Road Tests Real world tests of Impreza WRX vs Nissan 350Z

0-60mph

Impreza WRX
4.6 s
Nissan 350Z
5.2 s

Top speed

Impreza WRX
142 mph
Nissan 350Z
155 mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Subaru Impreza WRX

Reasons to consider the
Subaru Impreza WRX

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Faster to 60mph 4.6 s vs 5.2 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
Higher redline 7,000 RPM vs 6,600 RPM More than 5% more revs
Side view of Nissan 350Z

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 350Z

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Faster top speed 155 mph vs 142 mph 13 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Bigger engine 3,500 cc vs 2,000 cc 75% bigger engine
More powerful engine 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 215 HP @ 5,600 RPM More than 30% stronger engine
More torque 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM vs 216 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM More than 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Impreza WRX  vs
Nissan 350Z 
Brand Subaru Nissan
Year 2001 2002-2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 15.04 lb/hp 11.91 lb/hp
Maximum hp 215 HP @ 5,600 RPM 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 216 ft-lb @ 3,600 RPM 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 6,600 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc 3,500 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 10.3:1
Bore/stroke 3.62 in / 2.95 in 3.78 in / 3.19 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Impreza WRX  vs
Nissan 350Z 
Top speed 142 mph 155 mph
0-60mph 4.6 s 5.2 s

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / 4WD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Axle ratio 4.11:1 3.54:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 406/? 178 457/? 203
Rear wheels 406/? 178 216/? 180

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,234 lb 3,370 lb
Width 68.1 in 71.5 in
Height 56.5 in 51.9 in
Length 173.4 in 169.4 in
Wheelbase 99.4 in 104.3 in
Subaru Impreza WRX
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