2005 Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary Edition review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 6 July 2006 , 09:07:28 byEmil

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Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary Edition

Nissan marked the 35th anniversary of the debut of the original Datsun 240Z sports car by announcing details of the special Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary model. The commemorative model, one of six 350Z Coupe models offered in 2005 (along with three 2005 Nissan 350Z Roadster models), is highlighted by a higher performance version of the Z?s standard 3.5-liter V6. The engine, which is available only with the 6-speed manual transmission, produces 300 horsepower versus the standard 287-horsepower V6. The 35th Anniversary Z makes its industry debut at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas on November 2nd, followed by its first public appearance at the Miami Auto Show in early November. ?Surviving 35 years does not make a sports car a classic. But power, style and class leadership certainly does,? said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. ?This new 35th Anniversary represents the highest expression so far of the Z ? and Nissan ? and takes its place in a long line of extraordinary performance vehicles.? The 35th Anniversary Z?s engine has been modified using revised pistons and camshaft and the addition of electronic exhaust valve timing control. The same engine will also be available as standard equipment on the 2005 350Z Track model (6MT only), which also goes on sale in early 2005. Other key 35th Anniversary Z equipment (standard on both 6-speed manual and 5-speed automatic equipped versions) includes unique 18-inch cast aluminum-alloy wheels, front and rear spoilers, Brembo brakes and special Z badging. The 35th Anniversary Z is offered in just three colors ? Ultra Yellow, Super Black and Silverstone. The new Ultra Yellow exterior color utilizes a new high-luminance and high-chroma pearl pigment and three layers of top coat (with separate color pigment and pearl pigment layers) to create an almost ?liquid? surface appearance. The 35th Anniversary Z also is available with unique, optional black-and-tan leather-appointed seats (except with the Ultra Yellow interior). All 2005 350Z models, including the new 35th Anniversary model, receive a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), heated outside mirrors, wider view side mirrors and front seat lifter. Automatic transmission equipped models are now outfitted with downshift rev matching for smoother shifting, and manual transmission models now come with reduced clutch pedal effort for easier operation. The optional navigation system (available on 35th Anniversary and Touring models only) now has a faster system processor. The 350Z 35th Anniversary is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in January 2005.