Both cars gave me years of fun, but which would you have and why?
The Nissan 350z was first launched in the UK in 2002. Also known as the Fairlady Z, the 350z was a much awaited adition to the Nissan family since the out-going 300ZX in the late 1990’s.
It stayed in production between 2002 and 2009, and was then replaced with the Nissan 370Z.
It’s 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine was naturally aspirated and produced 287bhp. It was tail-happy and if you could control all that power to the rear wheels, then it got you from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds.
The 350z was a true performance car when it was launched and received lot’s of recognition and awards.
- Motorweek said it was the “Best Performance car in 2003”
- Top Gear gavie it “Car of the Year” in 2004, and;
- International Car of the Year, awarded it the “Most Sex Appeal” award in 2003
The model to go for was the 350z GT in Gun Metal Grey, with the 18-inch Rays Alloys. Even this spec could have been bought for £30k, which made it even more appealing.
The downside was it’s fuel consumption, it claimed 25mpg but reality actually was more around 17-19mpg. That was soon forgotten when cruising around because it drove amazingly well and sounded awesome!
I do miss the 350z!
The BMW E30 325i was launched in 1982
It stayed in production between 1982 and 1994, replacing the E21 3-series.
It’s 2.5-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine was naturally aspirated and produced 168bhp. It’s drive-by-wire rear wheel-drive got you from 0-62mph in around 8 seconds.
It may seem slow now but was pretty impressive “back in the day”!
The e30 325i is a classic and sought after car. In it’s day this was a must have and every boy racer dream (well one of mine for sure)!
They were easy and cheap to modify, with most having the suspension lowered, a change of retro fit alloys, M3 kits, DTM exhausts, engine remaps, tuning and sound systems made the 325i a great coupe.
Getting hold of an original is a hard find these days and I wish I kept hold of mine.
Which would I have?
For me the 350z was a great all-rounder. It had style, performace and even today is a car that doesn’t look dated.
Which would you have and why?
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21 September 2020