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Nissan 350Z

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Thanks to a new V6, Nissan’s have made the 350Z hotter. Suspension and powerplant have improved the crashy and the once-lazy motor without the crisp handling or glorious note. Although Nissan have gone further the changes to the design, the 350Z is set to one of the most desirable machines in its when it goes on sale in – despite the hefty price

The bulge is back at Nissan courtesy of a new-look 350Z. by the original 240Z of the Sixties, the coupé’s swollen bonnet is a host of improvements which include a more powerful revised suspension and an upmarket

From a distance, you’ll to look hard to spot the alterations, though. Aside new alloy wheels, revised and a slightly different front it’s virtually identical to the model.

What’s important, is that you know the dome appeared on the nose isn’t for show. It’s been put in order to accommodate the latest

Offering 309bhp at 6,800rpm, the HR V6 replaces the old VQ unit. Although still 3.5 litres, it’s bigger and delivers 19bhp and 8Nm than its predecessor. The result is it shaves 0.2 seconds off the current 0-60mph sprint.

That might not sound but when we climbed behind the we soon realised these have made a big impact on the character. Fire up the engine, and the spins eagerly into The exhaust note is deeper before, and sounds more

Once on the road, it’s clear how freely the V6 spins to its red line. It’s an improve-ment the outgoing motor, which was in the lower to mid-ranges, but felt as speed increased. And there’s good news for keen

The suspension set-up keeps the steering as precise and turn-in as as it’s always been, but the firm ride is considerably without the handling having compromised.

As a result, the cabin more insulated against the of potholes and other imperfections in the surface. And, even new 18-inch alloy wheels, we that travelling long was considerably more comfortable.

the Nissan hard, and the crisp, steering is as reassuring as ever. And if you into a corner too quickly, the car understeer before the traction helps to pull everything back into line. the system off, and it’s to use the extra torque to cause the car to its line as it begins to oversteer.

On winding roads, you’ll to use every last ounce of the potential, simply so that you can on the power and sound rush.

Nissan 350Z

The don’t stop there. To keep the Z legend alive, has also smartened up the interior, a new centre console and more sports seats. And there are revised Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers, not only tremendous stopping but also plenty of feel and

The only downside is that of this is going to come The Japanese firm has already that the latest model be at least £1,000 more the outgoing car, taking 350Z to £26,500, with GT costing nearly £30,000.

that is unlikely to stop the charge to the top of the class. It’s bearing in mind that the Z has a major global success for the with more than customers happy to park one on driveways.

The newcomer seems sure to add to number. And with the legendary Z celebrating its 37th anniversary year, the future for one of Japan’s sports car dynasties has never brighter.

Key specs

Old VQ motor has replaced with stronger, free-revving HR series V6. A strut straddles the engine, adding to body.

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