Nissan Updates the 370Z in Lieu of Delivering a Successor

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Less than a year away from its 10th birthday, Nissan’s 370Z is getting a modest refresh in the hopes of maintaining some kind of relevance. Despite being the better car, the present model failed to outsell the 350Z in the United States in all but its introductory year, and annual deliveries have continue to tumble ever since. Nissan only managed to move 4,614 examples in 2017, which is less than half the volume seen in 2010.

The Z car represents the last gasp of Japanese muscle and it’s been gradually wheezing its way out of prominence. Most of the famous alphanumeric nameplates from the island nation were buried over a decade ago. But the Nissan lived on, almost as if it was saving a seat for the Toyota Supra’s return.

For 2019, the 370Z will continue sourcing power from a 332 horsepower, 3.7-liter V6, while the Nismo variant generates 350 hp. Pricing remains unchanged at $29,990 for the base 370Z Coupe, $41,820 for the 370Z Roadster, and $45,690 for the 370Z Nismo. Of course, you’ll have to tack on an additional $885 for destination charges.

A six-speed manual is standard on all models. But an available seven-speed auto can be had for an extra $1,400.

With pricing and powertrains looking very familiar, you’re not wrong to assume Nissan hasn’t done much to tempt prospective Z owners. Rearview mirrors now have an auto-dimming feature and regulatory mandates have forced an inclusion of a backup camera. But outside of some new paint options on the Heritage Edition, that’s all Nissan was willing to change.

In case you were curious, those new paint options are Magnetic Black, Deep Blue Pearl, and Pearl White. They come with unique exterior graphics, black mirrors, and yellow interior trim. The package is only available on the Coupe, which has also consolidated the Touring and Sport Tech trims from the 2018 model year into a single Sport Touring package.

While a successor is rumored to be in the later stages of development, Nissan has been careful not to commit to anything that would suggest a 400Z is right around the corner. We know it’s brewing something, but the automaker remains noncommittal when discussing the matter.

Like the Toyota-BMW partnership that resulted in the new Supra and Z4, Nissan is believed to be working on something Z-related with Mercedes-Benz. Of course, this isn’t an assurance of anything. The sports coupe segment may turn out to be something Japanese automakers aren’t interested in pursuing in a few years.

While you can still get a peppy hatchback, the majority of the sports car segment has moved upmarket. Middleweight bruisers priced below the six-figure mark are becoming increasingly rare, especially from foreign automakers. We’d still like Japan to come up with something to give American muscle a run for its money, though — even if it means partnering with Germany to do it.

[Images: Nissan]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • "scarey" "scarey" on May 31, 2018

    I have not paid attention to the 370Z for several years. It is starting to resemble the original 240Z, which is a FANTASTIC thing. I had a 280Z, which I still regret trading in. Sports cars and Rock'n'Roll will never die.

  • Church Church on Jun 01, 2018

    370Z is uglified 350Z. It seems perfectly logical for it to sell worse then predecessor. Where 350Z was one of best looking cars in my eyes with it's minimalistic clean lines, 370Z with it's stupid halfmoon lights and juke-ish fat porker thighs creeps me off. I know that such overdone details is common trends for about all newest cars of most vendors, but some somewhat succeed at it (eg. toyota's ch-r, gt86), and some .. fail like Nissan (juke, 370z).

  • Theflyersfan I guess I should have kept my first ever car which was also a 1987 Nissan. Probably could have sold it for $50,000 by now if I was living in this fantasy world where used up 37 year old Nissans sell for the same price as a new Versa. I wish a link was here so all of us can check out this treasure among junk 200SX. The only way this car is even remotely worth that kind of money is if there are illicit substances hidden somewhere in the frame that, as part of the sale, you have to drive across the border and "make a delivery." Otherwise, get that thing off of my lawn.
  • Sobro Needs moar Roots.
  • ToolGuy BIDEN LINKS
  • RHD Questions? None, no, not really. Interested in some random Hyundai? No, not at all. Yawn.
  • Formula m Alfa-Romeo had the great idea to unveil my all time favourite car at the world expo in Montreal. Never built or Sold in North America. The called it the Alfa Romeo Montreal. Never even sold in North America.
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