The venerable 350Z has been updated for 2007. While still looking much the same as before the big news is the move to the VQ35HR V6 engine. For the observant amongst us that is the same base engine that is expected to feature in the Skyline GTR less the turbos and 120kW or so.
The new 3.5-litre V6 as featured in the V36 Skyline range sees power increase from 221kW to 230kW but torque drop from 363Nm to 358Nm. The new engine has the same bore, stroke and thus capacity as the old one but includes a stiffer block, lower weight and decreased friction over the old unit. As a result it will happily rev 500rpm higher and now redlines at 7500rpm.
Detail changes to the suspension are believed to have further improved the ride of 350Z an issue in the earlier models but something that Nissan appears to be slowly getting a handle on.
Transmission options remain unchanged which means a choice between a 6-speed manual or automatic. For the first time ticking the auto option won't get you a detuned engine, you now get the same 230kW as the manual buyers. I always thought it was a fitting punishment for optioning an auto in a car like this...
You also get revised trim and new colours, including the orange seen in the pictures. Australian pricing will not be known for the next month or so but expect it to be in the $65-70k range and the new Zed to be available in this country before June.