2007 Nissan 350Z Coupe Track Road Test
Recommended Retail Price: $67,990 - 6sp Manual.
Options Fitted: None.
- by Paul Maric
Step inside and immediately you feel encased and low to the ground – in line with how proper sports cars should feel. Don’t consider the 350Z if you’re often hauling kids or pets, two seats is all you get in the 350Z Track – the rear seats have their rights removed in place of a stabiliser bar. You can also forget the glove box, which has its storage relegated to cubby holes behind the driver and passenger seats.
It took a bit of poking and prodding to get the seating position right, I found that the steering wheel couldn’t be pushed high enough to sufficiently clear my knees, hinting that this car isn’t made for those with a high BMI...
Our test vehicle was fitted with a 6-speed manual ‘box. Getting used to the Zed’s brutal clutch takes a bit of work – lending to the fact this sports car isn’t built for posers. Everything about the driving position, along with operation of gears and clutch is race-like. There is perfect spacing for heel-toe manoeuvres and the throttle response is rapid and thoughtful. The Track version receives 4-pot front and 2-pot rear Brembo brakes and 18” performance tyres all round.
Drop the anchors before a corner and straight line composure is kept, as is the non-existence of brake fade. My only gripe lied with the all too intrusive Electronic Stability Program (ESP). It would cut a big chunk of torque being sent to the wheels and in some circumstances it would brake wheels to stop even the slightest loss of traction. The system needs to allow more foreplay before stepping in.
An array of standard features fill the 350Z, including Bi-Xenon headlights and a stellar sound system. Safety features are also common place, including ESP, ABS, dual front airbags, side impact and side curtain airbags.