Monday, October 1, 2007

2008 Nissan 350Z Review

The 2008 Nissan 350Z sports car is offered as both a coupe (from $27,900) and a roadster (from $35,500). The coupe is available in three models: the base 350Z, Z Enthusiast, Touring, and Grand Touring. The roadster starts at the Z Enthusiast level and moves through the Touring models.

The base model 350Z coupe is outfitted with a 3.5-liter, V6 using a manual transmission with six speeds (the standard engine on all models of both the coupe and the roadster.) Anti-lock brakes are present on all wheels and electronic brake force distribution and brake assist technologies are both in place.

Eighteen inch wheels of cast aluminum alloy are standard with five spokes. Aerodynamically the Zs have been engineered to maximize airflow and to lower the drag coefficient to 0.30 on the coupe. LEDs are used in the parking and tail lights with high intensity, bi-xenon lamps in the front. You'll find a single-touch hatch release and the glass in the windows reduces UV exposure.

Inside an automatic system regulates temperature on all models. A hands-free Bluetooth system for your mobile phone is standard on the Touring models. Other technological amenities include a multi-function trip computer, power windows and locks, remote entry, cruise control mounted on the steering wheel, and a rear view mirror with auto dimming.

The seats on the two lower modes are carbon cloth with the Touring editions featuring leather. All drivers seats adjust to eight levels. Audio systems vary from six to seven speakers with the Touring models using a digital Bose combo unit with a changer in the dash holding six discs. The driver and occupants are protected by a comprehensive airbag system including sensors to detect the use of seat belts as well as those to classify the occupants present.

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