "Fun Races" today, winning 2nd place in the inaugural '07 race in Madrid, Spain.

JGTC/Super GT[edit]

The 350Z replaced the Skyline GT-R as the car for Nissan's factory and customer teams in the Super GT's GT 500 class. The cars used are heavily modified and had a longer nose and tail (requiring the production of the Type-E homologation special), carbon fiber bodywork, and a tube chassis. In 2004, NISMO won the GT500 championship. Until the 2007 season, the car was powered by a VQ30DETT V6, then a new 4.5L V8 powerplant was developed. The 350Z, with slightly more pedestrian modifications also competed in the GT300 class, having started there even before the Skyline GT-Rs were replaced, by teams such as Endless Sports and Mola. In 2003 Hasemi Sports won the GT300 championship with the 350Z. In the 2008 season, the 350Zs were all replaced by Nissan GT-Rs in the GT500 class, but they continued to be used in the GT300 class as the GT-Rs exceed the class's horsepower limits. Two 350Zs competed in the series and MOLA won the both Drivers' and Teams' championships in the GT300 class.

Super Taikyu[edit]

The Z33 also appears in the Japan's Super Taikyu series, entered by C-West Labs.[24]

British GT Championship[edit]

The British GT Championship also fielded a privateer 350Z which competed in the series until 2006.[citation needed]

SCCA[edit]

The 350Z is a popular choice for amateurs and professionals competing in SCCA events. T.C Kline achieved third place in the 2003 Touring 2 category in one of three Z33s that qualified to the SCCA T-2 runoffs that year. In the SCCA GT2 class, Jim Goughary took the title in the car's debut season.

The car has also seen success in SCCA solo events. In 2006, Carter Thompson's 350Z lost the SCCA National Championship by 0.1 second over two days of competition. The 350Z has achieved a high level of success at the National Solo Championships since 2006. Although production of the 350Z was discontinued in 2009, the car continues to compete in local and national SCCA events. As recently as 2015, 350Z solo drivers Jeff Stuart and Bryan Heitkotter were rated as the top two SCCA drivers competing in national autocross.

NASA[edit]

In 2012, NASA [1] (National Auto Sport Association), created a class of racing specifically for the 350Z. The "Spec Z" class includes all trim levels of the popular 2003-2008 Nissan 350Z in a single class focused on close competition, parity and cost containment that will showcase driving ability and car setup skills. The road racing series is backed by Nissan Motorsports and BFG Tires. The 2012 class rules were in their infant stage, but solidified by mid-2012.

Drifting[edit]

The 350Z is a popular platform for import events and drifting, where in the latter, drivers including Ryuji Miki, Youichi Imamura, Tyler McQuarrie and Tanner Foust have used them with success in the D1 Grand Prix and Formula D series.[25] During the 2006 D1 Grand Prix exhibition event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Tanner Foust, driving a 350Z, became the first competitor to achieve a perfect score of 100.[26] Two Z33s competed in the non-Japanese domestic D1 Grand Prix spin-off series, D1 Great Britain. In the 2007 season, both SVA Imports and Sumo Power competed using 350Zs in the European Drift Championship. In Formula D, Foust was awarded the runner-up spot in Round 1.[27] In Round 2, Chris Forsberg scored a maiden victory[27] in his 350Z Roadster equipped with a VK56DE from a Nissan Titan.[28] Forsberg's win for the 350Z was followed-up by Youichi Imamura's win during the Las Vegas round of the US D1 Grand Prix series in his RB26DETT-engined car. Foust would eventually take his 350Z to the Formula D title.[29]

Open Road racing[edit]

Option magazine founder Daijiro Inada used an extensively modified 350Z, dubbed Option Stream Z, to compete in the Silver State Classic Challenge.[30] The car was equipped with a GReddy/Trust T88 turbo-charger and was stroked to 3.8 L to produce over 900 bhp (671 kW; 912 PS). The Option Stream Z appeared in the games Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo 5, and Gran Turismo (PSP).[citation needed]

Speed trials[edit]

In 2004, the tuner Dandy and magazine Option entered a Z33 known as the "Option Dandy 380Z" with a donor engine from a salvaged Stream Z with a deleted turbo, producing 370 bhp (276 kW; 375 PS), to compete in the F/GT class for naturally aspirated grand touring sport cars at the Bonneville Speed Week. The car reached a speed of 151 mph (243 km/h), measured over a fixed distance.[31]

Advertising and promotions[edit]

To promote the 350Z, Nissan released a short film, "The Run", with a 2003 model being driven in a high-speed run through city streets of up to 200 km/h (124 mph). This took place through the narrow cobblestone streets of Prague in the Czech Republic, and lasted six and a half minutes.[32][33]

The 350Z has been extremely popular with diecast manufacturers, with companies such as Hot Wheels releasing various colors and styles of the car over the years.[34]

The 350Z benefitted in popularity by making an appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, where it was fitted with a Veilside bodykit, amongst other modifications, and was driven by the fictional character "Drift King" Takahashi.[35]

Specifications[edit]

2003-04 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Available Trims 350Z (base), Enthusiast, Performance, Touring, Track 350Z (base), Enthusiast, Performance, Touring, Track, Anniversary 350Z (base), Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring, Track Coupé: Base, Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring, NISMO
Roadster: Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring
Roadster: Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring
Powertrain
Engine VQ35DE 3.5 L (210 cu in) V6
287 hp (214 kW; 291 PS) at 6,200 rpm
274 lb⋅ft (371 N⋅m) at 4,800 rpm
VQ35DE 3.5 L (210 cu in) V6
287 hp (214 kW; 291 PS) at 6,200 rpm
274 lb⋅ft (371 N⋅m) at 4,800 rpm
VQ35DE 3.5 L (210 cu in) V6
300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS) at 6,400 rpm
260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) at 4,800 rpm
VQ35DE 3.5 L (210 cu in) V6
300 hp (224 kW; 304 PS) at 6,400 rpm
260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) at 4,800 rpm
VQ35HR 3.5 L (210 cu in) V6
306 hp (228 kW; 310 PS) at 6,800 rpm
268 lb⋅ft (363 N⋅m) at 4,800 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Curb Weight Coupé:
3,188 lb (1,446 kg) (Base)
3,197 lb (1,450 kg) (Enth)
3,217 lb (1,459 kg) (Perf)
3,247 lb (1,473 kg) (Tour)
3,225 lb (1,463 kg) (Track)
Roadster:
3,428 lb (1,555 kg) (Enth)
3,462 lb (1,570 kg) (Tour)
Coupé:
3,339 lb (1,515 kg) (Base)
3,346 lb (1,518 kg) (Enth)
3,400 lb (1,542 kg) (Tour)
3,404 lb (1,544 kg) (Grand)
3,353 lb (1,521 kg) (NISMO)
Roadster:
3,580 lb (1,624 kg) (Enth)
3,600 lb (1,633 kg) (Tour)
3,602 lb (1,634 kg) (Grand)
Roadster:
3,580 lb (1,624 kg) (Enth)
3,600 lb (1,633 kg) (Tour)
3,602 lb (1,634 kg) (Grand)
Wheelbase 104.3 in (2,650 mm)
Length 169.8 in (4,310 mm)
Width 71.5 in (1,820 mm)
Height 52.1 in (1,320 mm)

Sales by calendar year[edit]

YearU.S. Sales[36]Europe[37]
200213,2533
200336,7282187
200430,6906959
200527,2785598
200624,6353955
200718,9572493
200810,3371411
20090424

Reception[edit]

The 350Z has been given extensive coverage in the automotive press, and has obtained generally positive reviews. Eddie Alterman, senior editor of Automobile magazine, said of the 350Z "An outstanding performance value. They got all the important stuff right."[38] While David Swigg of Motor Trend said "With a competent driver at the wheel and the traction control switched off, many Boxster drivers would be hard-pressed to post better lap times than with this Z."[39]Top Gear magazine later awarded the Nissan Designers with the 2004 Top Gear Magazine Car of the year award.[40]

Automotive journalists tend to praise the 350Z's value, performance, handling, and braking. Criticisms tend to be directed towards the grade of interior plastics, greater curb weight than its competitors, cabin ergonomics and engine refinement. Other reviews have criticised reflections off the back strut in the rear window.[41][42]

The 350Z has been recognized including the following:

In other media[edit]

Safety record[edit]

The 350Z came with front air bags in standard and supplemental side air bags and curtain air bags as an option. It won a NHTSA 5-star safety rating for front and side impact on the driver's side.[52] With 143 deaths per million registrations, the two-door 350Z has been one of the least safe 2005–2008 model cars in the United States.[53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

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