Nissan Previews 2006 350Z Roadster in Sydney
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14th October, 2005
Nissan’s iconic 36-year-old flagship sports car, the 350Z, goes on show at the Australian Motor Show with new features, including a more powerful engine, as well as enhancements to its exterior and interior.
The 350Z is available in more than 95 countries and has sold around 1.6 million units worldwide since 1969. The current fifth-generation Z (Z33 model) alone has sold a total of about 160,000 units globally since its release in July 2002.
As part of the 2006 model year update, the 350Z is now available with a 221kW engine across the range. The 350Z's VQ35DE engine - the same engine that powers the 350Z anniversary model – has been boosted to 221 kW on six-speed manual models, up from 206 kW. Engine power was increased by improving induction efficiency with larger-diameter air ducts and retuning the valve timing, among other improvements.
All touring models now receive 17-inch brake discs (up from 16-inch), for improved thermal capacity (reduced brake fade) and improved feel.
While continuing the basic design cues popular among customers, the Z's exterior styling has been enhanced thanks to a redesigned front bumper and new Xenon headlamps, as well as the addition of high-brightness light-emitting diode (LED) rear combination lamps. The remodelled Z has also been given newly styled 18-inch aluminium wheels which are now standard on all grades.
The interior features greater use of authentic aluminium accents, soft-feel materials, additional storage spaces, an optimised control switch layout and other refinements which enhance the Z's quality and convenience.
Additional storage spaces include a cardholder, cargo net at the bottom of the front passenger's seat, illuminated beverage holders in both doors and larger door pocket openings for increased practicality for occupants.
The 2006 model year 350Z line-up consists of five models - three Coupes and two Roadsters. The Touring Coupe is available with either the six-speed manual transmission for $62,990* or the five-speed automatic for $64,990*. The Track Coupe is now available with a manual transmission only for $67,990*. The Roadster is available as either a manual-only Track for $73,990* or automatic-only Touring for the same price.
The Nissan stand in Hall 3 will have a 2006 model year 350Z Roadster on display from 14th to 23rd October.
*Recommended retail pricing does not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.