“The Nissan Z has built a tradition of exciting performance and outstanding value for 37 years now,” said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. “This newest iteration, with its more powerful VQ-series V6, epitomizes the innovation and continuous improvement that has defined the Z’s success since its introduction in 1970.”
The new engine, which features nearly 80% redesigned major parts (except bolt, O-rings and clips), is rated at 306 horsepower* and 268 lb-ft of torque with both the close-ratio 6-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmissions.
The engine is part of Nissan’s VQ-series that has been on Ward’s “10 Best Engines” list for 13 consecutive years. The Z’s hood has been redesigned to accommodate the new dual intake system and to reflect the 2007 models’ more aggressive and sporty personality. Other refinements for 2007 include three new exterior colors – Solar Orange, San Marino Blue and Carbon Silver – and Roadster models receive a new optional gray convertible top (replaces the previous blue convertible top; a black top remains as standard).
All 350Zs continue to offer standard Nissan Advance Air Bag System with dual-stage front supplemental air bags, Zone Body construction with front and rear crushable zones and Active Head Restraints (except with Burnt Orange net seats). The Z has also earned NHTSA’s 5-star rating for side-impact crash test safety**.
Pricing and Model Availability
For 2007, the Nissan 350Z Coupe is available in four models – 350Z 6MT, 350Z Enthusiast, 350Z Touring and 350Z Grand Touring.
Starting MSRP for the 350Z Coupe with a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission is $27,900. The Enthusiast Coupe adds cruise control, Traction Control System (TCS), Viscous Limited Slip Differential (VLSD), aluminum pedals and more, and is available in a 6-speed manual configuration starting at $29,600 or in a 5-speed automatic configuration starting at $30,600.
The 2007 Nissan 350Z Coupe Touring model is available with a 6-speed manual starting at $32,700 and with a 5-speed automatic configuration starting at $33,200. Touring models add a 7-speaker Boseâ audio system, heated power leather seats and, with manual transmission, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).
Nissan 350Z Coupe Grand Touring models start at $36,100 for the 6-speed manual configuration and $37,100 for the 5-speed automatic configuration, and add super-lightweight forged-alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, Brembo brakes and VDC for both the manual and automatic transmissions.
For 2007, the 350Z Roadster is offered in three models – Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring.
The 2007 Nissan 350Z Roadster Enthusiast with a 6-speed manual configuration starts at $35,550, while the 5-speed automatic configuration starts at $36,550. Both feature power seats, a glass rear window with rear defroster and a rear wind deflector.
The 350Z Roadster Touring trim adds a 7-speaker Boseâ audio system and heated leather seats and starts at $37,900 for the 6-speed manual configuration and $38,900 for the 5-speed automatic configuration.
The 350Z Roadster Grand Touring model adds Brembo brakes and standard VDC for both the 6-speed manual configuration, which starts at $40,250, and the 5-speed automatic configuration, which starts at $41,250.
“The enhancements to the legendary Z for 2007 are a case of taking a great car and great value and upping the standard considerably,” said Bosley. “Its new engine makes a dramatic difference, while the new hood adds a fresh appearance while keeping all the ‘Z-ness” that legions of dedicated Z buyers have come to love.”
|VQ35HR—3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine||S||S||S||S|
|306 hp @ 6,800 rpm|
|268 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm|
|Emissions — LEV2||S||S||S||S|
|Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS)||S||S||S||S|
|Hydraulic on intake cam|
|Electromagnetic on exhaust cam|
|Nissan Direct Ignition System||S||S||S||S|
|Iridium-tipped spark plugs||S||S||S||S|
|Electronic drive-by-wire throttle||S||S||S||S|
|Power-assisted brakes — 12.6" x 1.10"||S||S||S|
|vented front discs and 12.1" x 0.63" vented|
|Brembo® braking system||S|
|4-piston caliper with 12.8" x 1.18" vented front discs and |
2-piston caliper with 12.7" x 0.87" vented rear discs
|4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||S||S||S||S|
|Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)||S||S||S||S|
|Longitudinally mid-mounted front engine/rear-wheel drive||S||S||S||S|
|Carbon-fiber composite driveshaft||S||S||S||S|
|6-speed close-ratio manual transmission||S||S||S||S|
|5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and Downshift Rev Matching||O||O||O|
|Viscous limited-slip differential||S||S||S|
|Traction Control System (TCS)||S||S||S|
|Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)—M/T only on Touring||S||S|
|Suspension and Steering|
|Front: Independent 3-link aluminum-alloy suspension||S||S||S||S|
|Rear: Independent 4-link aluminum-alloy suspension with aluminum-alloy subframe||S||S||S||S|
|Front and rear stabilizer bars||S||S||S||S|
|Front and rear strut bar/brace||S||S||S||S|
|Ripple-control shock absorbers||S||S||S||S|
|Vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering||S||S||S||S|