Skyline V35/G35 GT350
The radical V35
Nissan skyline is completely different to previous models you get the
felling that it was Nissans intention to tackle the likes of BMW and
Mercedes. Let start with the new shape a very modern design with smooth
curves and lines which make it look very European /American.
The front of the car features a huge grill (which is
a bit big for my liking) and sexy vertical style headlights. Moving
to the side view the car looks very bulky with huge doors and smooth
enlarged guards which look a lot less deliberate than that of a GTR.
From the rear to the car looks great with twin exhaust tips and LED
brake lights, but much to my disappointment the stove top tail-lights
The interior of
the car looks great and again has a European feel about it. This Skyline
has much more leg room than previous models but due to the sloping room
there is little heat room in the back for tall passengers. Airbags are
standard of course, along with a 6 stack cd player, and climate control.
All controls are at arms reach and are very easy to use.
This Nissan skyline
shares the same layout and engine as the 350Z but has a more luxurious
style about it. The wheel base is slightly longer and the ride is more
comfortable because of this the 350z is probably a slightly better performer.
A 3.5L V6 replaces the aging RB engine and let me tell you itís a beauty,
with 206kw @ 6000rpm and Nm at 4í800rpm. This engine performs and sounds
fantastic the RB engine was good but you just canít beat the throttle
response of an NA.
The new platform
ignores the notion that 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution is the
key to balanced handling. Nissan has employed a distribution of 53:47
this takes into account the pre-load which occurs when steering into
a corner and counterbalances as weight shifts to the rear under acceleration,
the result is a more stable feeling car. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
replaces the old HICAS system, using a number of sensors it reduces
both under and over-steer by applying brake pressure or cutting power
from individual wheels. This technology makes the car very easy drive
at the limit.
Over all the V35
Skyline is a fantastic much improved car it has lost some of its hardcore
sport-ness but this has been replaced with a more luxurious livable
car. I put this car in a different class to that of previous models
and place it up their with more luxury sports cars like BMW and Audi.
I believe the V35 Nissan Skyline appeals to a larger audience which
is good news for Nissan.
Nissan Skyline V35 GT350
|| 2 door coupe
/ reer wheel drive
W RR P245/45R18 W
||Front - 320mm
ventilated, 4-piston calipers
Rear - 300mm ventilated, 2-piston calipers
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
4-channel/4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
& Pinion speed sensitive
suspension with stabilizer bar
Twincam, all alloy, molybdenum coated pistons
|| 3.5 liters
||206kW @ 6,200rpm
||365Nm @ 4800rpm
|Bore x Stroke
||95.5 x 81.4
||6 Speed Manual
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