The Nissan 370Z Thread

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Nissan refreshes 370Z sportscar for 2017

The current iteration of the Nissan 370Z sportscar has been around for some time and while there's no immediate replacement on the cards, a facelift was desperately needed to bring in line with 2017/2018 trends...

The Nissan Z range has a phenomenal heritage stretching all the way back from the 60s. For 2017, the long-serving Nissan 370Z has been facelifted and it brings a number of updates to the table. According to Nissan South Africa, "the enhancements create a contemporary new finish to the coupe’s classic design as well as dynamic improvements including a sports-clutch from well-known performance brand EXEDY."

"The heritage of Nissan’s Z-car series means unparalleled quality and performance, providing drivers with the quintessential sports car experience,” said Xavier Gobille, Managing Director, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Nissan Group of Africa. “The Nissan 370Z MY18 is no different and is sure to provide a thrill for the Z’s cult following as well as new customers who are willing to explore living life in the red...”

The changes on the exterior comprise metal chrome door handles and a black rear bumper fascia. Dark-tinted headlamps and rear combination lights, which were previously only available on the Nismo derivative, are now standard. There are also new 19-inch alloy wheels and a new Red Metallic exterior paint finish. For those technically included, Nissan has fitted a new high-performance clutch into manual versions. This clutch results in less driver pedal effort and the claim is that there's more precision, comfort and feel.

The engine remains unchanged and for the record, it's a 3.7-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 with peak outputs of 245 kW and 363 Nm. Power goes to the rear wheels via either a 6x-speed manual 'box or a 7-speed automatic.

Nissan 370Z Price in South Africa (September 2017)

R661 900 for manual transmission

R680 900 for automatic transmission

The facelifted Nissan 370Z comes standard with Nissan’s 3yr/90 000km service plan and 6yr/150 000km warranty.

http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/nissan-refreshes-370z-sportscar-for-2017/43892/

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2018 Nissan 370Z Nismo Review | Drive.com.au

[video=youtube;9Bn4LNknOsc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bn4LNknOsc[/video]
 

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Nice video, chitty comments. :twisted:
Interesting vids out there about upgrades for the 350 Z. Recently changed my head unit. Original was a tape deck with 5cd loader :crylaugh:
 

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Nice video, chitty comments. :twisted:
Interesting vids out there about upgrades for the 350 Z. Recently changed my head unit. Original was a tape deck with 5cd loader :crylaugh:
I have the same. Still haven't tested the tape deck after 7 years. Need to find a tape.
 

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I have the same. Still haven't tested the tape deck after 7 years. Need to find a tape.
Well, if you ever need spares - I have the whole system lying in a box. Will post a pic tomorrow of the new head unit. MUCH better.
 

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Price not bad, relatively speaking. That's pretty much Golf R money these days, and I'd rather go with a rear wheel drive coupe...
 

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NISSAN 370Z SUCCESSOR STILL YEARS AWAY … MAYBE

Next year, the Nissan 370Z, which was recently facelifted, will turn 10 and much like its ageing bigger brother, the GT-R, it’s unlikely to get a replacement model any time soon if ex-Nissan Australia managing director, Richard Emery, is to be believed.

While speaking to Motoring Australia at the Nissan 370Z Nismo launch down under, Emery revealed that Nissan HQ is mum on whether the 370Z will be replaced, this despite Car and Driver recently claiming we’d see a Z Concept based on the Infiniti Q60 Coupe sometime this year (a concept that is likely to be the Project Black S).

Adding fuel to the flames, Emery has hinted a redesigned 370Z is not on the cards and that it is likely to be replaced by a sporty SUV much like the 2015 Gripz Concept.

“[The 370Z] is certainly at the end of its life cycle, but at this point I don’t have anything to the contrary to suggest it’s not got a few more years left in it,” Emery concluded.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/nissan-370z-successor-still-years-away/
 

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370Z - Everything You Need to Know - Donut Media

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Nissan unleashes updated 370Z in SA

Nissan South Africa launched the updated 370 Z at Red Star Raceway this week, the rear-wheel drive coupé, a high-revving 3.7-litre V6 engine is avaialale with either a manual or automatic transmission.

What's new on the 2018 model?

Well, upgrades include metal chrome door handles and a black painted rear diffuser. The inside covers of the headlamps and rear combination lights have also been darkened – previously only available on the NISMO model – are now standard.
Wheels24's Sergio Davids is attending the launch. Look out for his impressions later this week.

New high-performance clutch

Every MY18 car comes with new 19" alloy wheels and a new Red Metallic exterior body colour is also available.

The new EXEDY high-performance clutch in the manual version of the 370Z MY18 perfects the downshift and reduces driver pedal effort to deliver even greater levels of gear change precision and comfort says the automaker.

The 370Z’s infotainment system, featuring a seven-inch touch-screen, satellite navigation, DVD player, 9.3GB music box system and rear-view camera, is standard.

Power comes from a 3.7-litre 245kW V6, driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 370Z remains the only car in the segment to offer Syncro Rev Control – the world's first fully synchronised down/up shift rev control system on a manual transmission.

Pricing

The Nissan 370Z MY18 is on sale now in South Africa starting at R661 900 for manual transmission and R680 900 for automatic transmission.

The MY18 Nissan 370Z comes standard with Nissan’s 3 year or 90 000km service plan and 6-year or 150 000km warranty.

http://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/nissan-unleashes-updated-370z-in-sa-20170927

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Nearly 10 years old, outclassed and over priced - the best they have is a colour change to some parts and a new radio. Time to give up the pretense Nissan.

You would have to be totally out of your mind to buy one new.
 

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Nearly 10 years old, outclassed and over priced - the best they have is a colour change to some parts and a new radio. Time to give up the pretense Nissan.

You would have to be totally out of your mind to buy one new.
Overpriced how? Isn't that around the price of a Golof R? And I'd rather take the rear wheel drive coupe over some common hatch...
 

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Nissan 370Z (2017) Specs & Price

The current iteration of the Nissan 370Z sportscar has been around for some time and while there's no immediate replacement on the cards, a facelift was desperately needed to bring in line with 2017/2018 trends...

The Nissan Z range has a phenomenal heritage stretching all the way back from the 60s. For 2017, the long-serving Nissan 370Z has been facelifted and it brings a number of updates to the table. According to Nissan South Africa, "the enhancements create a contemporary new finish to the coupe’s classic design as well as dynamic improvements including a sports-clutch from well-known performance brand EXEDY."

"The heritage of Nissan’s Z-car series means unparalleled quality and performance, providing drivers with the quintessential sports car experience,” said Xavier Gobille, Managing Director, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Nissan Group of Africa. “The Nissan 370Z MY18 is no different and is sure to provide a thrill for the Z’s cult following as well as new customers who are willing to explore living life in the red...”

The changes on the exterior comprise metal chrome door handles and a black rear bumper fascia. Dark-tinted headlamps and rear combination lights, which were previously only available on the Nismo derivative, are now standard. There are also new 19-inch alloy wheels and a new Red Metallic exterior paint finish. For those technically included, Nissan has fitted a new high-performance clutch into manual versions. This clutch results in less driver pedal effort and the claim is that there's more precision, comfort and feel.

The engine remains unchanged and for the record, it's a 3.7-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 with peak outputs of 245 kW and 363 Nm. Power goes to the rear wheels via either a 6x-speed manual 'box or a 7-speed automatic.

Nissan 370Z Price in South Africa (September 2017)

R661 900 for manual transmission
R680 900 for automatic transmission

The facelifted Nissan 370Z comes standard with Nissan’s 3yr/90 000km service plan and 6yr/150 000km warranty.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/nissan-370z-2017-specs--price/43892/
 

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DRIVEN: NISSAN 370Z COUPÉ

The Nissan 370Z is nearly 10 years old and we’re unlikely to see a replacement any time soon. Still, Nissan recently gave its rear-wheel-drive two-seater sportscar a mild update, which includes revisions to the head- and tail-lamps and a new set of 19-inch RAYS Engineering alloy wheels.

The most important addition, however, is the Exedy semi-racing clutch (with rev-matching technology) that the manual model gains. We took a blast through the tight corners of Red Star Raceway to see if these slight revisions make a difference to the oldest sportscar on the market today.

Let’s recap

Before we get into the driving nitty-gritty, we need to touch on the Nissan’s visual presence. Unfortunately, considering that this car was first launched back in 2009, the 370Z is showing its age, both inside and out. Although it’s still a striking design – with an eye-catching, muscular stance – those new lamp and wheel designs don’t do much to bring it up to date.

It’s the same story inside. The colour scheme is dark and pretty bland and there’s a fairly abundant use of hard plastics, dated switches and what is essentially an analogue layout. Still, because it hasn’t changed, the cabin remains very driver focused thanks to the leather bucket seats and chunky steering wheel.

Also unaltered is the naturally aspirated 3,7-litre VQ37VHR V6 with variable valve timing and lift technology lurking beneath the bonnet. This six-cylinder sends 245 kW and 363 N.m of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and a rear LS differential. But, seeing as we were sampling the 370Z at high altitude, we were theoretically working with less power than that.

Behind the wheel

Although it was quite evident that the 370Z struggled in terms of power on the track, the technical layout of Red Star Raceway – a circuit designed for motorcycles – meant that the power-sapping altitude didn’t detract too much from the experience.

Sure, the 370Z felt a little sluggish down the two long straights, but in the corners the throttle response and hydraulic power steering system served up an entertaining and engaging experience.

At 1 461 kg, the 370Z manages its distribution of weight rather well, requiring plenty of pushing before it breaks composure through the bends (the wide 275/35 R19 rear Bridgestone Potenzas certainly help here, too). It’s also worth noting that the 370Z boasts a pretty composed ride quality, even if we didn’t get to drive this latest version on public roads.

So, back to that semi-racing Exedy clutch. One would assume that the use of this new clutch would make the updated model a little trickier to operate, but that isn’t the case. Clutch control in this vehicle takes very little time to master and you quickly get used to the pedal’s short travel. The experience of shifting through the gears is also much more mechanical and goads you to drive it harder. Flat-shifting, however, is a no-go.

A handy addition is the automatic downshift rev-matching feature that is likely to be more accurate than the average driver’s conventional heel-toe downshift. This clutch, together with the 370Z’s standard LSD, makes it a pretty handy track day car, particularly on a tight, technical circuit such as this one.

The verdict

Despite what you may first think, the biggest issue with the 370Z is not its R661 900 price-tag. Considering its power output and the generous standard specification – which includes heated seats, park distance control with a rear facing camera and a 10-speaker Bose sound system – it actually sounds like fair value. Indeed, there are few cars at this price point that offer this kind of power.

The issue with the 370Z is its age. A nine-year life-cycle (which is predicted to continue for quite some time) is simply too long by modern standards and the 370Z’s less than a handful of local sales this year is testament to that fact.

Still, there’s something to be said for the fact that the 370Z is the last of its kind here in South Africa: a naturally aspirated, big engined, manual, rear-wheel-drive coupé. But that nostalgia is unlikely to be enough to win hearts and sales.

If you must have an 370Z, however, make sure it’s the manual. This offers a far more engaging driving experience than the automatic, and makes the most of the free-breathing, high-revving engine.

FAST FACTS

Model: 370Z
Price: R661 900
Engine: 3,7-litre, V6, naturally aspirated
Power: 245 kW @ 7 000 r/min
Torque: 363 N.m @ 5 200 r/min
0-100 km/h: 5,3 seconds
Top Speed: 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption: 10,5 L/100 km
CO2: 248 g/km
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Maintenance Plan: Three-year/90 000 km service

http://www.carmag.co.za/driving_impression/driven-nissan-370z-coupe/

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