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  Nissan 350Z GT4 Edition

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2005
Numbers built:700
Introduced at:2005 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 14, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionNot everyone who drives the latest version of the dramatic Nissan 350Z will hold a driving licence. Thanks to a unique tie-up with the makers of the globe's most popular motor racing simulator, one of the star cars of the forthcoming Gran Turismo 4 will be a special version of the 350Z. To celebrate the link - and to give those who do have driving licences even more to enjoy - Nissan has created a limited edition version of the iconic 350Z. Called the 350Z Gran Turismo 4 Edition, just 700 examples of the ultimate Coupé will be available right across Europe.

Changes to the hugely popular 'Z-car' are small but significant, the most important being a power increase from 280PS to 300PS. The power increase has been achieved by careful redevelopment of the acclaimed 3.5-litre V6 engine. The changes include reduced friction within the engine and improved stiffness of the block. This, coupled with a revised air cleaner for better breathing, has enabled the engine's red line to be raised to 7,000 rpm (up from 6,600rpm), and has resulted in an extra 20PS over the standard 350Z. Maximum speed remains limited to 250km/h (155 mph), but the 0-100km/h sprint has been cut to just 5.8 secs. This new "HO" - high output - engine delivers not only more power, but also quicker throttle response and even more driving excitement. The 350Z Gran Turismo 4 Edition promises to be highly visible, too. It will be available in just two colours, black or metallic yellow, and sits on unique five spoke 18 inch alloy wheels.

Since it was launched in Europe in late 2003, some 9,538 examples of the 350Z have been sold. It has won no fewer than 42 awards from all over the world, 12 of those coming from Europe. In addition, global sales of the 350Z have now passed the 100,000 mark since it was first launched in the US in 2002. The 350Z is the fifth sports car from Nissan to wear the Z badge. The story began with the 240Z, which was made from 1969-1978 and was to become the world's best-selling sports car. The 280Z and 300ZX of 1979-1983 and 1984-1989 respectively kept the same basic proportions as the original, but added more power, more equipment and revised suspension layouts: the original 300ZX marked the last iteration of the first generation Z-car. The selected model within the 350Z range is the special version done to promote globally the 35th anniversary of the Z car. The second generation 300ZX of 1990-1996, which included a 300hp Turbocharged version, had quite different lines with a cab-forward body and a wide and low stance. After production finished in 1996 there would be a 7 year break until the current 350Z, the third generation, reignited the Z flame.

Nissan's tie-up with Sony in the production of the 350Z Gran Turismo 4 Edition has allowed their customers a unique opportunity to sample a little piece of history. No other game has ever been so eagerly anticipated. For those customers for whom driving a 350Z Coupe from the comfort of their front room is not enough, Nissan has developed a 300PS Z which can provide the thrills and excitement of the legendary Gran Turismo PlayStation game. Thanks to an increase of 20PS over the standard Coupe, the experience for those 700 lucky owners will be extra special. Sony identified the 350Z as one of the 'hero' cars in the new edition of Gran Turismo and to coincide with the launch of the game, deliveries of the high power version will begin in February. The tie-up between Nissan and Sony's respective industry-leading products will enable enthusiasts of both the game and the car to enjoy a very special 350Z, whether on screen, or on the road. Since the launch of the first Gran Turismo game in 1997, there have been three iterations of the game. Global sales have topped 37 million units. Gran Turismo 4 will feature over 700 different cars from 80 different manufacturers and more than 50 racing circuits, giving players the opportunity to learn racecraft and to challenge for greater honours as their skills develop.

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