Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan 350Z vs M3 (E46)

0-60mph

Top speed

Nissan 350Z
155 mph
M3 (E46) Coupe
155 mph

0-100mph

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

1/4 mile

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan 350Z

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 350Z

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Slightly bigger engine 3,500 cc vs 3,246 cc Around 10% bigger engine
Default view of BMW M3 (E46)

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BMW M3 (E46) Coupe

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Faster to 100mph 11.7 s vs 13.8 s More than 15% faster to 100mph
More powerful engine 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM vs 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
Faster to 200kph 19.5 s vs 22.8 s Around 15% faster to 200kph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan 350Z  vs
M3 (E46) 
Brand Nissan BMW
Year 2002-2007 2001-2007
Highway mileage 25 MPG 24 MPG

design

Body style Coupe Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain RWD Rear wheel drive
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.54:1
2: 2.32:1
3: 1.64:1
4: 1.27:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.79:1
Axle ratio 3.54:1 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 457/? 203
Rear wheels 216/? 180 457/? 229

road tests

Nissan 350Z  vs
M3 (E46) 
Top speed 155 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 13.8 s 13.5 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 5.1 s
0-100mph 13.8 s 11.7 s
0-200kph 22.8 s 19.5 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.91 lb/hp 10.09 lb/hp
Maximum hp 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM 343 HP @ 7,900 RPM
Maximum torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM 269 ft-lb @ 4,900 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,500 cc 3,246 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.3:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.78 in / 3.19 in 3.43 in / 3.58 in

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,370 lb 3,461 lb
Width 71.5 in 70.1 in
Height 51.9 in 54 in
Length 169.4 in 176.9 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in 107.5 in
Nissan 350Z
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BMW M3 (E46) Coupe
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