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2018 Nissan 370Z update arrives in Oz

By Tony O’Kane, 09 Feb 2018 Car News

2018 Nissan 370Z update arrives in Oz

Nissan’s entry-level sports car gets a modest sprucing-up for 2018 to complement the significant price haircut it received last year

As the Nissan 370Z continues to drive further into its twilight years, Nissan Australia has kept chipping away at its aging sports car to help keep it relevant.

The regular 370Z range  will now benefit from a small number of subtle upgrades, most of them cosmetic. A vibrant Cherry Red hue replaces Bordeaux in the colour palette, while new-design 19-inch alloys are now bolted to each hub.

The headlamp and tail-lamp clusters receive darker internals and are matched with doorhandles painted in smokey silver, though that rounds out the obvious differences between the 2018 model and the car it supersedes.

Hop into a manual-equipped 370Z Coupe or Convertible, however, and you’ll enjoy an uprated clutch (made by performance brand Exedy) that offers crisper response.

The 2018 enhancements only apply to the vanilla 370Z models – the 370Z Nismo, having only launched recently, sees no alterations to its offering.

A substantial price cut introduced in the latter half of last year saw the cost of entry plummet to just $49,990 for the standard 370Z coupe manual, while the launch of the 370Z Nismo in August brought some much-needed sparkle to the Z range. The updated-for-2018 370Z range sees no changes to that pricing.

Nor does it see any changes to performance. Engine and suspension specs carry over from the 2017 model, and besides the uprated clutch in manual models, there are no drivetrain changes either. A paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic continues to be offered across the range, in both Coupe or Roadster forms.

All models are powered by a 3.7-litre naturally-aspirated V6, producing 245kW/363Nm in regular 370Zs and 253kW/374Nm in the Nismo.

2018 NISSAN 370Z PRICING

  • Nissan 370Z Coupe manual - $49,990
  • Nissan 370Z Coupe auto - $52,490
  • Nissan 370Z Convertible manual - $60,990
  • Nissan 370Z Convertible auto - $ 63,490
  • Nissan 370Z Nismo Coupe manual - $61,490
  • Nissan 370Z Nismo Coupe auto - $63,990