2002 Nissan 350Z

The Nissan 350Z, which was introduced in August 2002, has quickly become the one of the best-selling sports cars. The stylish, 287-horsepower 350Z continues the Z-heritage of design, performance and value that has remained unchallenged since the original Datsun 240Z was introduced 34 years ago as a 1970 model.

The 3.5-liter VQ35DE V6 engine produces 287 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque, power range that comes as a result of the intake port design and adopting Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) technology. This enables the engine to deliver not only outstanding start-off acceleration and high-speed passing performance, but also torque characteristics suitable for city driving. Drivability has been further improved by adopting an electronically controlled throttle, and the use of a highly rigid cylinder block combines with other measures to produce engine sounds worthy of a sports car.

Suspension for the rear-wheel drive vehicle is a 4-wheel independent design. Both 6-speed close-ratio manual and 5-speed automatic transmissions are available.

The Z-lineup also features the convertible version, the 350Z Roadster. Featuring a power-operated soft top with glass rear window, the Z-Roadster is designed to transform from top-up to top-down in 20 seconds. The fully automatic soft top stows compactly under a lightweight tonneau cover, completely hiding the top when down.

In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Tochigi, Tochigi, Japan
engine Aluminum VQ35DE V6
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Sequential Mulit-Point Injection
displacement 3498 cc / 213.5 in³
bore 95.5 mm / 3.76 in
stroke 81.4 mm / 3.2 in
compression 10.3:1
power 214.0 kw / 287 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output 82.05 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 196.17 bhp per tonne
torque 371.49 nm / 274 ft lbs @ 4800 rpm
redline 6600
body / frame Until Steel
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Super light Aluminum-Alloy
front brakes Track Brembro Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
rear brakes Track Brembro Discs w/Twin-Piston Calipers
front wheels F 45.7 x 20.3 cm / 18 x 8 in
rear wheels R 21.6 x 18 cm / 8.5 x 7.1 in
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Independant Mulit-LInk
r suspension Independant Mulit-LInk
curb weight 1463 kg / 3225 lbs
wheelbase 2649 mm / 104.3 in
length 4303 mm / 169.4 in
width 1816 mm / 71.5 in
height 1318 mm / 51.9 in
gear ratios 3.540:1, 2.324:1, 1.642:1, 1.271:1, 1.000:1, 0.794:1
final drive 3.538:1
top speed ~251.1 kph / 156 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.2 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~12.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~13.7 seconds
drag 0.30 Cd

Auction Sales History

2002 Nissan 350Z
2003 Nissan 350Z
– sold for $47,300

This 350Z is the very first one produced, VIN JN1AZ34E13T000001. Purchased by the owner of the Nissan dealership in Everett, WA to add to his private collection. Put in his showroom, and it is in absolutely as-new condition with fewer than 100 original miles on the odometer. The car is a Track model, which supplies Brembo brakes, super light forged wheels, front and rear spoilers, and Dynamic Stability Control, plus it is additionally equipped with literally every available option, including optional Silverstone paint, GPS navigation, aluminum kick panels, side impact bags, splash guards, floor mats, and trunk mat. Included with purchase are the original handbooks, the original Window Sticker, a special letter from Nissan from when the car initially sold, copies of articles talking about the sale, a copy of the original Manufacturer Statement of Origin. Auction Source: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction