The Nissan 350Z has added another award to its bulging trophy cabinet by picking up the gong for Japanese Performance Car of the Year for 2007, announced in the December issue (on sale now).
Beating off competition from rivals including the Mazda RX-8, the Mistubishi Evo IX and the Subaru Impreza, the 350Z was praised for its "stunning looks, equipment levels and value for money."
Chris Rees, Editor of Japanese Performance Car described why the 350Z took the crown: "The Nissan 350Z sums up everything we like about Japanese performance cars. It's a real sports car: a flexible yet rev-happy 3.5-litre V6 engine, an incredibly grippy chassis that gets better the more you extend it, a chunky steering feel and a bristling engine note.
"It doesn't harm its cause that it's also stunning to look at, well equipped, beautifully built and amazing value for money. It's still the world's best sub-?30,000 coupé," he continued.
Earlier this year, the 350Z was revised to offer more power from a higher revving engine (224 kW and 7000 rpm max), and a refreshed exterior with restyled front end and new look headlamps and LED tail-lamps.
The interior was also improved with repositioned switchgear, soft-feel materials, greater storage opportunities, factory-fitted navigation option, speed dependent power steering and standard Bluetooth phone integration (coupé only).