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Old 11-30-2005, 05:06 AM
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Ehh... I don't trust Top Gear when it comes to drag races. I remember that vid where they did a drag race with a few cars, two of them that stood out to me was the NSX and C6 Vette. They showed that the NSX walked the Vette. There's no way in hell an NSX/NSX-R would beat a C6 Vette in a drag race which they generally run mid 12's even with the auto tranny. Either that Vette had problems or the driver didn't know how to drive it.
EXCELLENT point!!!
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I agree with the folks that have mentioned the problems Nissan had with the 300 TT. It got too expensive. The idea of competing with Porsche... I just don't see it. Most recent example of a mid-market car brand trying to participate in the high-end market is VW trying to sell the Phaeton.
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I thought the main purpose as to why Nissan brought back the 350Z was to market a sports car that started for under $30,000??

If the next gen 350Z gets to the $35-45K range, why would you want to buy that if you can get a next gen G35 coupe or M car for the same price? If it starts at $35K, it will suffer a slow death like the 300ZX did in the USA.
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Angry What changes were made to the suspension

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When they replaced my tires the first time, they did an alignment, but on most 2003 and early 2004 Z's reoccurs again over time.

I tracked this issue a while back (not recently) and what was known at the time is that it was a combination of the suspension settings in the 2003 and early 2004 Z's as well as the tread pattern of the stock Bridgestone tires. I know that those replaced their tires with other models such as Pilots didn't experience the issue as badly as the stock Bridgestone's.

Nissan redesigned the suspension in mid 2004 which seemed to fix the issue, but the 2003-early 2004's still have the issue.
I'm a owner of a 2003 and had the tires replaced with the new style potenza's.The two Nissan dealerships that I go,said that there have not been any changes to the suspension on the newer models.I would like to know what the changes are from anyone that might know.
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350hp Turbo Murano? - 380hp Supercharged 350Z?

More power due for mighty Nissan pair

08 June 2006


• Murano GT-C and 350Z GT-S at Goodwood festival
• Models could reach UK showrooms
• 100bhp more in Murano 4x4

A pair of high-performance Nissans could be on their way here later this year if public reaction to the cars is favourable.

The Murano GT-C and 350Z GT-S will appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and then the British Motor Show in London in July.

There are no performance figures for the cars yet (testing starts after the London show), but the 3.5-litre V6 in the Murano 4x4 is uprated by more than 100bhp. In standard form the engine produces 231bhp, but a turbocharged has pushed output to around 350bhp.

Nissan is also giving the Murano a sportier look - 22-inch wheels replace the standard 18-inch designs, while there's a raised roof spoiler at the back.

Supercharging the 3.5-litre V6 in the 350Z coupe increases output from 296bhp to around 380bhp. Nissan has also uprated the suspension and brakes.

If the cars get a positive reaction Nissan says they could be offered to buyers in limited numbers.

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I guess when the GT-R comes in at over 400hp, they'll need to bridge the price/hp gap somehow.
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I wonder if there will be any changes in the looks dept on the 350 to make it stand out if they do go ahead with it (more than a badge on the back type deal).
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The Z is due for a change anyway. It was introduced around the same time as the G35, which is on its next generation by the end of the year.
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im getting a superchanged 350Z, im just waiting to come out.
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Good news for the Z

...they can kill the Murano idea. IMHO
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That's overpowered for the Murano, but it suits the 350Z. IMO this is what the Z should have had from the beginning to justify it's high price.

And 22" wheels? It'll sell to the "bling-factor" crowd.
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That's overpowered for the Murano, but it suits the 350Z. IMO this is what the Z should have had from the beginning to justify it's high price.

And 22" wheels? It'll sell to the "bling-factor" crowd.
LOL...u can get a Z for under 30k new...what sportscar can be had for under 30k that has 380hp? let me know, i'll go buy it now
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LOL...u can get a Z for under 30k new...what sportscar can be had for under 30k that has 380hp? let me know, i'll go buy it now

As it stands it has less than 300. I'm suggesting they up the power to 380 but keep the price fairly steady.

The 350Z is about $50 000 CDN or so. Most people would save the money and get a V8 Mustang for 2/3 of that price.
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They should give this engine to the FX35 instead. Or better yet, turbocharge the FX45.
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Originally Posted by mrdeeno
They should give this engine to the FX35 instead. Or better yet, turbocharge the FX45.

The Infiniti brand wont make an appearance in the UK until 2008, whereas the Murano has already been there a few years and has built up some familiarity with the Brits.
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What tranny does the turbo Murano has? The CVT can't take all that torque, can it?
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Originally Posted by MaximaPower
LOL...u can get a Z for under 30k new...what sportscar can be had for under 30k that has 380hp? let me know, i'll go buy it now

So what new sportscar costs under $30K and had +380hp?
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What tranny does the turbo Murano has? The CVT can't take all that torque, can it?
That remains to be seen but, there is only one way to find out.
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Originally Posted by youngTL
As it stands it has less than 300. I'm suggesting they up the power to 380 but keep the price fairly steady.

The 350Z is about $50 000 CDN or so. Most people would save the money and get a V8 Mustang for 2/3 of that price.
The 2006 350Z has 300hp. There is more to a car than HP. The Z is a great car for the value. I got my Z over a Mustang (which has exactly the same HP as my Z BTW) because I wanted a car that handles better and looks better IMO. No to slight the Mustang, but there is a reason why the Z sells so well.
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A supercharged 350 would be cool, but for some reason, the 350 doesnt do it for me anymore, it needs a refresh, and not just projector headlights and led tails either. The G35c on the other hand has been aging better.
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A supercharged 350 would be cool, but for some reason, the 350 doesnt do it for me anymore, it needs a refresh, and not just projector headlights and led tails either. The G35c on the other hand has been aging better.
I finally test drove a Z after three years of pining over it and while it was a pretty cool car (the engine/exhaust sounds WAY better inside the car) it really didn't blow me away.

I don't drive very fast and the extra 127hp (it was an '04) that it has over my Mazda3 didn't really make it seem like it was hell on wheels in comparison.

The angled shift gates were odd and would have taken some getting used to ... It's a good car, and certainly better than people who bitch about it make it seem, but I couldn't pull the trigger on a $15k upgrade over my car based on what I found out on the test drive.
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Post 2007 Nissan 350Z GT-S Concept revealed

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A small team of Nissan development engineers working in their spare time have transformed a 350Z into a highly tuned 'Saturday Special.' Called the GT-S, the supercharged super coupé is a performance-focused version of Nissan's acclaimed 'Z-'car' and is designed to appeal to enthusiastic 350Z owners who simply want more. Although boasting a power hike and a substantially modified chassis, the GT-S is far from being a stripped out racing car with a rock hard ride and a peaky power delivery. "The GT-S has been created as a real car not an ornament," says Communications Director Wayne Bruce. "We wanted to build a 'Club Special' that could still be used to commute to work during the week but would provide added thrills at the weekend: a weekday workhorse and a weekend warrior in one distinctive package."

The project's technical leader Steve Robbins — who during the week is a senior engineer in the new vehicle evaluation team at NTCE — gathered together half a dozen like-minded enthusiasts to work on the project.

Working after hours and at the weekend, the team members came from within NTCE and also from outside suppliers and was known internally as the S-Club Seven…

Most of the changes center on the car's engine and chassis. Using a supercharger installation from Swiss manufacturers Novidem, power has increased by more than 25 per cent from 300 hp to 382 hp, while torque rises from 353 Nm to a heady 425Nm.

Performance gains are expected to include a one second cut in the benchmark 0-60mph time (5.8 seconds for the standard 350Z) with 2.5 seconds slashed from the 0-100 mph time.

And it sounds better, too, thanks to an electronically controlled by-pass valve that enriches the exhaust note at a pre-determined engine speed.

NTCE engineers — the very men who tuned the original 350Z to suit European roads and our higher speeds — have undertaken the suspension changes. Working closely with specialists from Bilstein, the changes concentrate on optimising road performance, with improvements in both handling ability and ride comfort. Wider wheels and tyres complete the chassis alterations.

A wind tunnel developed body/aero kit from German firm Strosek not only gives the all-black GT-S a distinctive look, but also improves the 350Z's aerodynamic performance with increased front and rear downforce at speed. The package is completed by a NVH pack which makes the GT-S even more civilised than the standard 350Z.

Steve Robbins said: "We could have produced a balls-out racer with huge power outputs and very little suspension movement. But while this would have created a superb racer, it would have been virtually unusable on the road. Instead we approached the GT-S from an engineering stand-point with a view to creating a 350Z that provides more of everything… performance, handling, looks, comfort and excitement.

"We also looked at the possible marketing potential of such a project and have designed the improvements as individual 'packs' — an engine pack, a suspension pack, aero pack and so on — and kept a close eye on costs."

So will the GT-S ultimately become more than a weekend project by a group of mavericks? Nissan is saying nothing officially, though insiders point to its appearance at Goodwood as a sign the company is giving the GT-S concept serious consideration.





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Dump that rice-style GT rear spoiler, paint the mesh black and I can dig it!
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Not really sure if I like it or not.
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That cars hot! What's with the hole near the headlights though?
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That cars hot! What's with the hole near the headlights though?
probably somekind of intake.
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Following the release of the Nissan 350 Z GT-S Concept, the Japanese automaker today unveiled the Nissan Murano GT-C — a grand tourer concept car based on the standard Murano. The GT-C features a heavily revised powertrain, a raft of suspension, brake and steering upgrades, all complemented by revised exterior styling.

"This is the first time that Nissan's Cranfield-based Technical Centre Europe has produced such a concept, and it speaks volumes for our ability to respond quickly and effectively to customer demand," explains Jerry Hardcastle, the director of Customer Oriented Engineering at Nissan’s Technical Centre Europe.

Central to the Murano GT-C’s dynamic appeal is its muscular new turbo-charged engine. In the GT-C, the Murano’s all-aluminium 3498cc V6 engine is breathed on by a single Garrett turbo-charger. The hybrid turbo is a bespoke unit created for this application, and features a turbine from a Garrett T3 and a compressor from a Garrett T4.

The engine employs an advanced air to water charge cooling system, which both lowers the temperature and increases the density of the air drawn into the combustion chambers to boost combustion efficiency.

The turbo housing itself is isolated with advanced Darchem heat-shielding sandwich material to further regulate temperatures. The engine’s 10.3:1 compression ratio remains unchanged, and volumetric efficiency is also enhanced by the engine’s variable valve timing on both inlet and outlet camshafts.

To facilitate the turbo installation, the battery is now housed in the spare rear well in the boot, and the engine is fitted with an acoustically tuned stainless steel exhaust system with four tailpipes to optimise back pressure. Naturally, the exhaust’s closed loop feedback system with three-way catalyst remains unaffected by these enhancements.

The 24 valve engine now produces a hefty 340PS at 6000rpm, and an equally impressive 265lb ft of torque at a low 3600rpm – enough to rocket the 1885kg Murano GT-C (a mere 20kg over the standard Murano) to 60mph in an estimated 7.0seconds and on to a top speed of 140mph. Impressive as these on-paper figures are, it’s the Murano GT-C’s powerful in-gear acceleration that impresses most – with that deep reservoir of torque, the Murano GT-C delivers instant and effortless overtaking acceleration throughout the rev-range.

To match this performance, the Murano GT-C’s MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension is fitted with uprated Bilstein mono-tube dampers, shorter and 35% stiffer coil springs – which lower the ride height by 25mm – as well as recalibrated front suspension kinematics to enhance cornering turn-in and improve steering feedback.

"The goal behind these upgrades is to enhance the Murano’s nimbleness without losing any of its supple long-distance ride comfort. In other words, it will still get a glint in its eye when it’s hustled down a mountain pass, but won’t loosen your fillings when tackling Britain’s craggy blacktop," explains Hardcastle.

The Murano GT-C is fitted with a bespoke AP Racing brake system that’s more than capable of handling the engine’s performance boost. At the front, large 362mm two-piece rotors are gripped by powerful six-pot callipers, while at the rear four-pot callipers grasp single piece 330mm discs. All four rotors are vented and grooved for improved heat dissipation. The Murano’s advanced ABS anti-lock system and ESP electronic stability programme remain unchanged.

Mated to the Murano’s slick computer-controlled X-Tronic CVT transmission and intuitive ALL-MODE electronic all-wheel drive system, the GT-C delivers effortless acceleration and taut, driver-focused responses, irrespective of the weather or road conditions.

Painted in Nissan’s Kuro Black paint, the Murano GT-C features front grille, wing mirrors, door handles, headlamp interiors and badging covered in a clear and deep black/bronze Dupont lacquer. The front air intakes are faced in stainless woven steel mesh and the redesigned rear bumper houses those four chamfered exhaust pipes.

Unique 22inch five-spoke two-piece lightweight alloy wheels, shod with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx ZR 265/35 profile tyres fill the Murano GT-C’s bold wheel arches, and that aerodynamically tuned rear wing further underscores the Nissan’s sporting credentials.

The central sections of the Murano’s low-slung and electrically adjustable front seats have been trimmed in perforated Strathspey leather, from Andrew Muirhead in Scotland, Europe’s oldest and most distinguished tannery. This hand-stitched honey-coloured waxed matt leather is also used on the rear seats, the centre of the seat headrests, the elbow pads in the door, the top and bottom quadrants of the steering wheel and the recesses of the footwells.

The organic Strathspey leather is offset by the tan Glove material that’s used above the belt-line to cover the headlining and pillars. Like the leather, this advanced man-made fibre is hand-stitched.

That striking exterior black/bronze lacquer is carried through to the cabin, where it’s used to coat the door’s step sills and the lids of the central stowage console. The black/bronze hue is further accented by the GT-C’s grab handles, coat hooks and interior light surrounds that are all coated in a soft-touch tan finish.

The Murano GT-C comes with its own bespoke occasional leather bag. Hand-crafted from the same Strathspey leather and Glove material used in the cabin, the case – ideal for a lap-top computer or travel documents – fits perfectly into the Murano’s deep centre console stowage compartment.

And in tribute to its name – Murano is an island off the Venetian coast in Italy famed for its hand-crafted blue glass – the GT-C features a gearlever and centre console trinket tray fashioned from hand-blown Murano blue and clear glass. These two striking features are further enhanced by the ambient blue lighting from light-emitting diodes secreted at the apex of the B-pillar and beneath the seats.

And the extravagant specification of the standard road-going Murano – automatic climate control, bi-xenon headlamps, colour reversing camera, a seven-speaker, 225W Bose audio system, six airbags, advanced electronic traction and braking aids and ‘Birdview’ DVD satellite navigation – means the Murano GT-C driver will want for nothing.

"Although the GT-C is a concept," says Hardcastle, "we wanted to make it as production feasible as possible. So bar a few minor trim changes, what you see is what you would get - if the GT-C gets production approval."
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Looks WAYYYYYY better than my 05 Murano. I like!!
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Nissan might make the cheapest looking interiors in the world

ford and gm are worse overall. even cadillac is worse not counting the new escalade
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meh and meh at both of those concepts in terms of looks.
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Weird != Cheap
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ford and gm are worse overall. even cadillac is worse not counting the new escalade
Guess we just disagree then; especially on the Cadillac comment.

My comment was based on a trip 6 weeks ago when I went to go test the Z, Altima, and Maxima.

-The Z is much nicer for 06 than it was in 03 but still not something I would buy. You could pay the same amount of money for a G35 as the Grand Touring Z and get a much nicer car.
- The Maxima and Altima were very disappointing. The dash, doors, and console all felt like it was worth $5 combined. Hopefully Nissan has fixed this with the new 07 models.

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the difference in msrp price for the base 350z in the US and canada is crazy.

US msrp - $31455CDN
CDN msrp - $46198CDN

i should've bought a 350z from the US...
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Originally Posted by cob3683
Guess we just disagree then; especially on the Cadillac comment.

My comment was based on a trip 6 weeks ago when I went to go test the Z, Altima, and Maxima.

-The Z is much nicer for 06 than it was in 03 but still not something I would buy. You could pay the same amount of money for a G35 as the Grand Touring Z and get a much nicer car.
- The Maxima and Altima were very disappointing. The dash, doors, and console all felt like it was worth $5 combined. Hopefully Nissan has fixed this with the new 07 models.

I was not able to 'sample' the new 4G Altima's interior but I have checked out the new 07 Maxima's interior and it is MUCH improved as far as I am concerned. Comparison

While the 04-06 Maxima's interior quality seemed to be of a grade lower than that of the 02-03 Maxima, the 07 seems decidedly nicer.
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While the 04-06 Maxima's interior quality seemed to be of a grade lower than that of the 02-03 Maxima, the 07 seems decidedly nicer.
I agree about the 02-03 being nicer. I am interested in seeing the 07 though because (from the pics) it looks to be a huge improvement.
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Dang Honda and Nissan should join forces and design 1 car together.

Honda is in charge of the interior and improving gas mileage, which would be hot and Nissan would be in charge of the exterior and engine, where they're good at.
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Originally Posted by 04EuroAccordTsx
Dang Honda and Nissan should join forces and design 1 car together.

Honda is in charge of the interior and improving gas mileage, which would be hot and Nissan would be in charge of the exterior and engine, where they're good at.
That would have Toyota/Lexus crying 'foul!'.
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From Edmunds (7/7/06)

Nissan Releases Details on Murano GT-C
Date posted: 07-07-2006

CRANFIELD, England — Last month, it was learned the Nissan Murano GT-C concept would be shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now Nissan U.K. has released details on the vehicle, which was developed at the company's European Technical Centre here.

The Murano GT-C (for Grand Tourer Concept) features a turbocharged engine; upgraded suspension, steering and brakes; and revised interior and exterior styling.

Nissan engineers fitted a modified Garrett turbo to the DOHC 3.5-liter V6, as well as an acoustically tuned stainless steel exhaust system with quad pipes. The engine now pumps out 340 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque and drives all four wheels through the factory-installed X-Tronic continuously variable transmission. Nissan says this powertrain combination gives the GT-C a top speed of 140 mph and 0-60-mph acceleration in 7.0 seconds.

The company stiffened the springs, fitted Bilstein monotube shocks, recalibrated the steering and lowered the ride height by 25mm. AP Racing brakes were fitted, while the Murano's ABS and electronic stability program were untouched. Dunlop SP Sport Maxx ZR performance tires are mounted on 22-inch alloy wheels.

The exterior has been modestly tweaked and painted in Kuro black, and the cabin is outfitted with hand-stitched leather, bespoke luggage and a hand-blown glass gearshift lever and center console tray from the Venetian island of Murano.

Nissan describes the GT-C as "production feasible" and says customer feedback will determine if the vehicle gets the green light for production — at least in Europe.

What this means to you: Let's hope our British cousins cheer long and loud for the Murano GT-C to reach production — on both sides of the pond. To see the Venetian-glass gearshift lever on the production model is probably too much to hope for, though.
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