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Nissan gives the 350Z a heart transplant to see it out to the next-generation model
7 May 2007
By CHRIS HARRIS
NISSAN has revamped one of its greatest ever models with a new heart. The MY07 350Z has an engine that is said to be almost 80 per cent different, offering more power and better driveability but with no increase in price or fuel consumption. With one or two exceptions, the changes spell forward progress for a series that continues to capture and built upon the spirit of the original 1969 Datsun 240Z.
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Nissan Z33 350Z MY06Released: December 2005
Ended: May 2007
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Effectively a ‘Series II’ Z33 350Z, the MY06 model brought a small but effective facelift (bumpers, tail-lights, air intake), a retrimmed cabin and a more powerful 3.5-litre V6 engine in the six-speed manual Touring and Track models, producing 221kW. But, despite improved driveability, there was a torque drop of 10Nm to 353Nm, while the five-speed automatic versions made do with the old 3.5-litre V6’s 206kW and 363Nm. The Nissan’s ride quality was also improved. Unfortunately, however, VDC stability control was only available in the now-manual only Track model, so automatic 350Z drivers miss out.
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