Nissan 350Z Ellenwood GA
Union City, GA
2005 Nissan 350Z Roadster Sports Car
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2005 Nissan 350Z Roadster Sports Car
Nissan's convertible Z is a carnival on wheels
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Instead, the convertible's suspension is slightly soft and compliant, not as bone rattling as a true sports car designed for the racetrack. Nonetheless, the convertible's suspension keeps the Z nearly flat in corners and gives the driver a decent amount of feedback through turns.
Like the coupe Z, the convertible's interior is oddly simple yet filled with amenities. It's so simple that it doesn't even have a glove box, but it does offer a fancy optional navigation system. Go figure.
In any case, the interior is remarkably comfortable and roomy for a roadster. It has plenty of leg and shoulder room for most people, and it comes with three cup holders -- yet another mysterious trait for a two-seater. Seats are supportive, controls are easy to understand, and the driver-oriented gauges are clear, bright, and stylish.
The 350Z's greatest downside in both coupe and convertible form is weight. It's fairly portly for a sports car, thanks to its wide seating area and unnecessary luxuries. Luckily, the powerful engine makes up for these slightly obese proportions, but it's fun to imagine what kind of performance it would have with a slightly smaller, stripped-down interior and tidier body.
The big news for 2005 is the addition of the Grand Touring Edition, which comes with big Brembo brakes, Vehicle Dynamic Control and stylish, 18-inch, aluminum alloy wheels for $39,300. The base model is still the Enthusiast ($34,450), while the middle-of-the-road version is called Touring ($36,850).
All 350Z Roadster models receive a few other enhancements for the new model year, including standard tire pressure monitoring system, driver's seat front and rear lifter, reduced clutch pedal effort for manual transmission models, heated outside mirrors and a faster processor for the optional navigation system that offers improved route calculation times.
Overall, the magic of the Z roadster lies in its mixture of comfort and performance. It clearly leans toward the sporty, high-performance crowd, but it doesn't require many compromises in comfort.
For sunny days on winding roads, that's the epitome of fun.
Pros? Man, oh man, is this car fun! It's blindingly fast, its exhaust note is enchanting, and it looks great topless. Its interior doesn't require many sacrifices in comfort, either.
Cons? True performance enthusiasts should stick with the coupe version because it's a hair faster. And, like all two-seat roadsters, it's too dang impractical for most folks.
Where Built: Japan
Major Options: Aerodynamics package, side airbags, curtain side airbags, leather ...
2006 Nissan 350Z Compact Coupe and Roadster Convertible
By the StaffNew Car Overview of the 2006 Nissan 350Z Compact Coupe and Roadster Convertible
Description: Compact Coupe and Roadster Convertible
Options & Features
Nissan's Z-car returns in 2006 as a sleek two-door hatchback coupe or curvy roadster convertible. Each shows revamped bodywork with more equipment aboard. All Z-cars stock Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 engine, which has been spiked to 300 hp with manual transmission models.
On the prow stylists revised Z's bumper, headlamps and grille, then made 18-inch aluminum wheels standard for all trims. 350Z the coupe comes in many models -- 350Z 6MT, Enthusiast 6MT, Enthusiast 5AT, Performance 6MT, Touring 5AT, Touring 6MT plus Track 6MT. And new 350Z Grand Touring adds nose and tail spoilers, Brembo brakes and a vehicle dynamic control (VDC) system. Z as a roadster offers two flavors -- Enthusiast and Touring. A power-operated soft top on the roadster lowers the lid in 20 seconds.
New gear for all includes bi-xenon HID headlights, speed sensitive power steering, revised HVAC controls and fresh paint shades like Interlagos Fire.
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