Nissan GB has at last got the go ahead to sell the 350Z Roadster in a move that will surprise nobody. Well, to use the phrase of Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s president and CEO, sending us the drop dead gorgeous drop top was a ‘no brainer’. But don’t start a queue just yet, folks. It’ll be a month or two before you can order one.
First comes the big European unveiling which is being saved for the Paris Motor Show on 23 September. We already know the 350Z Roadster is a looker. It’ll drive good, too, because Nissan’s engineering team in Cranfield have been working to tailor the car (which has been on sale in the USA for a year now) to European tastes. Just how good it drives we’ll find out when deliveries start early next year.
The order book will open a lot sooner, though. Exactly when and how much the car will cost Nissan isn’t saying yet. For that, you’ll have to wait till the Paris Show. A more important figure for many is the number of Roadsters we can expect in the UK. There’s still a five month waiting list for the Coupe, remember. Again, you’ll have to wait till the end of September to find out.
What can be revealed now is that the twin exhausts have been specially tuned all the better to enjoy the 3.5-litre 280PS V6 motor. And that this 350Z transforms from top up to top down in 20 seconds. And that special attention was paid to aerodynamics to ensure a buffet free interior. And that the chassis has been strengthened to maximise driving pleasure. And… okay, that’s enough. Go and get your tent ready. You’ll be wanting it later to ensure first place in the order queue.Published 2 September 2004