By on June 16, 2016

2017 Nissan 370Z NISMO

A vehicle that hasn’t changed in years won’t get a price change for 2017, which shouldn’t impact sales figures that also haven’t changed in years.

Got that? Nissan just released details on the 2017 370Z, and you have to dig deep before finding anything that’s new on the automaker’s rear-drive sport coupe.

Last refreshed for the 2013 model year (2015 for the NISMO), the 370Z soldiers on with the same four trim lines, zero options, and 332-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 as before. The starting price for a base manual transmission coupe again starts at $30,825 after destination and handling.

The NISMO version also returns, unchanged, with its 350 hp V6 and an all-in price of $42,825. The Roadster retails for $42,655.

So, what’s new on the 2017 370Z? A color. Nissan added Chicane Yellow to the coupe’s palette this year.

If it looks like Nissan doesn’t want to mess with a good thing, that certainly could be true. When the resurrected “Z” bowed in the early 2000s, buyers flocked to it, snapping up over 30,000 units in the U.S. in 2003 and 2004. The recession took an axe to the 370Z’s sales, but they’ve stayed almost constant since.

For the past five years, 370Z sales haven’t varied by more than 800 units. Last year, Nissan offloaded 7,391 of them — a high point for that time span. If it ain’t broke, Nissan isn’t willing to fix it.

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54 Comments on “2017 Nissan 370Z: The Song (and Pricing) Remains the Same...”


  • avatar

    I remember when this car was considered the deadliest you could buy…

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      I remember when the twin-turbo 300ZX came out in- what was it- ’89 or ’90, that car was some hot s**t. We stood in amazement at how they could get 300 horsepower from a V6.

    • 0 avatar
      Macca

      The ‘deadliest’ title actually went to the 350Z, from a 2011 IIHS report on cars from 2006-09 (link… https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/the-most-and-least-died-in-vehicles-of-2006-2009/). Connecting the dots, it makes sense, given that some kid that can pick one up second hand for < $20k will turn off VDC and, well, you know the rest. You're in for a surprise if you're coming from a 152 lb-ft, 9 sec 0-60 240SX.

  • avatar
    John R

    Hm. I would’ve thought that they’d have updated the Z with the new turbo motors from the Infiniti G…er…Q50.

    This must be more profitable…I guess.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      1. Why spend money on an outgoing model?
      2. Better to go out with your head held high than to succumb.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Even more fundamentally, there are better cars (way better, in fact) for this kind of money even though anyone paying even 83.2% of 43k for this is an easy lay down.

        This car is literally Japanese OLD Camaro (yes, I am saying I’d rather own a GM product in the new 6G Camaro, though only if these were my only 2 choices).

        This is a truck-like riding, sloppy handling, middling interior quality, somewhat ugly, overpriced vehicle with little real performance in terms of accelerations handling prowess, and it should surprise few as it’s a Nissan product.

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          DW,

          I heard that of the 350Z, but the 370Z is very tight. It looks almost the same as the 350, but they lowered and centered all the mass. It really handles.

          • 0 avatar
            sportyaccordy

            DW is freestyling as his default Pete DeLorenzo clone character, as usual. I owned a 350Z for years and drove the 370Z. They’re not Miatas or Lotuses but I’d hardly call them “sloppy handling” or whatever nonsense he claims. He’s probably never sat in one, let alone drove one.

        • 0 avatar
          SomeGuy

          LOL. What knife edge vehicle do you own DW?

        • 0 avatar
          Macca

          @DeadWeight

          $31k for a base 370Z gets you 4.6-4.9 sec 0-60, 13.1-13.4 sec 1/4 mi @ 107-108 MPH in a ~3,360 lb car with 332 hp & 270 lb-ft (10.1 lb/hp), and roadholding figures from 0.91-0.98 (C&D).

          A base 2016 Camaro V6 MSRPs for $30k and has the following specs: 5.1 sec 0-60, 13.7 sec 1/4 mi @ 103 MPH in a 3,470 lb car with 335 hp & 284 lb-ft (10.4 lb/hp), and 0.91g roadholding (also C&D).

          …I’ll wait while you explain how the Z offers “little real performance.”

          It’s okay if you haven’t sat in a 370Z or didn’t remember that there were marked improvements made from the 350Z (the 370Z debuted nearly 8 years ago, so it’s understandable). But your ‘hot take’ is just silly. At least you could acknowledge that it has exemplary gauges as compared to the ATS.

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          I’ve owned over 20 vehicles, gentlemen. Some were luxurious, some were pigs, some were handlers, what have you.

          I was expressing my opinion based on intimate familiarity with a buddy’s latest/last gen 350Z before the 3.7 liter swap and name change.

          If some of you are telling me the latest 370Z has dramatically improved upon those characteristics of my buddy’s 350Z that I referenced, I am not in a position to dispute this as I have not, in fact, driven one or in one.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            p.s. – Bark crucified the 370Z (not saying he’s “right,” but fodder):

            https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/barks-bites-nissan-doesnt-make-single-car-want-buy/

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    This is just runoff. They’ll sell until they stop making the VQ engines (soon) and then the 370Z (and probably Z coupe in general) will be no more.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    For whatever it’s worth, the Z has outsold the Miata every year from 2003 on besides 2008 and since the release of the ND. They spent their last development dollars on this thing before the recession. It’s kind of like the Dodge Journey of sports cars, except it’s pretty good rather than complete utter garbage.

    No updates they could make will make this thing sell more. The form factor is dying and even as is it’s too expensive to be a play thing like the Miata. It’s a good bargain though. I’d rather get one of these than a V8 Mustang or Camaro… the extra power is not worth the extra weight and against the Camaro it’s not much less, if at all, practical.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I think about how beautiful and advanced the 300ZX was when it debuted, and then how trendy and of the moment the 350Z was when it came out. It looked awesome for about 25 minutes.

      Of course this is because the focus went from “Import this Fairlady” to “Design some bullsh!t in Los Angeles for Americans.”

      Same thing Lexus did with the SC.

      STOP RUINING THE JAPANESE COUPES. Ugh. I don’t want ANY Japanese cars to be designed in America.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Actually, wasn’t the ’90s Z designed in America? Nissan did some cool designs back then.

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        I like the 350Z’s design. The Z32 is timeless but the Z33 had more than a strong whiff of Vantage V8 to it in the right color. I had one in “soccer mom Escalade soap pearl” white and I loved how it looked. It looks cheap/bad in some of the other colors though, I’ll admit.

        Plus a lot of the Z32s came in 2+2 form which was really ugly. The G35 coupe was a much better play.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        Dammit, I want my Genesis Coupes designed by Americans, and my Camaros designed by Koreans!

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I think the Camaro was designed by Ryan Homes, because it’s mostly made of walls. Koreans don’t have much original design in their cars, they get it from other places. I’d suggest Italian outsourcing.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I think the Chinese know a thing or two about walls, pretty great ones.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            You think they go around all day building wall?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I’m sure there is a wall building committee somewhere in country.

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            The 5th-gen Camaro was designed by Sangyup Lee, who is from South Korea. The 6th was a copy/paste job, so I think Lee gets the credit for that too.

          • 0 avatar
            bumpy ii

            “I’d suggest Italian outsourcing.”

            That’s how we ended up with the Autech Stelvio.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            If they got rid of the weird hood awning sticking up, that would be alright! I like the back end already.

          • 0 avatar
            sgeffe

            Ryan Homes = GM! LOLZ!

            Would have had my drink shooting out my nose, were I drinking anything!

            Built subdivisions of their crap in the Toledo area in the early ’70s, then got out one step ahead of the sheriff. Now infesting your area if what I read a year or so ago is true!

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Yep they definitely are. Building in Mason, West Chester, Harrison and other areas.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    $43k for NISMO seems pricey given latest pony cars offerings. Would suck to drive this thing off lot, and then get blown away by a mid-tier Camaro at first stoplight.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      $32k for the sport is much more reasonable though. The Nismo is just a body kit, uprated suspension, and loud exhaust. You could do the performance bits yourself from the parts catalog for less than $3k, or go for similar quality aftermarket stuff for around $2k if you really wanted.

    • 0 avatar
      yamahog

      Yeah but 34k for a mid-tier Camaro seems pricey. Would suck to drive that Camaro off the lot, and then get blown away by an early 2000s sportbike at the first spotlight.

      • 0 avatar
        CarnotCycle

        Toys like bikes are irrelevant. Bolt a motor onto a frame with nothing else but two wheels and it is legal. Do that with four wheels and suddenly it is illegal. That is only reason one cannot buy a car that wastes any bike all day every day, especially when one has to turn the vehicle (cue scene of pick-any-bike-you-like clowning/crashing trying to keep up in F1 Monaco race).

        And that is a ‘truth’ about cars vs. bikes.

        • 0 avatar
          yamahog

          Even if you could bolt an engine to 4 wheels and sell it, I’d bet dollars to doughnuts the engine with 4 wheels would cost more than the engine with 2 wheels for a comparable level of performance.

          Also, do you really want to go toe to toe on ‘toys’ or corners? At least in many places around the world, bikes are great transportation because you can lane-split. Imagine trying to get around Delhi in a Camaro – it’d be an excruciating experience. Just as a Camaro would probably crash into the walls trying to keep up with rally cars or F1 cars.

          • 0 avatar
            CarnotCycle

            All I’m saying is comparing street-legal motorbikes and cars is apples to oranges. And bikes in 1st world are toys. There’s nothing wrong with that; a Ferrari is a toy in same way.

            If ‘early 2000’s sportbike’ (or ANY bike) is in it for a stoplight race with me, I just laugh and let them by. One oops move or unexpected circumstance and it gets existential for the biker fast. Race a Mustang out of Cars and Coffee on a bike…equals dead biker under a Mustang.

            The price/performance with bikes flips badly when the bike does and medical bills start rolling in; and I’ve seen enough bad drivers around bikes (and known enough bikers who ate it responding to other drivers) to know no bikes for me thanks.

            Share the road with them obviously, but they different category far as I’m concerned, including performance, from cars. In other words, irrelevant.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          Bikes are legit. I do about 5000-6000 of my 20000 annual miles of mostly commuting on one, and plenty of people commute primarily by bike without incident. I know a woman who rode for ~40 years without an accident. And there’s no need to race you. My measly 650 twin is faster from 0-80 than 99.9% of cars I encounter on the road. I don’t have to push it at all to leave traffic in the dust.

          Don’t dismiss motorcycles because you are too scared to throw your leg over one. People do it everyday without incident.

          • 0 avatar
            CarnotCycle

            I ride dirt bikes all the time through all kinds of stupid stuff. Its not the bike I fear operating, it is the other operators I have no control over. I used to live in LA and watch bikes split the jam on 405 every day, and I can’t think of another context where someone trusts hundreds of unseen strangers like that to pay attention with the same stakes.

            And I sympathize if you do drive an Accord, I too would need some kind of outlet. And anything with a 650cc motor that goes faster than 99.9% of everything is indeed a toy – not comparable to cars in street-legal world at all. It goes to my original point about mystery of motorbikes being legal while proverbial LSx on a go-kart with turn signals is illegal – that is comparable analog of a 4 wheeled ride to a bike. Its like comparing car you could have versus car you can legally have – totally different.

        • 0 avatar
          formula m

          I agree with Carnotcycle that I enjoy riding my enduro and atv outside the city and off-road. I don’t trust other people to sit at a traffic light on my bike hoping no one hits me.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            I’d have a Yamaha, Kawasaki or Honda bike right now, and would take long, scenic rides on good roads, if it weren’t for the fact that there are so many retards driving cars, trucks and other much larger vehicles ready to negligently or grossly recklessly kill me on those same roads.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Stoplight racing is possibly the lamest sh*t on the road and sportbikers that try to stoplight race passenger cars are mega-dorks.

  • avatar
    duffman13

    I know it gets the inevitable comparison to the pony cars, both V8 and V6 variants and people complain about the power and price. Personally, I think it is situated perfectly in its tiny niche of the market.

    The weight difference and more nimble handling are what make it attractive to its intended audience, and at this point the development costs have been more than paid for. Does it need to improve? I don’t think so – it’s a good, mid-priced sports car as long as you don’t jump into the higher trims.

    All that said, the sport is the one to get. It’s one of the only cars where you can order it with all of the performance upgrades and none of the superfluous luxury add-ons, which is exactly the one I would want.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      Yea I would never get a pony car just on the principle of space efficiency. BMW fit V8s and long I6s into 3 series coupes over a foot shorter than the pony cars while still retaining bigger trunks and back seats. Meanwhile the Camaro is as big as a 5 series and is basically a 2 seater. And I don’t care what anyone says- a car that can do the quarter in 13 flat is plenty fast for the street. If you want a V8 nothing else will do but if that and back seats aren’t mandatory, and you want something with more bite than a Miata/BRZ, it’s a no brainer.

      And as far as insurance my old 350Z with full coverage cost the same to insure as my Civic sedan. I’m in my early 30s though.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    It needs the 280ZX silver and blue two tone paint job.

    We Are Driven!!!!!

  • avatar
    SomeGuy

    I always find it funny when reading reviews of the G37 or the 370Z today.

    Reviewers slam the motor for being crap, but back in the day when these cars came out, 330HP from 3.7L was flat out nuts in 2007. Same thing for the 3.5L with 300HP. This stuff was class leading at its origination. Like all Japanese marques, Nissan is doing what Lexus/Toyota/Honda/etc. does, which is they keep the same engine as long as possible before they have to update them.

    Guess what that results in? Seriously good reliability. My 3.7L in the G37 has been bulletproof in 4+ years of ownership.

    I got a 2011 FX35 with the ‘archaic’ 3.5L V6. I expect this motor to be even more reliable than the 3.7L.

    • 0 avatar
      Macca

      Exactly. My previous response to DeadWeight disappeared, but I reiterated the Z’s performance specs, which have held up extremely well against newer, updated competition.

      • 0 avatar
        olddavid

        You are both right, but the fact they undercut the car by selling the Infiniti Coupe is a travesty. The Coupe is better looking with more flexibility and equal chops. I tried to convince wife two doors was plenty, but she ended up with an M35x. Go figure.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Macca, let Mark know that your comment above disappeared (my response above was to your comment and the other ones, and I just noticed that your prior comment really did just vanish).

  • avatar
    RRocket

    I still think this is a compelling buy for $30K. Remember…this is a car in some comparos that equalled (and beat) a Cayman around a track.

    Mighty impressive for $30K….

  • avatar
    JMII

    As long as the next Z comes out with the twin turbo from the Infiniti Q50 all will be forgiven. As I’ve said before the Z occupies this weird middle ground – heavier then a Miata but less powerful then V8 pony cars. It’s a fun track car with your standard brake and tire upgrades. I enjoy the hell out of mine but wouldn’t complain if it had another 100 HP. As a daily driver its a bit too stiff and loud. The G35/37 is the answer if you want more of GT car. As is for most people the Z just makes too many compromises, but I like its pure, raw nature and the fact that its small (a Camaro is aircraft carrier in comparison).

    To understand the value of the current 370Z just look to my old 350Z (Z33) model – when brand new in 2003 (rebirth) it was also $33K which seems insane! And while its hard to find one that hasn’t been beat to death, grabbing one off the used market makes for a perfect weekend or track car. Most of the Zs I encounter on track have either been stripped and race prepped. As such you’ll generally find Zs fit into two categories: wannabe drifters (ricers) or serious track drivers. The later understand that Z really does out handle most vehicles but you have to be at 9/10s to learn that. It seems to be car that rewards good driving.

  • avatar
    415s30

    I have a 71′ Z and I have to say, this and the 300ZX are my favorite looking modern Zs. This one looks like an updated 240Z, I think. I have only sat in this Nismo in the Yokohama headquarters showroom. I’m used to the 71′ so I’m sure its a much different experience and a lot more power. I might pick up a used Nismo someday if I like a test drive.

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