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Nissan 350Z
Appears in Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Manufacturer Nissan
Years Active 2002-2009

The Nissan 350Z (Fairlady Z Z33 in Japan) is a Japanese sports car model built by Nissan. The model first appeared as the Nissan Z Concept in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec and has appeared under the Z33 or 350Z monikers in Gran Turismo 4,Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 5, and Gran Turismo 6.

OverviewEdit

The Nissan Fairlady Z/Roadster was sold as the 350Z/Roadster outside Japan.

The 2001 Detroit Motor Show saw the rebirth of Nissan's Z sports car after a five year hiatus. Under the leadership of company president Carlos Ghosn, it was totally recreated, coming with a price tag under $30,000.

The Z33 Fairlady Z was a 2-seater that utilized Nissan's new FM platform that provided the foundation for the V35 Skyline sedan (Infiniti G35). Under the hood was the company's trusted VQ35DE, also the same as the Skyline. It was a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6, and in the Z's case, produced 276 HP and 267.6 ft-lb of torque. The transmission of choice was the 6-speed manual.

Sharing components with the Skyline worked in favor for the Z because it brought overall cost down. In Japan, there were a number of trim levels offered: The base model, which came with Brembo brakes, the S version that sported 18-in. wheels, the T version with a 5-speed automatic, and the ST, which presented the most luxurious version of the group.

The following year saw the introduction of a convertible version. At the same time, the coupe underbody was upgraded and ran even smoother. Things got more interesting with the 35th anniversary model that upped the V-6's power to 296 HP. In collaboration with Gran Turismo 4, a limited edition model also came onto the scene in Europe.

BackgroundEdit

After the Nissan 300ZX was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1996, Nissan initially tried to keep the Z name alive by re-creating the 240Z the following year. The car was conceived by Nissan's North American design team in their free time, and the concept was introduced in a four state Road Show in July 1998 to various car media, dealers and employees. Yutaka Katayama, regarded as the "Father of the Z" unveiled the Z concept sketch to the public when he received a motor industry award. The design, representing a modern vision of the 240Z, did not please the original 240Z designer Yoshihiko Matsuo, who compared it to the Bluebird and Leopard.

The 240Z concept was produced for the Detroit Motor Show for the following August and September. Nissan was unhappy with the first design as they felt the original 200 bhp (149 kW; 203 PS) 2.4 L engine known as the KA24DE that was going to be assigned made the car feel underpowered, they also felt the car was considered too "retro" or too "backward" resembling a futuristic 240Z; thus, a redesign was commissioned. During a press conference in February 2000, president Carlos Ghosn announced plans to produce the car as he felt the new model would help to assist the company's recovery.

Z Concept was unveiled in Detroit Motor Show two years later, which was similar in body shape but with a new front end. The car then underwent a minor redesign and was eventually assigned the VQ35DE engine, hence becoming known as the 350Z.

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In Gran TurismoEdit

Several variants of the 350Z appear from GT3 onwards:

Gran Turismo 3: A-SpecEdit

Gran Turismo 4Edit

Gran Turismo PSPEdit

Gran Turismo 5Edit

Premium CarsEdit

Standard CarsEdit

Gran Turismo 6Edit

Detailed CarsEdit

Simple CarsEdit

  • All Standard Cars from GT5

350Z by other manufacturersEdit

Occasionally, a tuning company releases a version of the 350Z. Several of these can be found in Gran Turismo:

NismoEdit

Amuse/Opera PerformanceEdit

GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Appears in GT5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Appears in GT4

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