2007 Nissan 350Z

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  1. #1 ajzahn, May 1, 2007
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    Extensive upgrades for 2007 mean only minor improvements, but Z is still the last letter in affordable sports cars

    By MARK VAUGHN
    AutoWeek | Published 04/27/07, 11:40 am et

    AT A GLANCE:
    ON SALE: Now
    BASE PRICE: $28,515
    DRIVETRAIN: 3.5-liter, 306-hp, 268-lb-ft V6; rwd, six-speed manual
    CURB WEIGHT: 3339 lb
    0 TO 60 MPH: 5.5 sec (est.)
    FUEL MILEAGE (EPA combined): 22 mpg
    Tired of poseur GT cars that are “sporty” but not really much fun? Perhaps what you need is a real sports car. In case you’ve forgotten, Nissan still sells the 350Z.

    Had the Z fallen off your radar? After the massive hype and a three-year GTR-like media feeding frenzy that accompanied the debut of the current model in 2002, the halo car of the Nissan division had settled into the “semi-obscurity” of 25,000 sales a year. While the next big redesign comes in 2009 (with a rumored bump to 3.7 liters in engine displacement), the current Z has had an impressively thorough engine redo that accomplished . . . little.

    Despite a powerplant that is “over 80 percent new or revised,” the result is a 6-hp increase (19 in the automatics), to 306. Torque remains at 286 lb-ft, but it is spread over a wider band.

    The VQ35HR V6 gets a new block, cylinder heads, connecting rods, pistons and intake. The intake ports are straighter, too, for smoother airflow. Both intake and exhaust cams are variable, which allows 10 degrees more intake cam and 5 degrees more exhaust. Better knock sensors afford new variable cam timing to advance the spark farther for more power, compression ratio increases from 10.3:3 to 10.6:1, and redline goes up 500 revs to 7500.

    Why don’t those changes produce more? Maybe the mods are aimed at boosting fuel mileage, which seems to be the priority in engineering minds nowadays. If that is the case, mileage goes up by only 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway in the manual-transmission coupe, to 20 and 27, and by 1 mpg highway in the automatic, to 19 and 26. It’s a little perplexing. For all that engine work, you’d expect 50 more ponies or something.

    Yet when you drive the car, you don’t care. Even with only the minor improvements of a mid-cycle change, the 350Z is a highly enjoyable sports car. The return on investment may be small for all the changes, but the original investment still pays dividends in grins.

    Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires replace the RE040As that elicited so many complaints on the previous Z. The new rubber is mounted on 18-inch wheels. Touring Coupe models get Rays Engineering forged alloys, 18 inches in front and 19 in the rear.

    Driving over the highway in the mountains above Los Angeles immediately reminded us what a great fundamental design this car is and how much we love the FM platform upon which it sits. The enthusiasm shoveled on it four years ago was warranted, it turns out, and things are even better here. It still takes a big bite going into corners, holds on to it through apexes and spits it out at the exits. The Z remains one of the great performance values on the planet.

    The Z is in dealerships now, where you can get one for $28,515. The Roadster Enthusiast model goes up $500 compared with 2006 pricing; all other models are only $250 higher.

    >>> www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070427/FREE/70425006/1532
     
  2. This design is getting old but it's still hot as hell.
     
  3. One of the best looking cars on the road.
     
  4. moar power yay!

    they have such a sexy exhaust note too
     
  5. <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/grin.gif"></A>
     
  6. I love the Z, such a sweet car. I think Nissan had a lot on its hands this year, the Altima Hybrid and Altima coupe are going to be hot sellers.
     
  7. Unregistered is happy.
     
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  9. the lack of HP in the new engines is because of the "japan automotive regulation" as i heard
     
  10. what? it has more hp you dolt
     
  11. That's a pretty ugly shiftknob <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
     
  12. You're ugly <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/angry.gif"></A> .
     
  13. Can I take an 07 hood and put it on an 04?
     
  14. #15 K-Dero, May 2, 2007
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  15. Lol, most people actually hate the 07 hood. I dont really mind it.
     
  16. No, it won't fit. And it would be rice anyway, so why would you want to do that?
     
  17. Because rice is passion
     
  18. what year is the facelift due out again?
     
  19. you dont know what a 350z is until you sit in one and grip the steering wheel with both hands... its a beautifull thing
     
  20. so how many SC.netters have Z's now?

    seems to be the car of choice
     
  21. read the dodge neon owners thread....... every1 posted what sports cars and supercars they own, ZOMG lol
     
  22. I want a Z
     
  23. meh I don't really like the Z.
     

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