Nissan 350Z GT4 Edition | Spotted

Nissan 350Z GT4 Edition | Spotted

Thursday 9th January

Nissan 350Z GT4 Edition | Spotted

Two decades after it was confirmed - and as the GT4 turns 15 - what better time to celebrate the 350Z?



Once upon a time in the 1990s, with the 300ZX dead and the Nissan line up looking about as sexy as a hospital gown, the powers that be came to landmark decision: the Z car was going to be revived for the 21stΒ century, and its halo status would help resuscitate the firm's ailing reputation.Β 

Have you seen the first attempt?Β The 1999 Nissan Z Concept, shown at the North American International Auto Show, was a bit naff. It rode too high, looked too plain, and was fitted with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. A four-cylinder Z car! Perish the thought. Still, in February 2000, then-recently appointed CEO Carlos Ghosn (whatever happened to him, etc) insisted that Nissan pursue a sports car project with the greatest vigour, to turn Nissan’s collective fortunes around. Alright, so the later crossovers would do more for the bottom line, but never underestimate the benefit of having a rear-drive sports car in the showroom.Β 


A couple of years later an updated concept was shown, and the 350Z as we know it was launched in Britain in 2003. It was an instant hit: good looking, fast, great value and decent to drive, it was the ideal sports car for those who found a TT a bit limp and a Monaro just a bit too hairy chested. This is years before the Porsche Cayman, don’t forget. The 350Z left an impression that its successor, the 370Z, never quite lived up to, despite employing a broadly similar template. The 350 was the right car at just the right time for Nissan.

Then, for the 2005 model year, Nissan created a 35thΒ anniversary 350Z, in much the same way it’s doing a 50thΒ anniversary 370 now - to mark the birthday of the original 240Z. Only this one was a little bit different to any special edition Zed created before or since, because it was also available to drive in Gran Turismo 4, which was launched on December 28th, 2004 (belated happy 15thΒ birthday to a brilliant game). As the UK 35thΒ Anniversary cars were sold with a PlayStation 2 and a copy of the game as part of the Β£2,500 premium that also included another 20hp - now that’s what you call value - the car very quickly became known as the 350Z GT4.


Over here we received 176 cars, either Ultra Yellow or Kuro Black. Unsurprisingly, the car was received well at launch, because it was basically just another 350Z. Only now with 300hp, instead of 280. But this particular GT4, #72 of 176, is especially notable, as it’s covered a paltry 11,000 miles in its 15-year life. As such it’s listed at POA since, well, what is a special edition 350Z with basically a year’s worth of driving on it actually worth? (As a point of reference, the same dealer also has a yellow one available, showing 68,000 miles and with an Β£8,680 asking price.)

Although it’s hard to imagine the GT4 becoming much more collectible than any other 350Z (unless Kazunori Yamauchi starts buying them all up in an enormous vanity project), the car serves as a welcome reminder of the 350Z’s merits - and just what a huge deal Gran Turismo was. Perhaps it still is, but in the same way that the 350Z was launched at an ideal time, so the GT4 couldn’t have arrived at a better moment for the appreciation of both car and the game. There’s a suspicion, too, that the 350Z’s old-school appeal might be a little more charming than that of a PS2 and Gran Turismo’s 15-year-old graphics, though it would be fun to find out for sure. Wonder if they’ll be able to throw a console in as part of the deal?


SPECIFICATION - NISSAN 350Z GT4

Engine: 3,498cc, V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 300@6,400rpm
Torque (lb ft): 260@4,800rpm
MPG: 26.2
CO2: 280g/km
First registered: April 2005
Recorded mileage: 11,000
Price new: Β£29,500
Yours for: Β£POA

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cerb4.5lee

Original Poster:

13,372 posts

129 months

Thursday 9th January
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I've always loved these and I remember sitting in this model(in Yellow) at the Autosport show when they first came out. I have a 370Z now and I love it. I think they are great cars to drive and they have a very nice old school charm to them.

ate one too

1,743 posts

95 months

Thursday 9th January
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I bought a brand new Ultra Yellow GT4 in 2005.

It was a fabulous slightly hairy-chested car to look at and drive - sold it two years later but I still have the unopened PlayStation game thing somewhere ... I've never been into playing computer games...

robman23

40 posts

134 months

Thursday 9th January
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Love these cars, they still look good by today's standards and I must agree that these are superior over the 370z, they just feel more raw. As a daily driver im sure i'd prefer a 370z. Good post though, never knew about the ps2 bundle

Smitters

2,969 posts

106 months

Thursday 9th January
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I owned a leggy one a while back. My Ultra Yellow 350Z While in hindsight it was a great car, it wasn't the car I wanted at the time, so I never really bonded with it. I've yet to get into a more competent GT car though. It ate Gloucester to Aberdeen in one tank of comfort with no problems. Think I paid £6 something k and sold for high threes, because I couldn't find a buyer who wanted a GT4, so it went for normal 350Z prices, but of course, to a guy who knew full well what he was getting!

RudeDog

1,493 posts

123 months

Thursday 9th January
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The 350Z is a brilliant car. Definitely one of my favourite cars in terms of overall ownership experience.

Mileage looks questionable on this one however. I had a 350Z GT with the same seats and after 70,000 miles my interior looked better than this one with only 11,000.

cerb4.5lee

Original Poster:

13,372 posts

129 months

Thursday 9th January
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robman23 said:
Love these cars, they still look good by today's standards and I must agree that these are superior over the 370z, they just feel more raw. As a daily driver im sure i'd prefer a 370z.
It does fascinate me as to why the 370z hasn't took off as well as the 350z did...when they are pretty much exactly the same car.

It was a long time ago when I drove a 350z(2006) but I don't recall it feeling that much different to my 370z. I've always liked the shape of the 350z but I do like the more edgy styling of the 370z too.

I think by the time the 370z launched punters didn't want thirsty bigger engined cars anymore, and diesel and more fuel efficient cars were starting to be the way forward. Maybe that has a bearing on It.

I had an incredible lust for the 350z back in 2003 because I had my S14a 200sx then and this seemed a natural step up. It was on my shopping list in 2006 but I went for the Cerbera instead. I'd still like a 350z though at some stage.

V8fan

2,592 posts

217 months

Thursday 9th January
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I had a 2005 350Z GT for 18 months from late 2016. (You need the 'GT' spec to get electric leather seats, cruise control and BOSE sound). Graphite grey with orange (officially 'alezan') seats.

I enjoyed the power, the way it looked and it was comfortable. BUT, the underneath crumbles away, cross-struts have no corrosion protection. The inner wings and rear base of the car have bare paint, not the slightest bit of underbody protection. The rear wheel arches had rust on both sides coming through on a car with only 60k miles on it. And yes, they were cleaned out regularly frown

A bit of extra power would be nice but you're on the threshold of £570 p.a. VED if you get a rev 2 from 2006. This GT4 model would be great but check underneath!!

snorkel sucker

2,474 posts

152 months

Thursday 9th January
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Love the 350Z. I have fond memories of the red one I owned back in 2007. It was no sports car but as a GT car it was fantastic; gutsy sonorous engine, benign but exploitable chassis and chunky looks that I think have aged well, and makes the car a better looker than the 370Z.

I have some great memories of the fantastic community of 350Z owners too; a massive drive out on some of North Wales roads stands out and I recall many of us cooing over a yellow GT4.

I think the biggest change to the engine was it breathed a bit better than the good but not quite as good 280bhp version. I think this uprated engine then made it into the facelifted 350Z that followed the GT4.

JoyCV8

203 posts

93 months

Thursday 9th January
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I've never really been a fan of Japanese cars but have always admired these from afar. Nearly 10 years ago I was in the market for a rwd coupe and ended up going for one of its rivals, a Monaro which I still own and have never regretted purchasing. I've never driven a 350Z (except on GT) and have long wondered how the driving experience compared to V8 I went for and still fancy a go in a well sorted one.

TameRacingDriver

12,781 posts

221 months

Thursday 9th January
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I enjoyed mine when I had it.

Unfortunately I bought mine when petrol was the highest price it's ever been. I'm good like that hehe

Not that fast but plenty of grunt and a wonderful noise.

Really comfortable but not a sharp handler, definitely more of a 7/10ths type of car.

Considered getting one again this year but to be honest a bit thirsty for the performance these days. Most will probably be as rotten as a pear underneath.

Digsy

101 posts

162 months

Thursday 9th January
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snorkel sucker said:
Love the 350Z. I have fond memories of the red one I owned back in 2007. It was no sports car but as a GT car it was fantastic; gutsy sonorous engine, benign but exploitable chassis and chunky looks that I think have aged well, and makes the car a better looker than the 370Z.

I have some great memories of the fantastic community of 350Z owners too; a massive drive out on some of North Wales roads stands out and I recall many of us cooing over a yellow GT4.

I think the biggest change to the engine was it breathed a bit better than the good but not quite as good 280bhp version. I think this uprated engine then made it into the facelifted 350Z that followed the GT4.
Hi mate!! I'd have been on that run in Wales as I was moderating the 350Z forum at the time. IIRC we had at least 2 mods with yellow GT4s and one of the guys still has his - a proper garage queen it is too.

The 350Z was one of my favourite cars to own (I had two...) and I often think about bagging another. When I got rid of my last one in 2008, the rust issue hadn't surfaced but it would make me cautious now.

cerb4.5lee

Original Poster:

13,372 posts

129 months

Thursday 9th January
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TameRacingDriver said:
I enjoyed mine when I had it.

Unfortunately I bought mine when petrol was the highest price it's ever been. I'm good like that hehe
I'm the same! biggrin

I was running a E92 M3 as my daily when petrol was at its highest price! banghead

I don't use my 370Z much so the petrol doesn't hurt me at all now...the £570 tax still does though! hehe

edoverheels

83 posts

54 months

Thursday 9th January
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I have recently bought a 370Z.
I looked at 350Zs but went for a 370 because, controversially, I actually prefer the look of them and the interior felt a lot better. Couldn't really tell a huge difference in the driving experience just from brief test drives but were both obviously similar and cut from the same cloth.
Mine has an aftermarket (but not too shouty) exhaust that sounds quite cultured and I have put coilovers on it. As stated by others it seems more GT than sports car but that is why I bought it to use as a reliable comfy daily driver. May not be a sports car but there is a lot of mechanical grip but engine is a bit breathless over 6000 even though it is redlined at 7500.
Given how popular the 350Z was, the tiny number of 370Zs around is a surprise.
20-22mpg is probably the answer. If petrol prices go mad I could convert it to LPG!

TameRacingDriver

12,781 posts

221 months

Thursday 9th January
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cerb4.5lee said:
TameRacingDriver said:
I enjoyed mine when I had it.

Unfortunately I bought mine when petrol was the highest price it's ever been. I'm good like that hehe
the £570 tax still does though! hehe
Oh yes. Being good like that, I also managed to buy a 2006 276 bhp model, arguably the worst of all worlds, high VED and low power laugh

cerb4.5lee

Original Poster:

13,372 posts

129 months

Thursday 9th January
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TameRacingDriver said:
cerb4.5lee said:
TameRacingDriver said:
I enjoyed mine when I had it.

Unfortunately I bought mine when petrol was the highest price it's ever been. I'm good like that hehe
the £570 tax still does though! hehe
Oh yes. Being good like that, I also managed to buy a 2006 276 bhp model, arguably the worst of all worlds, high VED and low power laugh
biglaugh

snorkel sucker

2,474 posts

152 months

Thursday 9th January
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Digsy said:
snorkel sucker said:
Love the 350Z. I have fond memories of the red one I owned back in 2007. It was no sports car but as a GT car it was fantastic; gutsy sonorous engine, benign but exploitable chassis and chunky looks that I think have aged well, and makes the car a better looker than the 370Z.

I have some great memories of the fantastic community of 350Z owners too; a massive drive out on some of North Wales roads stands out and I recall many of us cooing over a yellow GT4.

I think the biggest change to the engine was it breathed a bit better than the good but not quite as good 280bhp version. I think this uprated engine then made it into the facelifted 350Z that followed the GT4.
Hi mate!! I'd have been on that run in Wales as I was moderating the 350Z forum at the time. IIRC we had at least 2 mods with yellow GT4s and one of the guys still has his - a proper garage queen it is too.

The 350Z was one of my favourite cars to own (I had two...) and I often think about bagging another. When I got rid of my last one in 2008, the rust issue hadn't surfaced but it would make me cautious now.
Good times! That North Wales drive was fantastic. Big line of 350z's all crammed into that layby on the B4391! What a road!

Almsivi

3 posts

50 months

Thursday 9th January
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I bought an 03 Z33 import back in 2014 and loved it, torquey and comfortable. I've seen quite a few GT4's over the years and although the extra 20hp was attractive, it never appealed to me the same way that the Japanese Nismo editions did.

I think one single Nismo S-Tune GT made it over here in 2006, a special one off import for Nissan UK (GB**ZZZ for anyone who's been lucky enough to have seen it), one single Silver Version Nismo that was imported in 2009 and one single White Version Nismo Type 380RS imported in 2016.

I fully expect these editions and the GT4s to become more valuable over time as rwd NA cars become less commonplace.

Alias218

930 posts

111 months

Thursday 9th January
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Almsivi said:
I fully expect these editions and the GT4s to become more valuable over time as rwd NA cars become less commonplace.
I’m rather hoping they all go up in price, which they may well do with the amount of 350Zs being drifted and Rocket Bunnied into oblivion.

booner

121 posts

141 months

Friday 10th January
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I owned a black GT4 which I loved every second of owning. However my dealings with my local Nissan dealer, clicky axels and burning through oil ruined the end of my ownership. Shame as it put me off ever having a GTR as I didn't trust the dealers to maintain the car so went down a american/german path thereafter. Still have very fond memories of this car and it always looked better in person than in pictures, especially from some of the angles used in this article

Martin350

3,229 posts

144 months

Friday 10th January
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JoyCV8 said:
Nearly 10 years ago I was in the market for a rwd coupe and ended up going for one of its rivals, a Monaro which I still own and have never regretted purchasing. I've never driven a 350Z (except on GT) and have long wondered how the driving experience compared to V8 I went for and still fancy a go in a well sorted one.
I feel I'm qualified to give an opinion here, having owned a 350Z for six years and my current Monaro for coming up two years.

Both have quite a brawny, 'chunky' feel to the way they drive, which I like.
The 350Z, although clearly a GT and not a sports car, is a bit more nimble and, mostly due to more sensible gearing and being a lot shorter, is way easier to throw around and get sideways on the road.
I found the Z surprisingly capable and pleasurable on track, I've not tracked the Monaro.

Even with the Monaro's AP Racing big brake kit I think the Z's brakes are better.
And even with the Monaro's quick rack I think the Z's steering has a bit more feel, despite its weightiness.

The Z made a great noise with an after market rear silencer, but for me the V8 sounds even better (mine has sports cats and full after market system, though).

For me the interiors are both ok but nothing out of this world, a bit less hard plastic coverage in the Monaro.

Neither are good on fuel exactly, but the Z is noticeably better.

Both cars feel a little bit special to drive in their own ways.
Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed them both and am glad I've owned them.