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7 Levels but Few Options on New Z

July 03, 2002

Nissan's 2003 model 350Z comes in seven trim levels, starting at $26,809. Although there's quite a spread from there to the top of the line, all versions use the same 287-horsepower engine and the same lightweight suspension systems. So buyers with limited budgets don't have to settle for less oomph. Here's a rundown of what you'd get for your bucks:

* The base model comes with five-speed, 17-inch wheels and tires, cloth seats, air conditioning, power windows and an in-dash CD player.

* The next step up is the Enthusiast model ($28,789), a base model with upgrades that include a six-speed manual, cruise control, limited-slip differential, traction control and Xenon headlamps. There also is an Enthusiast model with five-speed automatic ($29,759).

* The Performance model is the mid-level Z ($30,969). It comes with six-speed manual, 18-inch tires and alloy wheels, skid control and tire pressure monitor in addition to the Enthusiast upgrades.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday July 04, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 9 inches; 331 words Type of Material: Correction
Nissan 350Z--A review and an options list in Wednesday's Highway 1 incorrectly listed the transmission choices for the base model of the new Nissan 350Z. The base model comes only with a six-speed manual transmission.
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For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday July 10, 2002 Home Edition Highway 1 Part G Page 2 Business Desk 1 inches; 46 words Type of Material: Correction
Nissan 350Z--The base model of the new Nissan 350Z comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. There is no five-speed manual offered. Both a review and an options list in last week's Highway 1 incorrectly included one among the transmission choices for the car.

* The Touring models--one with six speed ($33,719) and one with five-speed automatic ($32,129)--add leather seating, power seat adjusters, heated seats and mirrors and an upgraded seven-speaker Bose stereo with six-disc in-dash CD changer. The Touring with automatic omits the anti-skid system.

* The top-of-the-line Track model ($34,619) is a street-legal Z that loses the leather seats and Bose stereo but adds larger, high-performance Brembo disc brakes; front and rear spoilers for improved aerodynamics, and 18-inch aluminum racing wheels that are 8.8 pounds lighter than the 18-inch alloys (that's a total savings of 35.2 pounds of unsprung weight, which makes a lot of difference in competitive situations).

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