The exterior of the 350Z looks good, but has lost some of the visual impact of the original Z Concept car as it has made the transition to production. The interior of the 350Z is very driver focused with the deep body hugging sports seats providing excellent support. The dashboard is dominated by a large rev counter which adjusts with the steering wheel.
The lack of rear seats does impact the practicality of this coupe, but no where near as much as the suspension brace between the two rear shock absorber mounting points. This brace divides the boot in two and means that it is now impossible to get a suitcase into the boot.
Starting the engine and pressing the accelerator for the first time leaves you in no doubt that this car means business. The V6 engine produces a powerful growl from its twin exhaust pipes. Looking at the performance figures the 350Z is a very quick car. However from the driving seat the performance fails to live up to my expectations. This may be due to the power delivery characteristics of the engine. The steering is weighty and precise with lots of fell. The brakes are powerful with a firm peddle. The gearbox was has a short throw and is easy to use in combination with the reasonably light clutch. The car feels heavy and solid yet there is little body roll and the car rides uneven road surfaces well.
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