Nissan 350Z Roadster
By Jeremy Clarkson of The Sunday Times
Too polite to be a beast
"The 350Z, then, feels like a mishmash; like a Japanese car designed by an Indian from Leicester in America and then altered for Europe.
Which shouldn't be a surprise because that’s exactly what it is. And worse, when you’re at a party and someone asks what you’re driving you have to say: “A Datsun with a Renault engine.”
Clarkson on the Nissan 350Z Roadster.
My Opinion: I once drove a 2004 Grey Nissan 350Z Coupe and I have to be brutally honest:
I Was disappointed.
The car wasn't particularly fast in let's say in a "Sports Car" sort of way. It was more like a Rapid Motorway Cruiser, rather than a real Beast. Sure it did had Torque but Not that "Neck Snapping" Acceleration. The engine didn't growl or even humble - it sounded "normal". And actually, it was quite noisy at high speeds.
The Handling also wasn't specially breathtaking. It did go around bends, but it lacked the same precision as a BMW 330Ci. The steering was too light and the ride very stiff. Brakes were good though.
Very Uncomfortable. Seats are hard and the headroom is mediocre for tall people. Boot size is a Joke.
The Build Quality was suspect. The one I drove, was already with a rattle from the Glovebox area, and the plastics were too cheap and flimsy.
At least it was a nice looking car, if not a bit of "Porsche Styling Rip-Off".
In my conclusion: It wasn't a bad car. But somewhat disappointing for a sport coupe. Not bad but not good - Just Boring as most of the Nissans.