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While the Nissan Z car, and in particular this JDM Fairlady Z, has always been definitively Japanese, it was the US that inspired the original, and in fact it was Nissan’s California design studio that came up with the shape of the Fairlady Z (known as the 350Z in North America). While its predescessors bulked up in weight and price over the years, the new Z takes things back to a familiar formula—stout V6 up front (with no turbocharging, by the way, to keep things simple), long hood and short deck proportions, and rear-wheel drive with independent suspension. In theory, that’s a lot like the original Z-car, but in execution the new Z is much better. Underhood is a large, 3.5-liter V6 that is part of the excellent “VQ” engine family, and it provides a serious amount of power—287 in total. Performance is thus sprightly, with 60 mph reached in just 5.8 seconds; but it’s the handling that really shines in the Z. An all new chassis referred to as “front mid-ship” places the front-mounted engine well back in the chassis, for superior weight balance and excellent performance. While ties to the historic Z-cars are there, the thoroughly modern Z represents a driving experience few coupes then or now can approach.
The 2003 Nissan Fairlady Z - abbreviated as Fairlady Z '03 - is a RWD sports car by Nissan featured in Forza Motorsport 2 and all subsequent main series titles except for Forza Horizon.
The Z33 spec Fairlady Z, known as 350Z outside of Japan, marked the fifth generation of Nissan's Z-car line. It was replaced by the Nissan 370Z (Z34) in 2009.
The Fairlady Z Z33/350Z is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car designed by Ajay Panchal of Nissan Design America in 2000.
It comes with a 3.5L (3,498 cc) naturally aspirated VQ35DE V6 engine producing 287 hp (214 kW) at 6,200 rpm and 273 ft·lb (370 N·m) at 4,800 rpm. Available transmissions include a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic, with the former being used in the Forza series.
It weighs 3310 lb (1501 kg), giving it a power-to-weight ratio of 11.53 lb/5.23 kg per hp.
Forza Motorsport Fairlady Z
The Forza Motorsport Fairlady Z is an upgraded variant that is depicted on the box art for Forza Motorsport 2. It was available in the Limited Collector's Edition releases of Forza Motorsport 2 and Forza Motorsport 3.
Team Forza Fairlady Z
The Team Forza Fairlady Z is an upgraded variant that comes with a "10 Year Anniversary" livery. It appears in the 10 Year Anniversary Car Pack add-on for both Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 6 and is the only playable version of the Fairlady Z in the former game.