2008 Nissan 350Z | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The 350Z is the fifth generation of ’s Z car line and only its version is available in the Middle East. The 350Z follows the classic front engine rear-wheel-drive format of true blue sports cars providing gorgeous looks with the power to deliver more smiles per mile.

The 350Z features the long-hood short-deck design, a sloping fastback style roofline, high waistline, and bulging fenders that are pushed out to the corners of the vehicle. The 350Z has been acknowledged as a return to form, raising the brand credibility among the younger lot greatly.

Interior cabin design is straight forward and features brushed aluminium accents. The main gauge pod is mounted directly to the steering column allowing their movement to coincide with steering wheel adjustments. Additional gauges are mounted in a centre of the triple gauge cluster.

Zero to sixty is a blur. But the experience isn’t. Boasting an impressive 327hp coupled with an equally mighty 379Nm torque, the utterly sexy 350Z makes use of some hi-tech materials in the form of ultra-lightweight aluminium in the suspension and engine, a carbon-fibre composite drive shaft, 18” 6-spoke aluminium alloy wheels and  massive brake rotors. There’s even a racing inspired driver’s seat with magnesium-core steering wheel and drilled aluminium pedals.

The 3.5-litre, mated to a 5-speed automatic delivers a massive punch, with 0-100kph times of less than six seconds. The suspension system is excellent, delivering wonderfully precise, sharp handling.

There is very little else around at this price to give Nissan’s wonderful little sports car a run for its money. Elsewhere in the world, the Z comes as a and with  manual transmission as well – why not in the Middle East?

Technical Specifications
Engine3.5-litre V6
Power327 Bhp
Torque379 Nm
TransmissionAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 155,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

BMW Z4
Honda S2000
Porsche Cayman
Cadillac XLR

 

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