350Z from the house of Nissan motors is designed to be the perfect sports car model – a 2-seater with strong engine characters, and sharp handling.
Nissan 350Z is the 5th generation “Z” sports car model introduced from the Japanese car manufacturer.
It made its debut in 2003, and was able to bring back the spirit of performance as well as fun, which was lost after the discontinuation of the legendary 300ZX model.
This vehicle was made available in both coupe and roadster body styles. In 2008, the coupe model was discontinued; so, in 2009, it was developed only in roadster body form.
Models and Power-Trains
The coupe was made available mainly in 5-trim levels that included Base, Performance, Enthusiast, Track, and Touring. The roadster was introduced only in Limited, Touring, and Enthusiast trim levels.
The entry level model was propelled by a standard 3.5 litre V6 power-train that was capable of generating an engine output of around 287 hp and torque of around 274 lb-feet. The power-transmission in all the model variants was made possible using a standard 6-speed manual and an optional 5-speed auto transmission system.
Most Recent 350Z
For the 2009 model year, the coupe model was dropped and it was replaced by an advanced 370Z model, and the 350Z roadster was kept almost unchanged.
It was available only with the rear-wheel drive-train configuration, and was equipped with a 3.5 litre V6 standard engine, which was capable of pumping out 306 horsepower and torque of about 268 lb-feet. The same transmission systems have been used with this 2009 model to send the generated power to the wheels.
The EPA fuel economy estimate of 350Z is around 17 mpg in city limits, and 23 mpg on highways. The used 2009 Nissan 350Z can be purchased with a price tag of $27,729, and it may vary for the top-end model.
New Nissan 350Z and Its Successors
We did not quite see a new Nissan 350z after its last production model for 2009 when it came only as a convertible. It for sure was one of the best performance sports cars, which offered vibrant handling and top class V6 power plant. The successor of 350z was also launched in 2009 only, which was marketed as NISMO and coupe. From 2010 onwards, a convertible also joined the line.
Today, the latest 2012 Nissan 370z is second to none when it comes to high performance sports cars. The vehicle demonstrates top class braking and handling. The manual gearbox is one of the smoothest in the segment. The vehicle is marketed as base and Touring variants and its starting MSRP is fixed at $40,050.
The 3.7liter V6 engine churns out 332 hp @ 7000 rpm and 270 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm. It offers decent gas economy figures of 18mpg within city limits and 25mpg on highways.