Registered: December 2007
LAs Best Daytona Blue NISMO R-tune 350Z represents the pinnacle of NISMO performance. As the moniker “R-tune” suggests, it is ready for the weekend racer to run hot laps on the track.
“This is the King of all 350Zs,” said Kenneth Zapp, senior manager, Specialty Vehicle Group, Nissan Marketing. “It’s got the ideal combination of race-ready performance, style and reliability. We don’t think there’s a better weekend racer out there.”
Powering the Z is a NISMO-enhanced Nissan VQ35 3.5-liter V6 producing approximately 305 horsepower. The engine was treated to NISMO R-tune billet camshafts, NISMO R-tune cold-air intake, NISMO R-tune headers and the NISMO S-tune stainless steel cat-back exhaust system. Backing the powerplant is a 6-speed manual featuring a NISMO R-tune lightweight flywheel and a NISMO R-tune single disk clutch and clutch cover, and NISMO shift knob, all for increased efficiency and shift feel. A NISMO R-tune clutch-type adjustable limited-slip differential with four pinion gears ensures reliable launches.
The Z’s handling prowess has been improved with the S-tune suspension system, designed for increased roll stiffness, less body lean, less pitch and dive and more neutral handling. It features a 36mm front sway bar, 22mm rear sway bar, special shocks and springs. Braking power is increased with NISMO R-tune brake pads and steering power remains reliable thanks to an R-tune power steering oil cooler kit.
The R-tune Z achieves a track-ready look with an S-tune aero kit (available early 2004) with front and rear spoilers and side sills, 18x8.5-inch (front) and 18x9.5-inch (rear) 5-spoke NISMO lightweight forged alloy wheels and a NISMO graphics kit.