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Latest model: Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster 2004
Nissan Fairlady Z Roadster 2004The Nissan 350Z is a coupé and roadster built by Nissan Motor Company. It was presented in August 2002 and is the fifth generation of Nissan's Z-car line, carrying the chassis designation Z33.



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The first concept model was manufactured for the Detroit Motor Show for the following January then later at the Los Angeles Auto Expo. Nissan was however unhappy with the first layout as they felt the vehicle was considered too "retro" or too "backward" resembling a fantastic 240Z thus a redesign was underway. The refactored model, now known as the Z Concept, which was alike in bodyshape but with a refactored front end was represented at the Detroit Motor Show two years after the first. The vehicle then undergone a minor redesign and was assigned the VQ35DE motor, hence the vehicle became known as the 350Z.

Launched on 20 August 2002, the 2003 350Z was available in the US in 5 trim packages, including the Base, Enthusiast, Performance, Touring, and Track Editions. Pricing started in the Us$26k range for a Base, and went beyond Us$34k for the Track model. Nissan's performance and motorsport division, Nismo, began producing performance and aesthetic upgrades for the 350Z shortly after its release.

In the UK & Europe two versions of the 350Z were available from October 2003, namely the Base and GT packs. The GT pack had leather seatings, uprated Bose Audio system and cruise control over the Base model. Pricing in the UK was set at Gb£24k for the Base model and Gb£26. 5k for the GT pack. After about a year of the 350z being launched in the UK, the NISMO kit became an auxillary extra for new vehicles only. Another limitation of the Uk&euro releases was the choice of colors being limited to the renamed Gunmetal, Kuro, Chilli, Blade & Sunset.