Thursday, August 2, 2012

Car Of The Day: August 2, 2012

Today's car of the day is Tamiya's 2003 Nissan 350Z.

The Nissan 350Z (known as Nissan Fairlady Z Z33 in Japan) is a two seat sports car that was manufactured by Nissan from 2003 to 2009 and marks the fifth generation (codename: Z33) of Nissan's Z-car line. The 350Z entered production in late 2002 and was sold and marketed as a 2003 model. The first year there was only a coupe, as the roadster did not debut until the following year. 

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Nissan 350Z

Tamiya is better known for larger scale plastic model kits, but they did enter the small-scale model market briefly. Initially, Tamiya made JGTC race cars with opening doors (these were marketed in the U.S. as Muscle Machines). Later, Tamiya ventured into street cars, with a set of six typical Japanese sports cars (Nissan 350Z / Fairlady Z; Mazda MX5 Miata / Eunos; Toyota Supra; Honda S2000; Nissan Skyline GTR R32 and Skyline GTR R34). The level of detail is superb, which makes it unfortunate that Tamiya never released anything else in small-scale.

The 350Z is a front-mid engine rear-wheel-drive two door,two seat, sports car designed by Ajay Panchal of Nissan Design America in San Diego, California. The vehicle features the long-hood short-deck design common to the Z-Car family. External design highlights include: sloping fastback style roof line, unique brushed aluminum door handles, high waistline, and bulging fenders that are pushed out to the corners of the vehicle.

The 350Z has been given extensive coverage in the automotive press, and has obtained generally positive reviews. Automotive journalists tend to praise such features as the 350Z's value, performance, handling, and braking. Criticisms tend to be directed towards the grade of interior plastics, greater curb weight than its competitors, cabin ergonomics and engine refinement. Other reviews have criticized reflections off the back strut in the rear window.

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