By on May 31, 2018

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]

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24 Comments on “Nissan Updates the 370Z in Lieu of Delivering a Successor...”

  • avatar

    I’m not responsible enough to drive one of those. Very sharp car with the white paint.

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    I’m guessing they’re still running the ancient infotainment that debuted in the G35 back in 2007…………………………

    I still think the best use of this platform is whatever sedan is in play, just as peak MQB is GTI. Put a sport trim G/Q on coilovers, you have 95% of the Z’s dynamics with none of its hassles.

  • avatar

    The 350Z came out as a 2003 model, and there are few changes between the 350Z and the 370Z.

    • 0 avatar

      Which is why I still have my ’03. Actually in some ways the 370 is a downgrade. Visibility got worse, the rear wiper is gone, one of the 3 gauges is now a clock (WTF?) the other is water temp instead of oil pressure. Upgrades are the rear strut tower doesn’t take up as much room and rev match shifting option. Since the 350Z sold better the aftermarket support is little better. However thanks to the similarity between the 350, 370, G35 and G37 there are still tons of bolt ons.

      • 0 avatar

        The lower curb weight, shorter wheelbase, better trunk and (IMO) nicer interior, not to mention 30-70 more HP make the 370Z the better buy to me, at least for a street car. For a track car I’d get the cheapest 350Z 6MT I could find.

  • avatar

    Alert! Any time an automaker comes out with a “Heritage Edition” for a car line, it’s a pretty sure bet that it’ll be discontinued very soon.

  • avatar

    That’s quite some price premium for the Nismo over the base version: +52%.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I use the same Road and Track magazine from January 2009 to put hot bowls and plates on when I eat to protect the fabric on the arm of my chair since we moved into our house when the magazine was mailed to me.
    The cover car was the all new 370Z.
    Because of that, it’s always a shock when I realize how old the car is. It always seems fresh and new to me.

    And I would still love a Nismo version just for those seats.

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    Nissan could have carved itself a nice little niche with this model with a hotter engine and an interior that isn’t straight outta 2009. It’d have been a nice alternative to a Corvette.

    • 0 avatar
      Pete Zaitcev

      Hotter engine? But it already makes more than 300 hp! It’s like all the comments about GT86 needing more power. Fine, Z does have more power. Are you buying it? Nope! Maybe it’s not the power that is the issue?

      • 0 avatar

        But compared to the pony cars its lacking power. The value proposition just isn’t there for most people since they buy on specs and do stop light runs. Your paying extra for the Z but getting less. However size and front visibility is better in my Z then the pony cars.

        I’ve said it before… but the Z is caught in this odd space: bigger/heavier then the Miata and GT86, but under powered compared to a Mustang or Camaro. Personally I think this middle ground gives the Z an advantage, but clearly most buyers feel the opposite.

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    Shows how far the Z has fallen, even on an enthusiast website it can’t garner a dozen comments.

    • 0 avatar

      Shame, ain’t it?

      They could have updated this with a hotter engine, given it a decent interior, sold it for 45 or so, and stolen a ton of Corvette sales.

      • 0 avatar

        The 5.6 would have been right at home.

        • 0 avatar

          Its just needs the twin turbo 400 HP from the Q60 Red Sport dropped in.

          A lot of people complaint about the interior but its sports car basic so I think its appropriate. Until recently the ‘Vettes interior was plastic fantastic. So its not so much out classed as its out dated.

          • 0 avatar

            Sit in the two, and it’s no comparison – the ‘Vette is worlds nicer inside. And you don’t get a radio that’s straight out of a Versa.

            But the Z is still a pretty solid performance bargain.

    • 0 avatar

      Articles about Ford Focuses get more hits than cars like this. I’d hardly call that a meaningful metric.

  • avatar

    I hate to say it but unfortunately I think sports cars are dead.

    The image they used to project is no longer there. It is now cooler to have a big pickup or brawny suv of some sort.

    People don’t like to drive for fun as much as they used to.

    As someone mentioned, you can get 95% of sports car feel and handling in a much more useful sedan package. There isn’t really much of a performance upgrade in the sports car.

    Any decent car today can be breaking the speed limit in 6 seconds, and go around corners above the speed limit as well. What’s the fun in constantly risking a ticket?

    It saddens me but really I can’t blame them. Even cars like the brilliant new Miata aren’t selling well. Maybe you could make an argument pony cars are still relevant, but again, it seems they’re not truly sports cars. Big, powerful, good handling but certainly not light and svelte in the tradition of rx7s, miata, 280z, celica, etc.

    Probably just best to let this car die.

    • 0 avatar

      Here’s a freaky observation… crossovers like the X3 M40i and SQ5 (not even full fat performance crossovers like the Macan Turbo or GLC63) out-accelerate, and in some cases out grip & out brake the base 370Z… while getting better gas mileage.

      Obviously, if you want the look and feel of a sports car, there’s no substitute. But if you just want the performance of a sports car, there are so many more practical/livable options. Especially when you figure in that most people don’t get to drive on winding roads or go to the track regularly.

      • 0 avatar

        Well, yeah, that X3 will put a 370Z on a trailer…which it should, as it costs about twice as much.

        I’ve always thought of the Z as a poor man’s ‘Vette. In terms of performance for your buck, it’s as good as anything else out there, as long as you can put up with the straight-outta-2009 styling and interior. Too bad Nissan let this model get so damn stale.

        • 0 avatar

          I just don’t know what Nissan could have done to keep it fresh. Well, I have 1 idea, but people wouldn’t like it (rhymes with loss rover). The new TT V6s would be cool, but that would surely spike prices, and it’s barely selling as is.

          • 0 avatar

            They could have at least kept the interior contemporary, and offered a hotter engine as an option, much like Chevrolet does with the ‘Vette. The base engined-model is plenty quick for a $30,000 car – sell the hotter version for $40,000. Market it as al poor man’s ‘Vette.

            Granted, all of this should have happened years ago, but I don’t think it’d have been all that difficult for Nissan to do.

  • avatar

    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.

  • avatar

    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).

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