Nissan Teana 350 XV Review
My uncle is a gangster

Story & pictures by Jeremy R. Chua
15 Sep 2009
 

A must for the Yakuza boss who wants to keep a low-profile.  Or for the executive who wants to feel like one...

Nissan Teana 350 XV

Think wise guy. Think goon. Think gangster. Now what comes to mind? The scenes that will probably play out involve a bunch of mean-looking guys shaking down some poor hapless shop owner for "protection money". There will be duffel bags filled with illegal narcotics being exchanged for briefcases filled with cash in some dark alley or ulu location.

In each person's mind, the characters involved are different. Some might equate gangsters to the stereotypical Mafioso - guys clad in dark suits with severely gelled hair. Others who've been watching too many triad flicks might imagine a number of young, rough-faced men carrying lead pipes.

Many will agree however, that despite these differences, there is a common factor when it comes to gang bosses: The fat cats wear the nicest clothes and are driven in the nicest cars. No sports cars here - the big bosses are chauffeured around in large, expensive cars that befit their status.

A true "wise guy" however, wouldn't go for an uber-expensive ride. That would call too much attention to him and make him an easy target for his enemies. A more understated, (but no less cushy) ride is a safer way of getting about.

Exterior

From the exterior, it's not easy to tell all three Teana variants apart. Badges aside, you can only distinguish them by looking at the wheels and tyres. The 2.0-liter model makes do with 16 inch wheels wrapped in 205/65 series tyres, while both the 2.5 and 3.5-liter models get 17-inch alloys with 215/55 series tyres.

Incidentally, both the 2.5 and 3.5-liter variants are also equipped with the same alloys, so telling them apart can still be tricky. There's practically the same amount of chrome across the range too, but perhaps because this is the top-end model we're talking about, the chrome detailing here does seem somewhat more striking.

The only other feature you can use to tell the top-end model from its lesser siblings is the twin-glass sunroof that comes as standard equipment here - it's hard to miss when it's tilted open.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 3498cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Bore x Stroke (95.5 x 81.4)mm
Power 251bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 326Nm @ 4400rpm
Power to Weight 160.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 210 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4850 x 1795 x 1485) mm
Wheelbase 2775 mm
Turning Circle 5.7 metres
Kerb Weight 1560 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs