Would you buy the ageing Nissan 370Z over a four-cylinder Porsche Cayman or Jaguar F-Type? Not many people would… which is why Nissan’s given its slow-selling coupe a series of cosmetic revisions for 2018.
Look closely, and you’ll see new black door handles along with a matching black rear bumper. Dark tinted head and taillights – previously only available on the range-topping Nismo model – are now standard across the range. Customers can now opt for new 19-inch alloy wheels, and there’s also a new metallic red exterior body colour.
The only mechanical revision is a high-performance Exedy clutch which, Nissan says, perfects the downshift, being easier to use and providing a more precise gear change. The engine remains the same potent 3.7-litre V6 as before, providing 328hp and a 0-62mph time of 5.3 seconds when combined with the six-speed manual gearbox. A seven-speed auto ‘box is also available.
Talking about the 370Z upgrades, Nissan Europe’s chief marketing manager, C-segment and sports cars, Ryan Gains, said: “For nearly half a century, Nissan’s Z-car series has built a cult following with sports car fans with a passion for performance and quality. The Nissan 370Z MY18 remains true to this legacy, further elevating driving dynamics and classic design to new levels.”
More Nissan 370Z on MR:
The interior remains largely unchanged, except the firm’s NissanConnect premium seven-inch infotainment system incorporating a sat-nav, DVD player and rear-view camera, is now standard on GT models. Previously it was only standard on the Nismo.
Nissan dealers are now taking orders for the 2018 370Z, with prices sticking at £29,185.