Debuting in 2003, the 2008 Nissan 350Z continue to offer plenty of performance and sports appeal for a reasonable price. Little to no updates have been made since its inception, but the 2008 offerings continue to rise in popularity, especially with the introduction of the new Nismo.
The 2008 Nissan 350Z comes in two body styles and a variety of trim packages with appropriate luxuries for this class. All models come standard with the powerful V-6 engine, with more than adequate horsepower and torque output. The Nismo introduces a new standard for handling within the 350Z lineup, in addition to other performance upgrades from speed to a specially tuned suspension. For consumers, the Nissan 350Z continues to be an affordable sports car option compared to Nissan’s higher-priced GT-R line.
Body Styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.5 liter V-6
Transmissions: automatic, manual
Models: Nissan 350Z, Nissan 350Z Enthusiast, Nissan 350Z Touring, Nissan 350Z Grand Touring, Nissan 350Z Nismo
The 2008 Nissan 350Z sees no updates, yet the car still looks modern and fresh when compared to others in its category. The sleek and sporty exterior continues to catch eyes and offer a practical option for those searching for a decently priced sports car. The most recent model, the Nismo, boasts performance and power, and it surpasses other 2008 models.
Although little changes for the 2008 Nissan 350Z you can still find a trim level that meets all of your needs. In terms of body style, consumers can shop from the coupe or convertible options. Available trim packages include the base, Enthusiast, Touring, Grand Touring, and Nismo. Starting with the base (only available in the coupe) and the Enthusiast you get 18-inch wheels and bi-xenon headlights. The Grand Touring differs with front and rear spoilers added, along with customized wheels. The Nismo mimics the Grand Touring in terms of wheels but lacks some of its other luxuries to make room for performance and driving enhancements.
At first glance the materials utilized to create the interior dashboard may appear low-grade, but that does not signify missing components. Within arm’s reach you can access all the major controls, including the instrument panel that moves in conjunction with the tilt steering wheel. The base offers standard automatic climate control in addition to a CD/MP3 player and all power accessories. Moving up in trim packages drivers get a premium Bose audio system with satellite radio in the Touring, along with power seats and Bluetooh in the coupe. The convertible also offers heated leather seating. Take note of the navigation system that provides an optional feature on both the Touring and Grand Touring. Drivers who opt for the sportier 350Z Nismo benefit from sleek, red and black, cloth seats along with a tachometer.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Nissan 350Z sports car offers all the high horsepower and torque numbers drivers expect. Its 3.5-liter V-6 boasts 306 horsepower while offering 268 lb-ft of torque. Consumers can choose from a manual transmission in all models except the Enthusiast which uses an automatic. If you want speed behind the wheel look no further than the Nismo that reaches 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Regardless of the model you selection, expect a smooth ride that rivals some of the higher-priced sports cars in its class.
Safety features abound throughout the 2008 Nissan 350Z. It includes standard anti-lock disc brakes. A full five-star rating in government crash tests for side-impact testing and a noteworthy four-star rating for front-impact testing attest to the 350Z’s safety. On the Grand Touring and Touring drivers benefit from stability control. All models, except the base, offer standard traction control, and the base, Enthusiast, Grand Touring, and Touring add side-curtain airbags. Side-curtain airbags come standard on the Nismo and remain optional otherwise.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan 350Z Coupe: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Nissan 350Z Convertible: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Nissan 350Z Nismo: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Capable V-6 engine
- Sleek body style
- Affordable price tag
You Won't Like
- Low-grade interior features
- Poor rear visibility
- Average fuel economy
Continues to offer quality performance for the price.
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