By on September 13, 2017

2018 Nissan 370Z, Image: Nissan

There’s not much new in the 2018 Nissan 370Z, nor was there much new last year, and the year before that. In fact, this model has been around since Shane was still alive on The Walking Dead.

Like last year, an equivalently priced Mustang or Camaro will be arguably more modern with better technology, especially with the 2018 changes to those models. But, as long-time readers may know, I feel that either of those cars equipped sans V8 is more pointless than ordering a Diet Coke to accompany one’s double Big Mac and supersized fries.

A base Z is worthy of attention — 29,990 of the finest American dollars will net buyers a slick-looking rear-wheel drive coupe with more than enough power to get new drivers in trouble. This model year, buyers can lavishly shell out an extra $790 for a 370Z Heritage Edition, available in a couple of colors with interior/exterior tape and stripe frippery. You don’t need it.

A double-wishbone suspension and 3300-pound curb weight lends sporty handling characteristics, while Nissan’s 3.7-liter V6 makes 332 horsepower in this application, zinging to a 7500rpm redline via a snick-snick six-speed manual. For 2018, the engineers at Nissan have installed an EXEDY high-performance clutch on the base model.

The fast cut of the Z’s roofline still recalls the styling flourish of its mighty GT-R brother. A next-generation Z is rumored to be in the works, perhaps taking the same path of Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross concept. I sincerely hope not. The only Zs that should be found in a crossover are those emanating from slumbering passengers. Thanks to emissions and economy regs, it’ll probably be a downsized turbo-four or (gasp!) a hybrid. Appreciate this naturally aspirated V6 Z while you can.

Economies of scale ensure base Z customers enjoy some features initially thought to be found solely in costly trims, such as an intelligent key with pushbutton ignition and automatic temperature control. Windows are one-touch up/down and the infotainment system has Bluetooth capability. Good thing, too: the flat-surface interface of buttons is a keyboard I have played rather badly in past experiences in the Z.

Unlike last year, the tasty Chicane Yellow paint is an extra-cost option, as it is offered only on the Heritage Edition. Pearl White and Passion Red add simoleons to the Monroney, too. This year, stick with the $0 Deep Blue Pearl. The lovely Black Cherry hue has checked out like a coulrophobiac leaving the It movie.

North of the border, like last year, the deal is even better. Nissan’s Zed in base trim is priced only eight dollars more than an equivalent American version, equating to (at today’s exchange rate) a shade under $25,000. A wider palette of colors is available, too. Perhaps Carlos likes us more.

[Image: Nissan]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a whole lot better. What do you think of this choice, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selection.

The model above is shown with American options and is priced in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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19 Comments on “Ace of Base: 2018 Nissan 370Z...”


  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Its age is its worst enemy. You can pick up an 09 for 1/3 the price and get the same exact driving experience. You can get a used Track model with the big Akebonos and VLSD for like half the price. 600cc sportbikes have the same problem.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    FYI, apparently the touchscreen sound system is NOT standard. Instead you get a unit that appears to have come unmolested from a Versa.

    • 0 avatar
      Dawnrazor

      Correct (though I am not sure whether or not the audio specs are the same as the unit in the Versa).

      Some buyers might see this as a feature rather than a bug however; the unit appears to be a standard double-DIN configuration, which will make for much easier aftermarket audio installation. (I’d imagine there is probably still a lot of interest in doing this among the Z-owning cohort, even though it isn’t 1994 anymore).

      • 0 avatar
        kvndoom

        Metra 99-7607B

        I do it in every car I buy that allows it. It’s a feature I specifically look for. Part of my research is speaker sizes and availability of dash kits.

        The 2007 TSX I had taught me an incredibly valuable lesson. If the stereo sucks a$$, it had damn well better be replaceable.

  • avatar
    notapreppie

    I dunno, I think the sport package is probably worth it for the bigger brakes, VLSD and rev matching MT gearbox.

    You can probably make up some of the $3500 difference by selling the Rays forged 19″ wheels for $1500 and picking up some 18″ wheels from the base model on the cheap (which many owners have verified will fit).

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      The brakes are easy to swap out and pretty much a must have. Moving down to 18″s wheels is a good call as well. Most people hate the VLSD but the rev matching is pretty sweet.

      The real problem is what sportyaccordy said: since this car hasn’t changed in years its hard to overlook just getting a used one. Granted you have to find one that hasn’t been beaten silly or riced out. However if you want a “toy” a base level Z is excellent choice. As a bonus you don’t see that many of them. Even at the track I only encounter 2 or 3 other Zs in what is literally as sea of Miatas, ‘Vettes, 911s and M3s.

  • avatar
    LS1Fan

    “I feel that either of those cars equipped sans V8 is more pointless than ordering a Diet Coke to accompany one’s double Big Mac and supersized fries.”

    In the age of the 1LE Camaro v6, this attitude is obsolete.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      Username fails to check out.

    • 0 avatar
      racer-esq.

      It’s been obsolete since the 2011 Mustang and new Camaro. It’s like saying getting a Z instead of a GT-R is a mistake. And the McDonald’s analogy is moronic. A Diet Coke pairs very well with a Big Mac and large fries, just like, at a higher level, a good steak pairs well with dry red wine.

      • 0 avatar
        TonyJZX

        I’m ok with that simply because its one of personal and group expectation.

        I get it that the ZL1 is $70k and so out of reach however the SS 1LE is $45k or so and not that big a jump over the V6 1LE… you and everyone else will always be thinking why you didnt just save a bit more and get the SS V8 if not for sheer resale. Same goes with the Mustang/Challenger.

        This is not the case with the 350/370 – this always had the V6 so you and your group and the crowd will never be thinking “hey I shoulda got the V8”

        I’m ok with the 350/370, its earned its place. The two seat thing kills it for me again but with so few cars with so laser a focus, even I feel that the 350/370 could earn a place in my garage…. and I used to hate the things because cars like the Skyline filled its role so much better.

        • 0 avatar
          racer-esq.

          If you get a Z everyone will be wondering why you didn’t get a V8, an emergency backseat and a better, more modern platform with an SS.

          • 0 avatar
            TonyJZX

            That may be you but its not me.

            I expect a cat to behave like a cat. I drive 4 cyl. diesel van for work and I dont wonder why it doesnt have a V8.

            My daily is a 4 cyl CUV w/ CVT. I dont wonder why it doesnt have a V8 manual in it.

            If I even bought a 350/370 I’d be content with the way it is. I dont expect to carry 5 people, I have an SUV for that. I dont expect it to carry a ladder and a ton, I have a work van for that.

            I’m sort of in a Japanese phase, it could be an EVO7-9, it could be a 350/370, it could be a Skyline R33/R34 GTR.

            I accept things as they are designed. I would not accept a V6 1LE because its so close to what its supposed to be, and it could have been with a bit of cash in the beginning.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    No mention of “torque”, LSD, or 0-60/1/4 mile? I figure around 280/5.5/13.5, open diff. Not that “performance” matters to anyone here, I could look them up, but I already lost interest.

    Z cars aren’t on my radar, nor anyone I know, and I rarely see any on the street. I’d tell anyone considering one to just get the V6 Mustang. Nissans are purdy much a letdown.

  • avatar
    Jean-Pierre Sarti

    having owned one of the originals, these revival Zs have always left me with a feeling that they are too porky. Imagine how it would feel if it was 2800 pounds. My experience in riding in them was ride quality was not all that great either so why did Nissan make it so relatively heavy?

    I am curious how the specs of this Z matches up with the new Supra.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    But, as long-time readers may know, I feel that either of those cars equipped sans V8 is more pointless than ordering a Diet Coke to accompany one’s double Big Mac and supersized fries.

    Meh, depends on what you think the enemy is, carbs or fat.

    • 0 avatar
      Compaq Deskpro

      It’s more like eating a single patty burger, regular fries, and a regular coke, rejoicing at the low low price and the jobs created, then going to the gym to burn it off. It is enough.

  • avatar
    EAF

    Older VQ’s had access covers for the main chain tensioner & water pump. I’ve serviced many, some with relatively low miles. These later VQ variants do not have such covers, in order to service either, you must remove the entire engine cover! No thanks.

    Yes, I am crazy, this lost feature is more important to me than any audio, brake or diff package.

  • avatar
    slap

    There are 5 or 6 350Z’s in my neighborhood. Strangely enough, there are no 370Z’s.


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