The E85 designs were frozen on March 1, 2000. It seems every car in this quartet is in the grip of some sort of intense contest between strong and weak attributes. It has a performance pedigree evolved over years of racing and developing sports-car chassis for other manufacturers. However, in such baffling situations, bottom-line price is usually the trump card for me, and this time, there's no doubt it's the Nissan that's holding it. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with a five-speed Tiptronic automatic optional. The Z4 used lightweight materials to offset the increased weight over the smaller Z3, such as an aluminium and suspension components, magnesium roof frame. The Z4 was introduced at the in 2002, and North American models went on sale in November of the same year as the 2003.
North American vehicles may have slightly lower power ratings. Despite losing its steel roof, the 350Z Roadster suffers little or no shaking over rough stretches of road, thanks to added doublers, gussets, reinforcing struts, and a steel rear bulkhead. Archived from on 26 April 2009. Using the Z4 M Coupé's mechanical components, the concept car is 23 cm 9 in longer, 14 cm 6 in wider but 4 cm 2 in flatter than the Z4 M Coupé. It has a longer wheelbase and wider track than the Z3 model it replaced. Initial models were in the roadster E85 body style, with the coupé E86 body style being added in 2006. In search of the perfect playground for airing out our foursome of winsome roadsters, we chose the verdant foothills and serpentine backroads of Santa Barbara county, in fact not far from another headlines playground, Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
After many spirited discussions among the staff about which car they'd rather have in their driveway none, by the way, was voted off the tarmac , here's how they ranked. Fourth Place 2004 Nissan 350Z Roadster EnthusiastEasily the least-expensive roadster in the bunch, the 350Z has value on its side going in. No more four-cylinder peakiness or turbo lag. Audi's Roadster makes particularly good use of aluminum, highlighting the radio cover, door pulls, rollbar hoops, door sills, and more. Archived from on 21 December 2008. .
After many spirited discussions among the staff about which car they'd rather have in their driveway none, by the way, was voted off the tarmac , here's how they ranked. The car sits low and wide for its size. The Boxster integrates its folding top into the overall body shape better than the others. The Z4 M uses hydraulic power steering, unlike the electric power steering used by the rest of the Z4 range. A four-cylinder model, the Z4 2. With its sedan genes showing, the 350Z is the second heaviest car in the group, dulling its power edge so that its 14. The vehicle was designed by Anders Warming.
Electric power steering, throttle by wire, and run-flat tires add a new dynamic element, but basically the Z4 retains a classic front mid-engine layout with long hood and short deck. The top end of this 258-horse poor-man's 911 is particularly lively. The Boxster springs from the loins of perhaps the most prolific sports-car maker of all time. And that includes the 350Z's uneasy mix of blue-collar performance value and rough-and-ready construction. This smooth, linear engine shines in all applications, but is most at home spinning a six-speed manual and mounted in this light and nimble roadster. With the metal roof removed and replaced by a short, buggy-style convertible top, the trunk looks too tall and too large, almost as if it's housing a rumble seat.
Think of sports-car driving like wine tasting. Archived from on 16 October 2008. A single engine offering--the 287-horse, 3. With normal aspiration, the 250 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque second best of the group are more accessible with changing road conditions. The price of the Boxster S is nothing to sneeze at. Nissan's 350Z was the best-selling sports car last year, stealing first-place honors from the Corvette for a while. The torque was available from 2,500 rpm.
There's no waiting for a turbo to spool up or a big, unpredictable spike of torque to deal with. The 350Z's six-speed manual gearbox generally came in for praise, with thumbs up for its weighting, precise feel, and short throws, but taking a few knocks for a crude vibration at high revs. The power assist is speed-sensitive, allowing for easier manoeuvering at low speeds. However, I was informed that they will not warranty that truck. Even from its introduction in 2006, the Coupé was relatively rare: In its first 13 months on the market, the roadster outsold it at a ratio of 7 to 1.
The Z4 was introduced at the in 2002, and North American models went on sale in November of the same year as the 2003. In North America the 3. Our first-place-finishing Boxster S is the thoroughbred of the bunch. Now a new Roadster version has arrived, representing about 25 percent of production. But they did, and the Z4, which replaced the Z3 for the 2003 model year, has a design that boldly goes where roadsters haven't dared to tread before. As per the Z3, the front suspension is a design.