Nissan's sporty Z is reborn: this two-seater coupe looks fantastic, with great rear-drive handling, and is great value for money. Still prefer an Audi TT? Think again; this is a credible alternative.
- Strong image reinforced by rarity value
- Performance approaches supercar standards
- Cabin is well designed and well equipped
- Rather impractical with little luggage space
- Thirsty even when driven gently; Group 20 insurance
- High noise levels could be tiring
The poised 350Z shows that Nissan hasn't forgotten how to make a proper sports coupe - it's a completely different proposition from the bloated, elderly 300ZX it replaces.
With sharp but predictable rear-drive handling, a slick six-speed gearbox and a smooth 280bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine, the Z rivals the Audi TT. It's a more involving drive than the Chrysler Crossfire. Only the Mazda RX-8 has it beaten - or costlier supercars like the Porsche 911. A convertible is due in the UK by 2005; this will be a realistic alternative to SLK or even Boxster.
Although there's no choice of engine or transmission, this desirable, image-rich Nissan is available with lots of options, including a GT pack with leather upholstery, heated/electrically adjustable seats and uprated hi-fi with sub-woofer. There are also NISMO styling and accessories kits. It's highly likely that the GT pack will be essential to justify top resale values.
Need To Know
NCAP: Not tested
Best Models: Only one model - 350Z
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