Three Japanese cars that aren’t the usual suspects, plus a buying guide for the Nissan 350Z and the low-down on TVR’S T350
Nissan’ s mini muscle car is ageing nicely and offers simple pleasures from just £5000. Is it all too good to be true? by Peter Tomalin
IT’S 15 YEARS SINCE NISSAN LAUNCHED THE 350Z AND writing these words makes me feel rather nostalgic. Not just because I used to run a Zed on the Fast Fleet, but because we’re unlikely to see its like again. Who today would launch a small coupe with a brawny, 276bhp 3.5-litre V6, manual gearbox and indulgent rear-wheel drive, all for the price of a basic TT?
In fact, the 350Z was launched first in Japan and the US, and it was a year later, in the late summer of 2003, that we finally got the European-spec model, its suspension reworked by the team at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe, based at Cranfield, Bedfordshire. So good was this setup that Nissan adopted it for all Zs from that point forward.