For this generation, Nissan replaced the VG engine lineup of the 300ZX with a single 3.5 litre VQ35DE V6 engine. The styling of the 350Z was influenced by the Datsun 240Z.
In September 2005, the 350Z received a minor facelift.
Need for Speed: Underground
A variant with a promotional Rob Zombie paint job is unlocked upon collecting 1,110,500 style points. In the last event of Underground Mode, the player must race against Melissa in her 350Z which can be unlocked for Quick Race upon collecting 2,500,000 style points.
Need for Speed: Underground 2
In Need for Speed: Underground 2, the car is introduced to the player after Rachel lends her modified 350Z to the player for a short time at the beginning of the game. The stock version of the car is unlocked upon winning URL race 9 during stage 4 of the career mode.
The 350Z is featured with quick acceleration and a high top speed but also prone to fishtailing under hard cornering. With maxed out performance, the 350Z is one of the few cars in the game that are capable of going faster than 220 mph (354 km/h).
|Stock||0-60 mph: 6.16 s||0-100 mph: 13.94 s||Top Speed: 155.0 mph (249 km/h)||Torque: 272.7 ft-lbs||Power: 287.1 bhp|
|Fully Upgraded||0-60 mph: 3.76 s||0-100 mph: 7.96 s||Top Speed: 222.0 mph (357 km/h)||Torque: 415.7 ft-lbs||Power: 523.9 bhp|
Need for Speed: Underground Rivals
The Nissan 350Z appears in Need for Speed: Underground Rivals with a price tag of $54,000 and can be unlocked after winning 89 events.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
The Nissan 350Z can be found in the game files of Need for Speed: Most Wanted, although only vinyls, performance parts, and police radio chatter dedicated to the car are included. In the PlayStation 2 demo release, a manufacturer and model logo can be found.
Need for Speed: Carbon
- Exotic Career - Win the Circuit Race in Starlight Strip.
- Muscle Career - Win the Checkpoint event of the Canmor Downs territory in Silverton.
- Tuner Career - Take over the Diamond Hills territory.
The 350Z is the cheapest Tier 3 car in the game, besides the Infiniti G35. Contrary to previous game appearances, the 350Z is lacking in straight-line performance although its handling has been improved.
Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City
The Nissan 350Z is featued in Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City with a price tag of $79,000 and can be unlocked after defeating Daemon. It is also driven by Daemon himself as well as Sara during the final race.
Need for Speed: Undercover
The 350Z appears in the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo Wii releases of Need for Speed: Undercover with a price tag of $40,000. It is unlocked with a higher progression in the career mode.
Need for Speed: ProStreet
The 350Z appears in Need for Speed: ProStreet as a Tier 2 car with a price tag of $39,000. It is already playable in an early raceday of the game - Battle Machine Challenge: Texas. Upon completing this event, the player can pick the 350Z or a Golf GTI as a reward.
The 350Z is capable of outperforming most cars during the earlier portion of the career mode. It is featured with strong acceleration and a fairly high top speed. However, these traits come at the cost of handling, as its rear can quickly become loose in corners.
Need for Speed: World
Most notable trait of the 350Z was acceleration, which was similar to that of competitive Class B cars such as the Mazda RX-8. It had a decent nitrous speed boost as well.
The car had some handling issues because of heavy steering before May 1st, 2012, which was greatly improved with more reactive steering. Understeer at high speed was still perceptible but appeared to occur less frequently than before. Top speed was 159 mph (256 km/h). The Class C variant could drive up to 199 mph (320 km/h) with nitrous applied.
The 350Z was best used in high-speed tracks, where its acceleration could be used effectively.
|Need for Speed: World - Performance Rating|
|The Grey style was an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costed 2300. It was made available on January 18th, 2011.
|The White style was a rotationally available stock cash car that costed 600,000. It was made available on November 16th, 2010.
Before August 22nd, 2012, it could only be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 15 or above and cost 130,000.
|The Rima style was a rental car that could be leased for 150. It was made available on July 27th, 2010.
|The Rima style was a previous rental only car that could be purchased for 300,000. It was made available on June 1st, 2015 as part of the End of the World event.
|The Underground 2 style was a Need for Speed classic car that costed 2600. It was initially released on February 1st, 2011.
It was initially released as a rental car that could be leased for 150. It was later made available for purchase with SpeedBoost on March 2nd, 2011, with a it later being offered for purchase with ingame cash on July 26th, 2011.
Before August 22nd, 2012, it could only be purchased if the player was at Driver Level 22 or above and costed 300,000.
It was fitted with tuned quality Gromlen performance parts, 2-star Skill Mods, and a selection of aftermarket parts. It was based on the box art variation of Rachel Teller's Nissan 350Z featured in Need for Speed: Underground 2.
- In the PC release of Need for Speed: Underground, players may enter the cheat code 350350z after entering the Statistics menu and pressing the delete button. This will unlock the 350Z for Quick Race play. Entering the cheat code gotcharobzombie will unlock the Rob Zombie variant.
- Rachel's 350Z is featured on the box art for Need for Speed: Underground 2.
- Rachel's 350Z is featured with a unique gold vinyl in the Japan-exclusive Need for Speed: Underground 2 Sha-Do release.
|Nissan Fairlady Z (Model Range)|
|240ZG · 350Z (2003) · 350Z (2006) · 370Z (Z34) · 370Z Roadster · 370Z Sport (Z34)|
|Need for Speed: Underground - Vehicles|
|Vehicles||Acura Integra Type R (Honda Integra Type R) · Acura RSX · Dodge Neon · Ford Focus · Honda Civic Si · Honda S2000 · Hyundai Tiburon GT (Hyundai Coupe) · Mazda Miata (Mazda MX-5 · Mazda RoadsterJP) · Mazda RX-7 · Mitsubishi Eclipse · Mitsubishi Lancer · Nissan 240SX · Nissan 350Z (Nissan Fairlady ZJP) · Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V · Nissan Skyline GT-R · Peugeot 206 · Subaru Impreza · Toyota Celica · Toyota Supra · Volkswagen Golf GTI|
|Traffic||Civil Car · Pickup Truck · SUV · Taxi · Van|
|Parentheses () denote vehicle names in European and Asian releases, JP denotes vehicle names in Japanese releases|
|Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Cut Content|
|Ambulance · BMW M3 (E46) · Camper · Multipoint · Nissan 350Z|