2005 Nissan 350Z Review
Anniversary edition brings more performance.
The Nissan 350Z stands alone in its price class. This is the car for drivers who want serious sports car performance in a GT body without shelling out the big bucks. And Nissan has added a truly sporty variant to the mix with the 35th Anniversary Z.
Its rear-wheel-drive chassis is rigid and its suspension is taut for excellent handling. The V6 engine delivers lots of torque for strong acceleration performance. Whether you opt for the six-speed manual gearbox or the five-speed automatic, there are no dogs in the lineup. The interior is the weakest link here, but it grows on you with a little time spent living with it.
New Car Test Drive correspondent Tom Lankard is based in Northern California. With Mitch McCullough in Los Angeles.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||Nissan 350Z 6MT ($26,500); Enthusiast 6MT ($28,450); Enthusiast AT ($29,450); Performance 6MT ($30,650); Touring AT ($31,800); Touring 6MT ($33,400); Track 6MT ($34,300); Roadster Enthusiast 6MT ($34,150); Roadster Enthusiast AT ($35,150); Roadster Touring 6MT ($36,550); Roadster Touring AT ($37,550)|
|Engines:||3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||dual-stage frontal airbags; seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters; ABS with EBD and brake assist; traction control|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||supplemental side airbags|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Oppama, Japan|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||Nissan 350Z Roadster Enthusiast ($35,150)|
|Standard Equipment:||automatic temperature control; 4-way power driver's seat; 2-way power passenger seat; power windows, locks and mirrors; AM/FM/CD audio with 6 speakers; tilt steering with integrated gage cluster; cruise control; HomeLink universal transceiver; auto-dimming rearview mirror; trip computer; oil pressure gauge; voltmeter; cross-drilled aluminum pedals; dual-illuminated visor vanity mirrors; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; real aluminum interior accents; lockable storage behind passenger seat; 3 cup holders; vehicle security system; vehicle immobilizer; remote keyless entry; 17-inch wheels; xenon headlamps; seal-tight windows|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||side airbags ($250); 18-inch wheels ($1,200)|
|Gas Guzzler Tax:|
|Price as tested (MSRP)||36560|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||287 @ 6200|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||274 @ 4800|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||19/26|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||39.2/53.2/42.6|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:|
|Suspension, f:||independent 3-link with stabilizer bar and strut bar|
|Suspension, r:||independent 4-link with stabilizer bar and strut bar|
|Tires:||P225/45R18 / P245/45R18|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist|
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