Rip Off: 2008 Nissan Nismo 350Z


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The Nissan 350Z has been around and unchanged for over four years now. So to spice up it’s sales, Nissan has decided that it’s time for a new special edition!

Enter the 2008 Nissan Motorsports 350z (NISMO 350z), tuned by Nissan’s in-house after market tuning division. Should we fire up the marching band and throw a welcoming party? HARDLY.

NISMO performance parts are available around the world and are extremely popular for the Japanese markets. NISMO was responsible for the R33 Skyline 400R and S14 Silvia 270R models. Both featured comprehensive modifications to the drive train, suspension, brakes, chassis, and aero work. Getting excited yet? DON’T.

With this being said it is an absolute disappointment that this new NISMO 350z will not further modify and tune the current stock 3.5-liter: V-6 306 horsepower & 268 lb-ft of torque. Also, the current 350z’s six-speed manual transmission and viscous limited-slip differential will also go unchanged.

Rest assured the car does get newly tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, and NISMO exhaust. Apparently the 350Z’s production will be quite limited (yaaaa right), and deliveries begin in July of 2007.

For those less concerned about the lack of engine modifications, the most obvious cues for the NISMO will be the new front and rear fascias, side skirts, and functional rear diffuser and wing (useless for a un-modified 350z engine), along with the NISMO-branded Ray’s engineering wheels. Painted in gunmetal grey; 18’s in the front and 19’s in the rear. All will be wearing Bridgestone RE050A rubbers.

To further coax the owner into feeling special while parading in their ‘faux-NISMO’, NISMO badges will adorn new black and red cloth seats with red stitching, along with new white and gray gauges. Final touches to each NISMO 350Z will include a serialized aluminum plaque on the center console, just to make owners feel even more special and less ripped off.


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21 Responses to “Rip Off: 2008 Nissan Nismo 350Z”

  1. Mike Lawrence said on April 19th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Anthony, have you driven this car?

  2. Anthony Carbone said on April 28th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Mike, no I have not yet driven the Nismo 350Z but have driven the 350Z a number of times, very fun car. Do you have a Nismo 350z or have you driven one?

  3. Christopher Kim said on May 22nd, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Anthony, I agree that it may seem to be a rip off but I was pricing out two Zs today during some downtime at work, and was surprised to see the result:

    1) NISMO packaged 350Z – $39,340 including the D & H of $660

    2) Grand Touring packaged 350Z – $39,820 including the D & H of $660

    That is assuming you want your 350Z to have the BREMBO braking system. This is the result of Navigation and side airbags being required if you want to be able row your own gears which to me is ridiculous but I digress.

    So besides the tacky body kit, the NISMO appears to be a better buy(considering the stiffer body, and upgraded shocks/springs) if you have the innate ability in being able to read road signs and maps and bypass the artificial need for a navigation system 😉

    Amusing write up on the car, gave me a few laughs.

    …”each NISMO 350Z will include a serialized aluminum plaque on the center console, just to make owners feel even more special and less ripped off.”


  4. Cameron said on June 6th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    What an ignorant article. The author hasn’t even driven the car, nor mentions the plethora of chassis upgrades such as additional body welds and Yamaha chassis dampers F&R. Nor does he mention the NISMO 350Z was tuned and assembled in-house by AUTECH Japan.

  5. Adam said on September 27th, 2008 at 5:21 am

    I agree, if you have not driven it, DON’T flame it.

  6. jpumpwell said on October 12th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    He must be joking I have a 2007 350 z nismo 6 speed manual transmission and she is so sweet , but viscious she eats stangs and vettes for lunch.

  7. Ricky Vang said on November 12th, 2008 at 5:55 pm


  8. kevin williams said on November 22nd, 2008 at 12:34 am

    i need a turbo for my 2008 nismo, got any advice on what brand to choose…

  9. alvin hill said on February 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm


  10. Mike said on February 16th, 2009 at 2:57 am

    I have have had 2 350Z – I love my Nismo more then my stock. I have never seen another one on the road… unlike most other cars… I have custom paint and engine upgrades done.

  11. Ken Sechler said on March 3rd, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I agree with Alvin. Got mine for 30K b/c the economy sucks. I love the car. I don’t know if it would have been worth 40K to me, but 30…hell yes.

  12. Russ said on March 4th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    It is pretty obvious the author on this article has no clue on anything he is talking about and also has never driven the NISMO 350Z. I have owned a NISMO 350Z since 2007, and almost at 2 years old this car has been the most enjoyable car I have purchased. The car will easily out handle the normal 350z. It gives the Lotus Exige a run for it’s money on a road course, it beats the S2000 CR in tests. This car handles like a dream. I bought it for one reason, to be my track car. It has proven to be a excellent one at that. I love passing Porsche Carrera GT3s on the turns but they sure do catch me or pull away from me in the straights.

  13. to the jackass!!!!!!!! said on May 31st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    this is one of the most ignorameous comments i’ve heard in a long time, i just got my nismo about 3 months ago, and i absolutely love the little beast. ill admitt it lacks a bit in the power department, but it makes up for it in the cornering, and the fun, and the looks department, and at first i thought it looked ugly especially from behind, but actually seeing it in person, and really looking at it its not so bad in fact its very beautiful.

  14. GAMERMODZoCOM said on June 5th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I purchased a 2008 NISMO 350Z to be our company track and event car. We did a whole lot of research in to what our best options were for this and it came down to 2 cars. The NISMO 350Z and the Lotus.

    We have had the NISMO for 6 months now and the car is an absolute beast. The only thing we have left to do is Twin Turbo which will give us 550 – 600 to the wheels. Right now naturally aspirated power we put down 296 – 339 to the wheels depending on the dyno. Every shop I have been to say’s this is the most power they have ever seen a NA VQ35HR put to the wheels. It’s all about getting upgrades that work well together and we did.

    I have driven a lot of cars and nothing handles like this and it only gets better with upgrades. Anyone who hasn’t driven a NISMO knows nothing about it. When you friend who raced S2000’s drives your NISMO stock and yanks your NISMO across 4 lanes on the interstate at 90 and say’s “Holy crap!”, that’s conformation.

    For you other NISMO owners who want to beef yours up more, here is a list of what we have done and found to work best. You can also see a picture of it on

    Injen SP1987 Cold Air Intake
    Unorthodox Pulley
    Fast Intentions High Flow Cats
    Fast Intentions Intimidator Exaust
    Stillen Headers
    Stillen Engine Damper
    Stillen Grounding Kit
    UpRev OSIRIS Tune

    Stillen Core Support Bar
    Hotchkis Sway Bars
    GTSpec Rear lateral chassis brace
    GTSpec Rear Lower Tie Brace
    GTSpec Front Lower Tie Brace
    GTSpec 4 Point Mid-Chassis Brace
    GTSpec Fender Braces
    TEIN SRC Coilovers w/dual EDFC
    TEIN 16g Springs
    Whiteline Black Box

    Stoptech 14″ slotted rotors
    Stoptech 6pot Front, 4pot Rear Big Break Kit

  15. alvin hill said on July 22nd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I thought looking at the car in my garage the back end looked a little weird for a car BUT my wife said the car has a nice fat BOOTY and all I could do was smile.
    my poor wife has a little flat one and she hates that
    car = baby
    my babys got back
    my babys got back

  16. alvin hill said on July 22nd, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    hey I forgot
    if you worry about mpg and buy shell vpower (highest I can get here) at almost $3.00 a gallon

    shoulda gota HYUNDAI

  17. playfish said on March 20th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    i was starting to imagine i may well end up being the sole young woman who cared about this, at least at this point i recognize im not crazy 🙂 i am going to be sure to examine a handful of different threads when i get a tad of caffeine in me, it is really very hard to read with out my coffee, I was up late last evening jamming zynga poker and after getting my fill with a few beers i finished up getting rid of all my facebook poker chips adios for now 🙂

  18. That Guy said on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Yeah this guy is out of his mind, probably just can’t afford one himself so he’s mad about it. I have an 08 with 14K miles on it, and have a blast with it all the time. So maybe it isn’t the fastest car out there, it still smokes a lot of ‘fast’ production cars, and looks hot as hell. Its exactly what I wanted in a car and therefore I don’t feel one bit ripped off. and correction they made 1,607 ’07-’08 models, very limited.

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  20. Aarron said on September 23rd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    This guy is hater if I have ever seen one obviously this dumbass has never drove one before . I just bought an 08 nismo # 1147 of 1607 produced for both years 2007 and 2008 and only 600 of the 1607 where imported to north America very very limited production . This is the baddest car I have ever owned. I eat up every production car that’s ever tried racing me . Most the time the won’t even try they just roll down there window and compliment the car because they don’t want none. Every where I go I get random people complementing the car. I’ve pulled more ass in this car then you can possibly imagine . as far as performance if this thing got any faster it’s would be dangerous I hit 100 real quick like . Plus the independent multi link suspension makes for a really nice smooth ride and the Brembos can stop it on a dime. I couldn’t ask for a better car. btw I picked it up for 16500 with 20,000 miles on it . I’m thinking about throwing a supercharger kit or a greedy 8 lb turbo kit for a little more acceleration.

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