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Nissan 350Z 2007

Broadcast date : 4th February 2007

The power hike moves the Nissan 350Z further ahead of rivals like the 3 litre BMW Z4 and the 3,2 litre Audi TT in terms of punch, which the Nissan needs as it doesnít quite have the sophistication of its German opposition.

What it does have is big-hearted appeal, thanks to a spirited engine note, but also great tractability in traffic.

In short, itís a very user-friendly sports car, and now an ever better-looking one.

The 350Z has always looked good from all angles. It manages to combine the classicism of the original 1960s 240Z with thoroughly modern lines. As well as the trademark twin tailpipes.

Like the exterior, the 350Z offers a very traditional sports car cabin, and we particularly enjoy the prominence of the Z badging in the steering wheel.

This was one of the cars that spear-headed Nissanís image revival after two decades in the styling doldrums, and itís no wonder that Nissan captured market-leadership in the sports car class with this very personal, well-equipped, but un-pretentious car.

The tan seats on the test car matched the orange-gold paintwork beautifully, adding to a feeling that will evoke great pride of ownership.

The neat thing about the Nissan is that you donít have to drive it fast to enjoy it. Itís actually a leisurely cruiser, as well as a very-friendly city car if you need to use it every day.

With 216 kiloWatts, Clint had no problems maintaining a progressive power-slide.

So, the 350Z is fast, but no cigar, coming in just behind the Audi DTM Clint tested a few weeks back. But, lap times aside, as a fun sports car with honest character, it takes some beating.

Nissan 350Z Coupe
  • Engine: V6 petrol, 3 498 cc
  • Power: 216 kW @ 6 400 rpm
  • Torque: 350 Nm @ 4 800 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 6,5 seconds (claimed)
  • Top speed: 255 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 13,5 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R398 000

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