• Dec 5th 2006 at 9:55AM
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While everyone was lining up in orderly rows to watch the official unveiling of the Sentra SE-R and Altima coupe at Nissan's LA press conference, we snapped a few pics of a pre-production model of the 2007 350Z.

Although the exterior has gotten a few subtle tweaks that only those of us in the Z-car enthusiast camp would notice, they deserve a brief mention. While the headlamps and taillights have been revised with new housings, the most striking change was the addition of a power dome that eschews the two creases that formerly flanked both sides hood.

So what could possibly justify such a change? Why, more power, naturally. Nissan's venerable VQ35, 3.5-liter V6 is now producing 306 HP, which doesn't seem like a substantial increase over the last model's 300 HP, until you take into account that new output calculations have recently been adopted. As it turns out the same engine that's fitted to the new G35 and the 350Z is making between 15 and 20 HP more than the outgoing 2006 models, which should easily be felt by even the numbest backside.

The increase in power is mainly due to revisions made to the variable valve timing on the exhaust side of the valvetrain, allowing the new engine to rev past the 7k redline of former models, all the way up to a newly set 7,500 RPM.

This new engine will also find a home in the new Altima and Maxima, as well as the Altima coupe, which should make Nissan's new entry-level two-door one of the great performance bargains of 2007.

More pics of the 350Z's new exterior bits and interior are posted after the jump.

[Source: Nissan and Kicking Tires]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      350Z is a nice looking car from the front. The main problem with this car, which is being ignored by Nissan, is the granny-ass out back with her baloon panties pulled tight. If nissan were to combine 350Z front-end with a G35 coupe rear, they would have a HOT little car on their hands.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6 I've got an '05 Z and it ocasionally tracks ruts in the road violently enough to pull the car out of the lane entirely, dealer told me it was normal, then again they also told me that the transmission was meant to grind at high RPMs between 1st and 2nd.

      Dealer issues aside, I'd recomend the Z to anyone that wants a 2 door 2 seater under $30k, can't beat the Enthusiast model for the price. Hopefully they didn't add anymore weight to the thing, its already a porker.
      • 8 Years Ago
      6 speed auto is overdue, what is taking JATCO so long?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's me clear a few things up. First, I own a Z (2003) and second I follow the car like it is a religion (and it is...bless me lord K). So, here is the skinny:

      The headlight housing is the same. The turn signal bulbs and housing color may be slightly different, but the overall housing and lamp placement is the same as 06, but different than 03-05.

      The taillights have not changed since 06. However, again, 03-05 have different taillights.

      The power bulge?!?! OK, so yes it is there and yes it does harken back to the old 240z. Love it. However, does a 'power bulge' actually mean there is a new VQ35HR under the hood? I don't see a photo or a reference to a source for that information. Personally, I would love to see the new HR in the Z and I would assume Nissan would be smart enough to put one there. However, I won't believe it until I see a picture of the engine under the Z hood.

      As for previous Z versions and the VQ engine, here is how it breaks down. 03 and 04 only had the 287HP, 274ft-lb VQ35DE. In 05, you had a choice. You could stick with the normal VQ35DE or get the new "rev up" VQ35DE. The rev up can to to 7000rpm and has 300HP, but only 260ft-lbs of torque. Obviously, the smart people went for the lower horsepower but higher torque. Also note post #14 above nearly got every figure wrong.

      Now the VQ35HR is a different animal. As noted by the editor, the power rating is on the new SAE method, so it is hard to compare apples to apples. However, the HP and torque are raised compared to both previous versions of the VQ35DE.

      Now, why give the engine a new moniker? Unlike the editor noted, it is not just because of the new power. In reality, the HR engine is extremely different than the DE. It has dual intakes/throttle bodies, equal length headers, assymetrical piston skirts, revs to 7500rpm, has a crank girdle/bed plate instead of caps, and many, many, many other new features. One of the new features is not variable valve timing on the exhaust, unlike the editor noted. That could be had on the VQ35DE "rev up". For more info on the new VQ35HR, check out http://www.nissanperformancemag.com/september06/vq35hr/.

      Finally, why build a motor that produces "only" 306-hp, but could easily take 500-hp? This variant of the VQ basically confirms that the Skyline GT-R will in fact have a bored out VQ with twin turbos. Given the crank bed plate, there is no doubt about it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      base model all the way. but that leather is tempting. screw the navigation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 07 Altima has the revised vq and the Max still has the previous version. The VQ HR is only for the rear drive platforms. I guess people don't understand the Infiniti's and Z are rear drive. You cant just drop the same motor into the front drive platforms. Never the less in a way the 07 Alt motor is basically hi rev but for front drive platform. The Max, Murano, etc will get that motor soon enough.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Altima has a new version of the VQ35DE, but not the VQ35HR.

      This is from Autoblog's article on the new Altima:

      "...a “next generation” version of the 12-time Ward’s “10 Best Engines” award-winning VQ-series V6...offers stronger acceleration and refined sound quality. The V6 features new twin induction, reduced friction, improved cylinder head cooling and new twin knock sensors."

      This new VQ35DE has not been given to the Maxima, or any other Nissan/Infiniti that I know of.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is autoblog just now reporting on the HR version?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just the angle but that hood bulge doesn't seem to "flow" with the rest of the front lines... Or maybe it's just me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1) Mercedes Benz E-Klasse (at least) has those LED tailights since years now (Avantgarde...)---so, not a first.

      2) New 2007 model? Did they shed some weight? Right now it's a little porky...compared with a Z4/S2000/Boxster, level with the heavy Brera.

      3) They sell it in Europe for ~$48.000 (base version...or 53k something the loaded one). Thus, no deal. Insurance is skyhigh and for only 13-14k more over the base model you can have a realy nice 2yrs old E55 AMG, which in the Autobahnland Germany is sweet to have, insurance is lower, 2 extraseats, etc...
      • 8 Years Ago
      "For all the good Carlos Goshn has done for this company i have to say quality is not something he does well."

      Japan has enough companies making reliable cars. They need a company for passionate drivers that are interested in style and power.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's already one of the best handling cars on the market for the price. Really it just needs to go on a diet. I bet with the extra ~215 pounds that have been added that the new engine makes it about as fast as the base models already were when it was introduced. Most people that drive my car are suprised at how fast it is, even compared to other 350s they have driven. That's because most people haven't driven a base model before.
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