2008 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 Nissan 350Z - Road Test Specs

2008 Nissan 350Z Coupe

(3.5L V6 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
StyleEnthusiast 2dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$30,210
Options on test vehicleCarpeted Floor Mats, Nogaro Red, Side Airbags/Head Curtains
As-tested MSRP$31,660


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498cc (213 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.6
Redline (rpm)7,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)306 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)268 @ 4,800
Transmission type6-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I:3.794, II:2.32, III:1.624, IV:1.271, V:1.000, VI:0.794, R:3.446


Suspension, frontIndependent, multilink and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink and stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.9
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelPotenza RE050A
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, frontP245/45R18 W
Tire size, rearP245/45R18 W
Wheel size18 by 8.0 inches front -- 18 by 8.5 inches rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy, painted finish
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.9
0-60 mph (sec.)5.6
0-75 mph (sec.)8.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.7 @ 103.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.91
Sound level @ idle (dB)49.2
@ Full throttle (dB)87.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)72.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLaunches are pretty repeatable but not very snappy.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsGood balance between firm pedal and ability to modulate brake pressure. Exceptional resistance to brake fade.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsShift feels heavy... nicely balanced on the limit of grip, but steering feels unnecessarily heavy; crisp turn-in; lifting/breathing off throttle will walk the rear out predictably. If it had just a little more power, or better yet ? LESS WEIGHT ? it'd be even more nimble and responsive (esp. through last gate in slalom).

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)73.5

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/25 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.51
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,327
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,325
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53/47
Length (in.)169.8
Width (in.)71.5
Height (in.)52.1
Wheelbase (in.)104.3
Track, front (in.)60.5
Track, rear (in.)60.6
Turning circle (ft.)35.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.6
Headroom, front (in.)38.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.6
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)6.8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional side airbags
Head airbagsOptional head airbags
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance5 stars

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