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Nissan 350Z (2003 - 2009)

Last updated 21 May 2018

Perfect combination of power, grip and safe but exploitable handling. 300PS 350Zs from March 2006 get hit by high £505 annual VED.
2007 310PS long stroke engine doesn't feel as gutsy as previous 300PS. Use a lot of fuel.
Updated 1 May 2007

Mild facelift May 2007 with with 80% uprated engine and 80% another boost in standard power output to 309bhp with torque up to 358Nm. Distinguished by bonnet power bulge. From £26,795 OTR for the Coupe...

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Nissan’s Z cars have formed an important part of the company’s history. There have been some great ones like the 240Z, some good ones like the 300ZX, and some very bad ones… 280ZX we’re looking at you.

So where does the 350Z fit into this body of work? Only time will really tell, but we’d say someone near the top. In truth, it’s probably better than the 240Z – but that’s part of its problem. It’s almost Germanic in some ways because it’s simply too good. It’s a capable round town cruiser but can also hold its own on track – although it’ll shave seconds of your lap times with minimal fuss and drama, which is not always a good thing for a sports car.

Power comes from a 3.5-litre V6 that you’d never know delivered 276bhp, such is the level of soundproofing in the cabin. It’ll also do 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds – so it’s properly quick but manages to be so in the most unexciting way.

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