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Hello everyone, I will be purchasing a 2006 Z this coming Spring and I was wondering if someone could tell me or direct me to a link that can tell me what changes have been made to the 2006 model? I plan on going to the Auto Show this coming year, but the sales people are never as good with tech info. Let me know! Thanks everyone!!!
 

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From the officical 2006 350Z thread;

Mechanical
• 300 Horsepower/7000 RPM on all M/T models
• Increased brake rotor size for non-Brembo brakes
• Vehicle Speed Sensitive Power Steering,
• "TOPS" (Twin Orifice Power Steering)

Exterior
• Revised front bumper, headlights and grille
• Rear brake lights LED
• Standard 18" cast wheel
• New RAYS super lightweight 5-spoke forged-alloy wheels
o Wheels: Front: 18" x 9"; Rear: 19" x 10"
o Tires: Front: 245/40-18; Rear: 265/40-19
(Track and Grand Touring Coupe)
• Standard xenon headlights

Interior
Revised interior design
• New cloth seat material
• Revised door panel styling
• Location of seat heater switches/hazard switch
• Location of ash tray (removable, in cup holder)
• Revised HVAC controls
• Storage space in door panel (cup holder)
• Net storage on passenger side foot well
• Revised meter styling
• Steering wheel switch lighting (All models except Base)

Audio
• MP3 CD capability for Bose Audio System
• Steering wheel audio controls (All models except Base)

Trim
• Performance model deleted
• Grand Touring coupe model
• Includes all items on coupe Touring model plus:
• Brembo Brakes
• Front and Rear Spoiler
• VDC
• Grand Touring roadster AT model
• Includes all items on roadster Touring model plus:
• Brembo Brakes
• Front Spoiler
• VDC

Color
• 3 New Colors
• Silver Alloy (K23) replaces Chrome Silver (KY0)
• Magnetic Black (G41) replaces Super Black (KH3)
• Interlagos Fire (L40) replaces Ultra Yellow (E33)


If I understand correctly (which I rarely do), I believe that the 2006 model will inherit the 35th AE engine. Hence we get the following:

Continuously Variable Timing (CVT) on both the Intake and Exhaust Cams
New shorter, wider intake
New Bottom End (Revised pistons, rods, etc.)
New ECU Mapping
Higher Redline stock (7000 vs. 6600)
 
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