The Roadster Grand Touring automatic is new for 2006. Carried over are all those features that make the 350Z such a performance bargain: carbon-fiber driveshaft, drive-by-wire throttle, anti-lock disc brakes vented front and rear with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Also during the design phase of the Z® Roadster, engineers devoted countless hours conducting wind tunnel tests. The three-lock, single latch system was created to give a more secure seal, while also making the opening and closing process easier. Its 0-60 time remains about 5. The tires generate lots of grip, even when driving in a rebellious manner.
Order a version with the excellent five-speed automatic, and you'll have a commuter for the daily stop-and-go that will still leave a grin on your face after a quick run down a favorite racer road. Additional reinforcement was added at the door openings and a triple-member was added to the seating area connecting the sides to the floor structure to provide enhanced rigidity. A small glass wind deflector is fitted between the seats to reduce the levels of turbulent air entering the cockpit. Three new exterior colors are available for 2006: Silver Alloy, Magnetic Black, and Interlagos Fire. This process made the Nismo 350Z a more capable track car than the other trim levels available at the time.
The were in their infant stage, but solidified by mid-2012. The only other changes for 2006 are new shades of sliver, red, and black, not that anyone will notice. And secondly, this means that the 350Z is now halfway through its life cycle, so its replacement is now only three years away. It is important here not to confuse the terms of curb weight of 350Z and its gross weight. The cars used are heavily modified and had a longer nose and tail requiring the production of the Type-E homologation special , carbon fiber bodywork, and a tube chassis. Add the convenience features that come standard, such as automatic temperature control and a premium stereo even in the base Z, and the price is compelling.
Other functional upgrades include larger wheels, more responsive power steering, better brakes, improved lighting and added audio features. Currently, external design highlights include: sloping style arched roof line, unique brushed aluminium door handles, high waistline, and bulging fenders that are pushed out to the corners of the vehicle. Other standard Z® design elements include an aluminum hood, distinctive vertical door handles and heated outside mirrors. The leather-wrapped steering wheel looks and feels great, and comes with cruise controls. For 2006, the standard rack-and-pinion steering system receives a new vehicle speed-sensitive power assist, which provides comfortable steering effort at both low and high speeds. Both a 6-speed close-ratio manual and 5-speed automatic transmissions are available manual transmission only on Coupe Track model. The 2006 350Z Roadster is offered in three well-equipped models — Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring.
Drive-by-wire technology reduces mechanical weight and complexity. Passengers often grope for the door release the first time they try to get out, distracted by the big grab handles adorned with genuine aluminum and relieved by the Z's dot motif. They got all the important stuff right. A built-in seat heater is also available for those sundown rides. Aggressive side bolsters grip the waist to hold the driver in place, especially in the Roadster models, which give the driver a more aggressively bolstered seatback. For 2006, all six-speed manual transmission models get the 300-horsepower engine.
It has a longer nose and rear overhang, as well as several add-ons for aerodynamic purposes. The short-throw shifter feels good, and it's effective. The meaty gearchange is also unchanged, as is that amazing exhaust rasp, but Nissan has decided to fit bigger brake rotors on non-Brembo and Brembo-equipped models — and more brakes is never a bad thing. Criticisms tend to be directed towards the grade of interior plastics, greater curb weight than its competitors, cabin ergonomics and engine refinement. Nissan says the 350Z was designed to be a sports car an enthusiast can live with every day. Each provides sports car lovers high performance excitement and dynamic driving experience, with a style all its own.
The interior is the weakest link, but you can get comfortable with a little time spent living with it. A key component to reducing interior noise is a tempered glass wind deflector located between the seats that directs wind out and over the cabin. The brace is finished to match the rest of the rear compartment and carries a Z® logo, which is visible from outside the vehicle. The Z® also features a lightweight, one-piece, carbon fiber reinforced plastic driveshaft unit. Aluminum block and heads reduce engine weight, contributing to improved fuel economy and performance.
The bulging fenders and fastback and short front and rear overhangs give the Coupe its aggressive stance. The headlights look the same, but aren't; both beams are now xenon high-intensity discharge units. Tire noise at cruising speed gets downright annoying. . Previously hard plastic, the door panels now match softer-touch uppers with padded cloth or leather lower elements, and each also adds a cupholder. The 2006 350Z Roadster is offered in three well-equipped models — Enthusiast, Touring and Grand Touring. The manual transmission features close-ratio gearing from 1st to 5th speed ranges for high-performance driving and an overdrive 6th speed for long-legged highway fuel economy and reduced engine noise.
Go for the optional five-speed autoshifter, and those figures hold at 287 and 274, respectively. The long list of standard equipment includes automatic temperature control, a lockable rear luggage box behind the passenger seat, center console with solid aluminum look, power windows with auto one-touch up and down, power door locks, aluminum pedals except base model and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver except base model. So is a tire pressure monitoring system. The 240Z concept was produced for the for the following August and September. It's smooth and has a distinctive sound, the sound of a big sports car engine.