NISMO, the premier supplier of high-performance aftermarket parts and accessories for Nissan vehicles in the United States since 2003, previously participated in the development of the NISMO Frontier off-road pickup truck, introduced in 2005. The NISMO 350Z is the second Nissan model to be branded with the legendary marque. Like the Frontier model, which is specially equipped for off-road excursions, the 2007 NISMO 350Z is optimized for enthusiast drivers.
"With the combination of the new VQ35HR engine found on all 2007 350Zs and NISMO performance and design enhancements, the NISMO 350Z represents the pinnacle of Nissan performance machines," said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA).
"The NISMO 350Z is the ideal package for true enthusiasts – adding a high level of aesthetic and performance enhancing equipment which is not available in the aftermarket – while retaining the reliability, durability, and comprehensive warranty found standard on every 2007 Nissan 350Z," he continued.
The most striking visual feature of this special vehicle is the NISMO aerodynamics package, which strongly resembles the Super GT championship winning Zs. Featuring an aggressive front fascia with chin spoiler, side skirts, an extended rear fascia with underbody diffuser and a rear wing, the NISMO 350Z produces additional aerodynamic downforce to provide enhanced cornering and handling performance.
Special consideration is given during assembly of the NISMO 350Z – structural rigidity is enhanced by additional body welds to the already rigid 350Z body and additional supports have been added front and rear. The NISMO 350Z also utilizes special body dampers mounted in the front radiator core support and in the rear cargo area, which assist in controlling body vibrations.
Additional performance features include a special NISMO-tuned independent multi-link suspension, Brembo brakes with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers (with 12.8-inch front and 12.7-inch rear rotors) and special NISMO-branded gunmetal gray RAYS super lightweight forged-alloy wheels (18x9-inch front and 19x10-inch rear with 245/40WR18 front, 265/35WR19 rear Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires). A special NISMO-branded tuned exhaust adds an even more authoritative tone to the Z’s 306-horsepower V6 engine.
"The combination of aerodynamic enhancements and performance tuning adds up to a Z with enhanced cornering, steering precision and handling," said Bosley. "Every exterior and mechanical improvement made to the NISMO 350Z isn’t just for show, it’s also for performance."
Four exterior colors are available, including Redline Red, Magnetic Black, Silver Alloy and Pikes Peak White.
Inside, NISMO 350Z drivers receive special treatment with unique black cloth seats with red inserts, red stitching throughout the interior and special NISMO white-faced tachometer. All NISMO 350Zs receive a serialized NISMO-etched aluminum plaque mounted on the center console, designating its limited edition status.
The NISMO 350Z includes a full complement of 350Z standard features, including the new VQ35HR 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 306 horsepower @ 6,800 RPM and 268 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 RPM – with more than 90% of torque available between 2,000 and 7,000 RPM. Engine features include variable exhaust cam timing (eCVTCS), a 7,500 rpm rev limit and a symmetric twin ram air intake system.
The standard 6-speed manual transmission features close-ratio gearing from 1st through 5th gears for high-performance driving and an overdrive 6th speed for highway fuel economy. For performance handling, standard on the NISMO 350Z is a Traction Control System (TCS) and Viscous Limited-Slip Differential (VLSD).
Also standard is electronically-controlled vehicle speed-sensitive dual-orifice rack-and-pinion power steering system, front and rear strut tower bracing, 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, cruise control, aluminum pedals, illuminated steering wheel audio controls and auto dimming rearview mirror, power windows, 3-bay gauge cluster, High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-xenon (high and low beam) headlights, LED taillights, Advanced Air Bag System, side and curtain side-impact supplemental air bags and Active Head Restraints.
"The NISMO 350Z is geared towards enthusiasts who want the ultimate 350Z straight from the factory performance experts,” said Bosley. “They also want a Z that makes a statement and is a testament to their love of driving."
In addition to the new NISMO 350Z, the 2007 350Z Coupe is offered in Base, Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring models. The 2007 350Z Roadster is offered in three models – Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring.
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Nissan initially came to the US market under the name Datsun for fear of failure. With that Datsun name they brought the 240Z; since then they have been a top competitor in the sports car market. The Z family has changed a bunch over the years, but there are still some key factors that make them all related. Low roofline, squished trunk, and a long hood are features that every single Z has.
What about the most recent Zs? The 350Z and 370Z were incredibly successful sports cars, but which one is actually better?
After the success of the 300ZX ended in 1996, Nissan was a little unsure what to do with the Z. They created a new 240Z concept, but that was scrapped for fear of going backward. Eventually, Nissan showed the world their new Z concept, and they called it the “350Z”. The 350Z was a lot like the outgoing 300ZX. They both shared similar design features like the long hood, but the 350Z was designed to fit into the modern world.
Additional 350Z info on Wikipedia
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In Japan, the 350Z was known as the Fairlady Z Z33. Overseas many of the Z cars were named the Fairlady. The Z33 is the chassis code, which identifies this specific generation of Z.
Fast forward to 2009, and Nissan is now producing their next Z car. The all-new 370Z is the 6th generation in the Z family. The 370Z shares nothing with the outgoing 350Z. The 370Z is smaller, lighter, faster, and much curvier than the 350Z. It has a 4″ shorter wheelbase, 2.7″ shorter length, 0.3″ lower height, and 1.3″ wider body. What do all of these numbers mean? These numbers mean the 370Z is designed to handle better than the 350Z in every way possible.
Additional 370Z info on Wikipedia
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Just like the 350Z, the 370Z was known as the Fairlady in Japan. This time, it was the Fairlady Z Z34.
350Z vs 370Z: Exterior
I mentioned the 370Z has smaller dimensions than the 350Z. The odd thing is, the 370Z looks larger to me. They are obviously related, the overall shape is extremely similar. They’re both long, low, simple, with a simple fastback rear. The 370Z is much curvier than the 350Z. This was done to make it look more aggressive, but also much more modern. Just like countless other models throughout history, the successor is more curvy and modern looking.
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The 350Z is a timeless design, it will never look dated. Sitting next to the 350Z it looks just as modern. That being said, I think that they’re both incredibly good looking sports cars. But the 350Z’s simpler design arguably makes it the better looking for the two.
350Z vs 370Z: Interior
This shouldn’t take you by much surprise; the 370Z’s interiors has features that weren’t even available on the 350Z. The 370Z also has a redesigned interior that feels more modern and more expensive. They both have features that are a tribute to the original 240Z such as the three gauges high up on the dashboard.
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One thing that Nissan didn’t really change between these two is their race car feel. Everything in the cockpit is angled towards the driver, making it a true driving experience. The seats are mounted low, and they are surrounded, making it feel like a true race car.
350Z vs 370Z: Performance Data
So if you’re an enthusiast then this is the part that you actually care about. Which one of these cars is actually faster? Logic would tell you that the 370Z is going to be the faster of the two, but is it really? Let’s look at some of the 350Z’s numbers.
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- Horsepower: 300 @ 6,400 rpm
- Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
- Curb Weight: 3,200 lbs
- 0-60: 5.1 seconds
- 60-0: 112 feet
- 1/4 mile: 13.5 seconds
- Nurburgring lap time: 8:26
As you can see from these numbers the 350Z is actually pretty quick. It’s not “mustang” fast, but it’s plenty fast for the average person. These Japanese sports cars shine when the road gets twisty. The 350Z proved this by laying down as impressive 8:26 lap time on the Nurburgring. Now that we know what the 350Z can do, let’s look at the 370Z.
- Horsepower: 332 @ 7,000 rpm
- Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
- Curb Weight: 3,300 lbs
- 0-60: 4.5 seconds
- 60-0: 105 feet
- 1/4 miles: 12.5 seconds
- Nurburgring lap time: Unknown
The 370Z is more powerful which isn’t surprising considering its larger engine. The interesting part is that even though it weighs 100 lbs more, it’s still faster in every single way. I am unable to find a Nurburgring time for the 370Z, but I would guess it would run 8:10 – 8:15 based on all the other numbers.
I hope this didn’t take you by surprise, but the 370Z is faster in every single way. Which is funny because I’ve never seen a 370Z on a track, but I’ve seen countless 350Zs on a track. This is probably due to the price difference.
350Z vs 370Z: Reliability
The topic of reliability can be very subjective when it comes to Nissan, that is, everyone has a different agenda. Many Nissan enthusiasts claim to have had incredibly reliable 350Zs, and incredibly reliable 370Zs. Many enthusiasts also claim the exact opposite. Either way, the Nissan brand is actually less reliable than you might think.
With that out of the way, we can return to the subject at hand: Which one is more reliable? Unfortunately, I was unable to find any concrete numbers regarding the reliability of these two. So I resorted to the forums, and I found that most Z enthusiasts both are incredibly reliable. This is odd considering the chart above shows that Nissan is below average in terms of reliability.
I really couldn’t find any forums posts complaining about the reliability of either. If you have any insight on the reliability of the 350Z or the 370Z let me know down in the comments!
350Z vs 370Z: Price
Unfortunately, we are all limited to price. For this single reason, most people will never get to own their dream car. Both the 350Z and the 370Z can be found used for a fraction of their original price. The 370Z is obviously going to be more expensive, it’s newer. Something you need to understand is that automobile prices vary by location, age, mileage, seller motivation, the number of problems, and luck. These prices I’m going to quote you might be entirely different from the prices that you find.
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A 2006 350Z enthusiast coupe with 50,000 miles in good condition has a Kelly Blue Book price of $11k. This surprised me, I expected it to be closer to $7k based on my experience with 350Zs. When I hopped on Phoenix’s Craigslist I found 350Zs from $6,500 to $14,500. All of the cheaper ones had 160k miles or more. From what I’ve found a good condition 350Z with around 100,000 miles is about $10k.
A 2010 370Z touring coupe with 50,000 miles in good condition has a Kelly Blue Book price of $17k. This also surprised me, I expected it to be closer to $20k. The KBB for the 370Z is $6k more. For that, you get a model 4 years newer than the 350Z. When I hopped on Phoenix’s Craigslist I found 370Zs from $13,500 all the way up to $33,000. This means that in the real world a 370Z is about 2x as expensive as a 350Z.
So Which One is Better?
This is a tough decision to make. Both the 350Z and the 370Z are incredible sports cars. They have both set the bar for all of their Japanese competitors. Due to 350Z’s lower price, I think it’s the better option. Yes, it is slightly slower, but with the money you save going with a 350Z does it really it matter? That money can be used for suspension, brakes, and tires. A 350Z full of modifications is going to be way faster than a 370Z. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Japanese sports car
|Nissan 350Z (Z33)|
|Designer||Ajay Panchal (2000), Diane Allen, Mamoru Aoki,|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Layout||Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Platform||Nissan FM platform|
|Wheelbase||2,649 mm (104.3 in)|
|Width||1,816 mm (71.5 in)|
|Curb weight||3,188–3,602 lb (1,446–1,634 kg)|
|Predecessor||Nissan 300ZX (Z32)|
|Successor||Nissan 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.
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.
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.
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.
240Z concept (1999)
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. 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." This design served the intended purpose of creating interest, in the public and the corporation, for a new Z car.
Design and layout
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Fairlady Z Type E (2004)
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.
350Z 35th Anniversary Edition (2005)
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. A version of the 35th Anniversary Edition with a Gran Turismo 4 video game tie-in was also made.
350Z GT-S Concept
During the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) unveiled the 350Z GT-S Concept  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.
2008 Tokyo Auto Salon concepts (2008)
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.
Fairlady Z Type F (2008-)
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.
Nissan's performance tuning division, NISMO, began producing modified versions of the 350Z shortly after its introduction.
NISMO R-Tune (2004)
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, but gains significant horsepower, intended for track racers.
NISMO S-Tune GT (2005)
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
NISMO 350Z (2007–2008)
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. 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)
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). Only 300 units were produced from 2007 through to 2008.
NISMO Type 380RS-Competition
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.
A NISMO version of the 350Z was also used by the Tochigi Prefecture police force.
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.
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.
The Z33 also appears in the Japan's Super Taikyu series, entered by C-West Labs.
British GT Championship
The British GT Championship also fielded a privateer 350Z which competed in the series until 2006.
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.
In 2012, NASA  (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.
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. 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. 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. In Round 2, Chris Forsberg scored a maiden victory in his 350Z Roadster equipped with a VK56DE from a Nissan Titan. 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.
Open Road racing
Option magazine founder Daijiro Inada used an extensively modified 350Z, dubbed Option Stream Z, to compete in the Silver State Classic Challenge. 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).
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.
Advertising and promotions
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
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)
3,428 lb (1,555 kg) (Enth)
3,462 lb (1,570 kg) (Tour)
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)
3,580 lb (1,624 kg) (Enth)
3,600 lb (1,633 kg) (Tour)
3,602 lb (1,634 kg) (Grand)
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
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." 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."Top Gear magazine later awarded the Nissan Designers with the 2004 Top Gear Magazine Car of the year award.
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.
The 350Z has been recognized including the following:
In other media
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. 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.
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