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CAR OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2009

2008 Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring Review

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A three-quarter front view of a gray 2008 Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring

In short: A fun, well-rounded and value-focused convertible.

Though it wasn’t built for run-of-the-mill driving, the Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring is a good value as far as sports cars go. This unendingly fun-to-drive toy is great for romantic weekend escapades and costs nearly half as much as its cousin, the Nissan GT-R. The Z Roadster flaunts a curvaceous body along with a powered soft top, making an intimate evening of stargazing a breeze. Under the hood is a 306-horsepower V6 engine capable of propelling this nimble-handling convertible from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Decent vented disc brakes on all four wheels help bring the dynamo to a stop.

An interior view of a 2008 Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring

Inside the car’s rather cozy cabin are two perforated leather-appointed seats (both powered and heatable) and a seven-speaker Bose audio system with a six-disc CD player and a subwoofer, ideal for when you want to turn up the bass. Other features include an automatic temperature control system, a rear glass window, power and heated sideview mirrors, and conveniently illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

A three-quarter rear view of a gray 2008 Nissan 350Z Roadster Touring

Read reviews of the 2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe
and 2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $37,980 / As tested: $38,700

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6
Horsepower: 306 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque: 268 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed close-ratio manual

Curb weight:
3,595 lbs
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 169.8/71.5/52.1 in

Brakes:
vented discs on all wheels with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist
Suspension: independent multi-link in front and rear with stabilizer bars and ripple-control shock absorbers
Traction: traction control system

0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds
60-0 mph: 112 ft

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety:
dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt sensors and occupant-classification sensor; seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags; tire pressure monitoring system; pipe-style steel side-door guard beams; front and rear crumple zones; energy-absorbing steering column; active head restraints

 

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