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The 2008 Nissan 350Z gets great reviews from around the Web for its edgy styling, according to road tests studied by TheCarConnection.com.
Available as a coupe or a roadster, the style of the Nissan 350Z is modern, drawn in sharp lines and smoothly rounded curves that echo older Datsun Z-cars only a little. Edmunds says, “the car's styling still looks fresh, even though the current-generation Z debuted for 2003,” while Automobile points out that inside the 350Z, Nissan’s “most obvious Z genes are the sweeping lines extending from the roof to the hatch opening and the shape of the little rear windows behind the doors.” Their favorite detail? The “unique vertical door handles, which feel great to the hand.”
Some light criticism surrounds the 2008 Nissan 350Z’s shape, coupe or roadster. Car and Driver thinks “the rear flanks are gorgeous,” but “the rectangular backup-light cluster and the front grille don't fit.”
Automedia says, “like every roadster, the 350Z looks un-interesting with the top up,” but it “turns into a beautiful open-top 2-seat sports car.” Cars.com complains “no one would know I was driving this new, vastly improved 350Z instead of one from last year or five years ago.”
The 2008 Nissan 350Z’s interior has been improved since 2003 with better finishes, but the design is much the same as in 2003. Car and Driver points out that “the three instruments that are angled toward the driver atop the dash recall the original 240Z's interior.” Automobile sees the same effect: “the three gauge pods clearly evoke the 240Z,” while “the very high beltline and short window height bring to mind the Audi TT, as do the aluminum accents.” Edmunds appreciates how “all of the controls a driver might need are close at hand.” Automedia notices details meant to evoke true race cars: the “brake and dead pedals are all aluminum faced to add racecar cue” and “smaller gauges for oil pressure, volts and an LED readout.”
MyRide.com observes that special NISMO editions of the 2008 Nissan 350Z have "conspicuous aero kit and low-profile tires."
The 2008 Nissan 350Z has the look of a real sportscar—one in a modern vein.