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Ok, I have seen this can of worms over and over and over and over again in the chats. Let me tell you what I know. I dont know the latests, but the last I heard Nissan couldnt massage the 280 HP out of the motor in the 350Z ,an estimated 260 IMO, and the car will weigh in at a 3150 lbs. Thats 400 lbs heavier than the RX8, and only ten HP. One thing that the 350Z may have over the RX8 is the TQ number. But that TQ number could mean didly considering that these are sports cars not 1320 racers. The RX8 seems more like a go cart then the 350Z in the handling department due to its 50:50 weight distribution and the wheel base and the lighter car and the engines position. The 350Z has an aftermarket following already planned for it and more specs are available (due in fact to the early release, and Nissan does have a preorder system in place) but look to the RX8 for an equal following as the sport car becomes more and more rare in the Sub 30 category. Also based on the talk it has generated elsewhere the RENESIS motor has caught many an eye.
alright, Ive met many people that alwaystry to get technical and talk about the stats of ther car against mine, and i walked all over them. Ya follow me, to me stats are only numbers, you either put up or shut up. I mean they can give all th details they want, and I just got to say that I have a 3-rotor and they can't compare to it. So forget the stats and we'll wait and see.
Last edited by Burnout441; 02-25-2002 at 11:24 PM.
Nissan has quoted a horsepower rating above 280 horses for the 350Z. With 260 ftlbs of torque. I seriously don't think 160 ftlbs of torque from the renesis engine will be able to keep up even with the powerband. The weight of the RX-8 I thought was quoted at 2900 lbs in Car and Driver so that's not far off the 3150 of the 350Z. Street the 350Z will win, Track would be interesting but with the low torque numbers I still would give it to the 350Z.
I was looking in that Issue of RandT today when I saw something that caught my eye. If you look at the article about the Panoz Esperante you'll see that they list two weights, one that is the curb weight and one that is the weight as tested and the weight as tested is about 180-190lbs off from the Curb weight (the driver parked his *** in it). The RX8 has a difference of 180-190 LBS from the 2750 we all expect and were hoping for. That means that weight listed is most likey with driver, and that means you have to add about 180-190 LBS to the weight of the 350Z. So figure 3340-3350LBS for that car. And this is where the 30 additional "target" hp are gonna come in. And yes the TQ band is gonna effect this battle, if the RX8 can pull its Richard Simmons light *** for a long time and the 350Z can only launch its Drew Carey heavy *** with a small amount of the RPM range. then you have a good race. I can just hear it now,
"The NISSAN GETS A GOOD JUMP OFF THE LINE BUT THE MAZDA IS MAKING ITS WEIGH BACK, THEY ARE NECK AND NECK AT THE 660 MARK AND THE MAZDA IS NOT LETTING UP AND THE NISSAN IS FALLING BEHIND AND THE RX8 OUT RUNS THE 350Z BY .1 SECONDS!"
I think you are being a little too biased. Both the cars are great but stock vs. stock the 350z will take it to school. The 350z will be running 13's in the quarter mile and the RX8 will be running 14's if the specs stay the same as they are now. Torque is very important, that's why a stock mustang gt will take the honda s2000.