Yep. That Nissan exhaust sound that came with the first new Z cars was definitely a stroke of genius. There are no other cars that sound like it. It is very unique. Sure, a Carrera GT has a great sound. Enzo has a great sound. But there is no comparison to the Nissan exhaust and it's calm purring at low revs, and the almost animal like growl at high revs. None.
I love to roll the windows down and listen to my car when I start it, when I drive in tunnels or parking decks. I just love it. And I see people look too, when I drive by, and it's not the looks of the car necessarily, it's the sound of the exhaust.
The other day there was a lady at a red light next to me. She was in a new FX 50. Looks good on the outside. Had not heard the new V-8 sound yet......... I rolled down my window and asked her to rev the engine for me, and I was very disappointed. Sure, it is the V8 and you can't get the same note from it as you can the 6's, but it was kind of a let down as far as the tone.
I'll have to say the 35 and even the old model V8 FX 45 sound so much better than this new 50. (i still think it made her feel sporty that I wanted to hear her exhaust. she said she liked my car as well. I was in the G)
As for the new G coupes........well, I think they look good, but I think they blend a little too easily into the background now. They cleaned up the shape a little too much. And as for that ugly-ass convertible....... enough said.