2008 Nissan 350Z Overview

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Base
Avg. Price: $16,302
Enthusiast
Avg. Price: $17,463
Enthusiast Roadster
Avg. Price: $17,890
Grand Touring
Avg. Price: $16,941
Grand Touring Roadster
Avg. Price: $19,945
Nismo
Avg. Price: $21,138
Touring
Avg. Price: $17,618
Touring Roadster
Avg. Price: $19,507

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Average User Score

4.85 stars

Based on 24 reviews

Fun, Fun, Fun! by Ninjaneer
 — This is my 3rd Z dating back to a 1979 280 ZX and a 1990 300 ZX. It is the natural evolution of its predecessors, but unique in its own way too. It retains fabulous Nissan reliability and maintainab... Read More
Two Thumbs Up by Lee
 — perfomance is awesome..it accelerates very quick all the way to sixth. braking is very good also..had it for a year have not had to replace any brake parts yet. Did have one problem with it tho..the b... Read More
The 2008 Nissan 350z Is Still One Of The Best Performance Buys On The Market. by Tilbiyanhar
 — A proper sports car for the everyman. If we had just one sentence to describe the Nissan 350Z, that'd be it. While there have always been plenty of unobtainable sports cars out there to drool over, th... Read More

2008 Nissan 350Z Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 24 reviews

2008 Nissan 350Z

The "new" Z was introduced to overall styling and performance acclaim in 2004 and received an engine upgrade in 2007 with minor hood resculpting - a slight center bulge reminiscent of the 240Z. For 2008, it sees few changes.

In 2007, Nissan revised 80% of its highly acclaimed VQ 3.5-liter V6 (shared with the Infiniti G35 sedan). A higher block deck height resulted in longer connecting rods and a redesigned front-strut-tower brace, thus the hood bulge. In addition to that, it received a new dual-intake system, revised cylinder head, revamped variable valve timing, higher compression, and a few other changes.

While the additional 6 hp (the engine now produces 306 hp with the manual transmission) may not seem worth it, the more immediate improvement is an increase in the broader range of usable torque. Nissan has renamed the engine the VQ35HR, with HR standing for "high-revving," as the redline for the manual-transmission engine increased by 500 rpm to 7,500. Along with a performance increase, these engine tweaks have also improved gas mileage by 1 to 2 mpg for both manual and automatic transmissions; EPA estimates are 20/27 mpg. 0-60 comes up in 5.2 seconds with the manual 6-speed transmission; a 5-speed automatic is optional.

Although taut, the suspension maintains control in all conditions and is easy to correct if a driver gets too enthusiastic. Based on Nissan's Front Midship chassis, shared with the Infiniti G35, the V6's engine mass rests aft of the front-axle centerline (two cylinders sit forward of the front axle and four aft of it), giving the Z close-to-perfect balance. Cornering grip is high and provides plenty of smiles per mile in the twisties. Steering is precise and well-balanced.

The comfortable and intelligent interior is well laid out. Controls are within easy reach and intuitive. As one reviewer put it, you won't find "the unfortunate kudzu of over-elaborate techo-excess" that plagues BMW, Lexus, and other makers. And this is very much in keeping with Nissan's original intent for its Z cars.

In addition to coupe and roadster versions, the 350Z is available in a new limited-production Nismo high-performance edition. Capable of 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, the Nismo has larger Brembo brakes and a tuned suspension, as it's basically the new factory "track" Z. More-aggressive front, rear, and side aerodynamics are topped off with a large rear decklid spoiler.

Overall, few cars available below $30k can provide the same level of entertainment as the 350Z.

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