Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan 350Z vs Civic Type-R

0-60mph

Top speed

Nissan 350Z
155 mph
Civic Type-R
145 mph

0-100mph

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s
Civic Type-R
15.9 s

Top Gear track time

Nissan 350Z
1:31.80
Civic Type-R
1:33.50

1/4 mile

Nissan 350Z
13.8 s
Civic Type-R
14.9 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan 350Z

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 350Z

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Faster in the quarter mile 13.8 s vs 14.9 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 13.8 s vs 15.9 s Around 15% faster to 100mph
More torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM vs 143 ft-lb More than 90% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 155 mph vs 145 mph 10 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 198 HP @ 8,000 RPM Around 45% stronger engine
Bigger engine 3,500 cc vs 2,000 cc 75% bigger engine
Faster to 200kph 22.8 s vs 29.9 s Around 25% faster to 200kph
Great lap time on the Hockenheim Short track 1:18.70 vs 1:21.30 Around 5% great lap time on the Hockenheim Short track
Front view of Honda Civic Type-R

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Honda Civic Type-R

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Lighter curb weight 2,981 lb vs 3,370 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan 350Z  vs
Civic Type-R 
Brand Nissan Honda
Year 2002-2007 2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.91 lb/hp 15.06 lb/hp
Maximum hp 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM 198 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM 143 ft-lb
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,500 cc 2,000 cc
Fuels
Gas
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,370 lb 2,981 lb

road tests

Nissan 350Z  vs
Civic Type-R 
Top speed 155 mph 145 mph
1/4 mile 13.8 s 14.9 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 6.5 s
0-100mph 13.8 s 15.9 s
0-200kph 22.8 s 29.9 s
Top gear time 1:31.80 1:33.50
Tsukuba circuit time 1:09.72 1:12.22
Hockenheim short lap time 1:18.70 1:21.30

transmission

Drivetrain RWD FWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Nissan 350Z
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