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Nissan 350Z

Though the Nissan 350Z did not show up on the American market until 2003, the maker's Z line of cars began in 1969. The 350Z took the place of the aging 240Z in the lineup and was met with general praise. Consumers and critics liked that the two-passenger sports car was available as both a two-door coupe and roadster, but the original five trim levels did not differentiate themselves from each other enough for many buyers.

Originally, the Nissan 350Z was only available with one engine level, a 287 horsepower 3.5L V6. A five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission was offered, and buyers could also pick from either the coupe or roadster versions. It was not until 2005 that Nissan introduced a new engine, a 300 horsepower RevUp 3.5L V6. However, Nissan only provided the one engine selection for buyers, a cause for concern among critics. The 2007 model year brought about a boost of six horsepower, but not much else was changed except for a new hood design with a raised center line.

The Nissan 350Z is used in several different racing competitions and has placed in many prominent races. While the 350Z has won much acclaim on the racetrack, it has also received numerous awards from international media outlets. In 2007, TopSpeed Magazine named the Nissan 350Z the "Japanese Performance Car of the Year", while the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada awarded the sports car with the Best New Design for the 2003 model year. Other awards range from Motorweek's commendation for "Driver's Choice Best Performance Car" in 2003 to "Most Sex Appeal" from Road and Travel Magazine in 2003.

This popular model has been featured in a wide variety of television shows and feature films as well. Television shows that have highlighted the model include the CW's primetime drama "Gilmore Girls", Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show", Showtime's gruesome series "Dexter", "CSI: Miami", the teen detective hit "Veronica Mars", and "One Tree Hill". The 350Z was even animated on an episode of "American Dad". The 350Z's big screen performances include Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration".

Rumors are flying that the Nissan 350Z will soon get the addition of a fully-retractable hardtop. Other gossip outlets claim that the 2009 or 2010 model year will bring a complete overhaul including a more powerful engine and exterior makeover. Also being talked about is the possible addition of a new Z line model called the 450Z.

Nissan 350Z Reviews by Year

2009 Nissan 350Z
As a carryover from the prior model year, the 2009 Nissan 350Z retains the same super sleek exterior combined with generous power and a wealth of standard features. When the intro price is compared with the competition, the 350Z ends up being one of the most affordable sports cars on the market. With three unique trim levels to choose from, buyers get the opportunity to find their perfect 350Z. Ward's gave the Nissan 350Z the honor of being named as having one of the top ten engines, and this model also got a five-star rating for side-impact crash testing. Also, the model can be purchased as either a coupe or convertible. The one issue that some potential buyers could have with this 2009 Nissan is the tight accommodations for two passengers.

Under the hood, the 350Z is fitted with a powerful 306 horsepower 3.5L DOHC V6. With 268-lbs per foot of torque, this roadster has some get up and go. A Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System consistently adjusts the exhaust intake to better conserve fuel and power the model accordingly. more
2008 Nissan 350Z
The 2008 Nissan 350Z sports car offers high quality, long term reliability and exceptional performance. Available as either a hatchback coupe or convertible/roadster, there are several trim levels from which to choose, all of which provide precise and responsive handling and enough power to offer the opportunity to enjoy a most exciting and pleasurable journey on a daily basis.
2007 Nissan 350Z
The 2007 Nissan 350Z sports car is offered as both a coupe (from $27,900) and a roadster (from $35,500). The coupe is available in three models: the base 350Z, Z Enthusiast, Touring, and Grand Touring.
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