New for 2018 is a Sport trim, which is sure to ease in prospective 370Z buyers.
Nissan's Z sports car has been around for close to five decades now, and in some ways, it feels like the current-generation 370Z has taken up the majority of that time. The 2018 model gets some enhancements, but is once again very similar to the original 370Z that debuted in 2009. Nissan has announced pricing for the 2018 version, which will once again start at $29,998 in hardtop form.
New for 2018 is a Sport trim, which is sure to ease in prospective 370Z buyers. Last year, the next-cheapest trim after the base model cost $40,098. This year's Sport trim, on the other hand, starts at $33,998 when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Also available with a seven-speed auto, the Sport model adds 19" alloy wheels, chin and rear spoilers, an upgraded brake package, viscous limited-slip differential, a Bose audio system. and heated side mirrors.
Nissan's two-seater also comes in convertible flavours, of course, which range in price from $49,698 for the Touring model, to $55,298 for the Touring Sport, the latter of which is the most expensive 370Z for 2018.
Also returning is the 370Z NISMO, which is only available in a hardtop bodystyle and has an MSRP of $48,298. Among other things, the NISMO version includes additional integrated aerodynamic body pieces for improved downforce, twin five-spoke design 19" aluminum alloy wheels, black and red Recaro leather sport seats, and Alcantara accents. You'll need to be able to work three pedals if you're buying the NISMO Z, because it's only available with a close-ratio six-speed manual. It's also equipped with a NISMO-branded strut tower brace for increased body rigidity, and a pair of performance dampers.
Other changes to the 370Z for 2018 include new dark headlight treatments and dark tinted rear lights, as well as what Nissan describes as optimized acceleration and torque profile tuning. Manual transmission models get a motorsports-inspired Exedy high-performance clutch.
Nissan's trusty 3.7-litre VQ37VHR V6 returns, producing 332 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque.
Despite the guts of the 370Z nearing the decade mark, sales have actually gone up every year since 2014, and we're confident Nissan can thank the recent lower base price for that. A total of 932 units were sold last year, which was the most ever for the 370Z. It looks on pace to break that record this year – and possibly even crack the four-digit mark – as sales through the halfway point of 2017 have totaled 518.
It just goes to show that a fun car is a fun car, regardless of just how bleeding edge the technology is inside. The Z is clearly soldiering on successfully once again this year. With the 2018 model on sale now at dealerships, it's showing no signs of slowing down – literally or figuratively.