Nissan 350Z Becomes Near-Perfect Nissan Z Replica

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If the Nissan Z's delay has got you down, you could follow suit.

With the introduction of the new Nissan Z, we're guessing there's a horde of 370Z and 350Z owners itching to get their hands on the newcomer. We don't blame them - the Z sports a 3.0-liter V6 with 400 horsepower on tap and, refreshingly, the option to row your own gears.

But sadly, the Supra rival is already facing delays. Those who simply cannot wait any longer may take a leaf out of one 350Z owner's book, who decided to create his very own Z car. Instagram user skp_diorama has documented the custom build and, we must say, we're rather impressed by the ambitious project.

In terms of exterior styling, the 350Z is vastly different from the new Z car. Thankfully, the pair share similar proportions making the transition slightly easier. The foundation of the project, a silver Z33, is nearing completion but it looks to have been a rather arduous journey. Now sporting Ikazuchi Yellow paintwork, it's shaping up rather nicely.

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The front bumper is the spitting image of the item found on the 2023 Nissan Z and includes the pronounced flourishes and deeper front grille. This must have required extensive modifications, as the 350Z has a more rounded front facia and smaller air intake. Similarly, the hood now wears the new Z's distinctive bulge. The stock headlights have been eschewed for what appears to be aftermarket units, but more work will be needed to fully mirror the contemporary model.

The side profile has also received new side skirts and, at a glance, this custom project is starting to shape up. The rear end of the 350Z will be difficult, though. While the new Z car has a blunt rear end inspired by the 300ZX (Z32), the 350Z has a voluptuous rear facia, with a particularly bulbous bumper and wraparound taillamps. Altering the stern of the two-door sports car will prove a tough challenge. Lastly, the roof (and rear bumper) have been treated to some black paintwork.

There's no word yet as to whether the stock 3.5-liter V6 has received upgrades but, if the owner is fully committed to the idea, we're guessing there are plans to improve the performance. Similarly, it appears the interior will remain unchanged. Some may consider this sacrilege, but the 350Z was a mass-produced sports car and there are plenty of pristine examples still running around.

This Z car mashup may not be to your liking, but there's no denying the attention to detail and high-quality workmanship (we've certainly seen worse). We're looking forward to seeing the finished project and just how close the owner gets to his muse. Judging by the Nissan Z's delays, it's possible the custom build will be ready before the newcomer hits the showroom. When it does eventually arrive, it's set to give the Toyota Supra a bloody nose. Not only does it have a lower base MSRP, but the sonorous-sounding V6 will be standard across the range.

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