Nissan Australia have announced pricing and specification details of their updated 370Z for the 2018 model year. Besides the GT-R, it’s also the only model within the local line-up that isn’t an SUV or crossover or pick-up. Prices start at $49,990, not including on-road costs.
Some may scoff at the 370Z being a little aged at this point, being first introduced in 2009, we’re rather glad Nissan is keeping it around - though we’ll be much happier if they’d follow it up with a proper successor. For 2018, the formula is kept quite faithful to how it’s always been, but now it gains some new exterior bits and small operational refinements.
To distinguish this year’s car - which is available as either Coupe or Roadster - from the rest, you’ll need to be eagle-eyed enough to spot the smoke finished front and rear lights and a smoky finish on the exterior door handles - even easier if its painted in the new colour for 2018, Cherry Red, which replaces the Bordeaux shade offered before. Or, you know, just make sure to spy the new 19-inch alloys.
Under the bonnet, as before, lives a 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6 with 245kW and 363Nm. Peak power arrives at 7,000rpm while torque pinnacles at 5,200rpm. Despite the displacement and its more old school character, its claimed 10.4-litres/100km economy figure isn’t too bad.
Drive is sent to the rear wheels either through a 6-speed manual transmission, which is now fitted with a high performance EXEDY clutch, or a 7-speed torque converter automatic with paddle shifters. Nissan also supplies it with the Premium Braking System with larger rotors and improved callipers.
Each 370Z comes as standard with a 7-inch integrated colour touchscreen with satellite navigation and 3D mapping. The rest of the interior remains untouched, with a rather driver-oriented cockpit wrapped in quite a bit of leather and racy textured cloth.
- 6-speed manual - $49,990
- 7-speed automatic - $49,990
- 6-speed manual - $60,990
- 7-speed automatic - $63,490