Back in the early 2000s, Nissan wasn't quite sure what to replace the iconic 300ZX with after they discontinued production on it. Nissan showcased a few concept cars to keep fans happy, but they kind of failed in the process as what they came up with resembled more of a British sportscar than a true JDM sports car.
However, an automotive designer named Ajay Panchal managed to sketch up a scribble that took Nissan by surprise, and designed the 350Z that we're all familiar with today.
The engineers at Nissan squeezed in a naturally aspirated 3.5 litre V6 into the large space at the front of the new Japanese coupe. Furthermore, they released three versions of the Nissan 350Z, the base model, the performance version – which basically had bigger spoilers and bigger brakes – and then the top version with the heated leather seats, and all the bells and whistles you could imagine!
But, fast forward nearly two decades and the Nissan 350Z, although replaced by its bigger brother, the 370Z, and imminently by the 400ZX, the legendary 350Z still has a soft spot in the hearts of many car enthusiasts around the world. And, best of all, they are available and rather cheap to buy and, on top of all that, there are countless aftermarket parts available too.
But, the thing is that, buying a 3.5 litre V6 in today's day and age is a rather costly decision in terms of running costs and taxes. Furthermore, the 350Z has always been on the exclusive side of the scale, and has a large performance-based heritage so you can expect to pay more for the right size tyres, and brakes also cost a pretty penny.
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