I once owned an 04 GT (the version with the stupidly heavy clutch - a built in gym for your left leg). I've driven both editions since and must say they do feel different. I went from a Honda Civic Type R to this and, although it wasn't much quicker, it was a completely new challenge. I first felt it was a waste of time because it was a super-car lookalike with super-car fuel consumption (compared to the Honda) and fell well short of super-car performance. I kept the traction control on for a month, gradually learning when it was interfering... Then I started to DRIVE the thing amd it was brilliant fun. But there was one problem... it was FUN in the DRY, but when has it been dry in the past 3 years? The rear wheel drive is a real menace! Nissan have steadily improved the cabin and the drive and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who only wants to drive it hard in the dry conditions but if it is wet, forget it. Keep your ESP on and don't do anything naughty! In the end my 350Z was killed in a tragic, non-speeding related accident. A skip truck driver didn't see me and thought he just went over something... he did! I've got an Audi S5 now, much better handling but not a racing car although I'm sure it'd do this around a racetrack. The latest version feels very torquey and will deliver plenty of fun, fuel consumption is better than S5's 20mpg. Only 3/5 due to necessity of a drought to make it worthwhile to keep for racing/track day purposes.
Last month I bought the my 350Z GT Coupe and I can't seem to wipe the smile off my face. My wife is convinced I'm having an affair. Having driven an Merc. CLK auto for the last two years, the Z gear box took a little getting used to, especially when cold but once you get used to the fact that it performs best when pushed, the car becomes a real driving experience. Power from 0-2000 revs is low but once you hit 2000 to 4000 the car launches forward and leaves your insides behind! Motorway sliproads are becoming my favorite place as acceleration in 3rd. gear to 85mph is a joy to feel and hear. The interior of the car is greatly improved from the 2006 version I'm told and I have no complaints on that score. The air conditioning actually works, not like a merc! I'm getting 24 mpg at the moment but as it has been said, if you're worried about fuel consumption you're in the wrong car. Overall I'd recommend to anyone who wants to "drive" a car rather than get from a to b comfortably. One last tip - don't turn off the traction control unless you have a lot of space either side of the road and can afford new rear wheels. Keep the beast in it's cage and you'll every minute you're behind the wheel.
I have the 5spd auto-tiptronic doo dahh. I have driven the manual and the two simply do not compare. Auto is best and faster by a considerable margin. The car is angled specifically at the car enthusiast. The suspension is hard yes, but leans towards handling and feel, rather than total comfort, but you get so much information through the steering wheel it is an absolute joy. The brakes are superb and fade resitant when pressing on. The handling dynamics are wonderfully neutral and you get plenty of warning before the back slides and if you drive fast in the wet then you deserve to visit the hedge of doom. The engine is unburstable and has a lovely low down torque. Best tires to fit are Pirelli Zero Rossos , Bridgestones are rubbish and incredibly noisy. Running costs are cheap as chips , MPG is 27mpg with a bit of vigorous driving. Reliability is unsurpassed, nothing has gone wrong in 65,000miles , nothing at all. Nurburgring 8mins 30, Nuff said. My car is in the repairers as we speak due to some idiot crashing in to the back of me. My replacement car is a 2007 audi tt 3.2V6 manual , and I have to be blunt, I have never come across a car that is so wrong in almost every respect, the engine is over balanced and takes ages to reduce revs between shifts which makes quick changes v jerky, its chassis is like driving a bowl of jelly with jelly wheels, the boot is the size of a small shoe, MPG av of 14.6!!!!, I wouldnt have the audi even as a gift. 350z rules. Period.
the best coupe by a mile .great to drive . if you worried about petrol buy something eles .i have mine since march 07 and can fault it .
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