New Nissan 370Z 2018 facelift review




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4 Apr, 2018 6:00pm

Richard Ingram

Fast, fierce and hairy of chest, the Nissan 370Z feels like a sports car from another era, and thats the problem

In 2016, we put the ageing Nissan 370Z up against the then new Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Our verdict confirmed that while it had plenty of old-school charm at launch in 2009, the intervening seven years had left Nissans sports car feeling rather dated.
Now its 2018 and the familiar Z car is nearing a full decade on sale. But despite the 370Zs advancing years, Nissan isnt prepared to call it a day just yet. Bosses hope a series of tweaks will offer added appeal in the face of newer rivals; rivals that include everything from the latest hot hatchbacks to the very best two-door coupes.
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The external changes may be hard to spot, but the 370Z still looks fresh. The MY18 updates include new door handles, subtly tinted lights, new 19-inch alloy wheels and our cars striking Infra Red paint. Place the Z alongside a brand-new Audi TT and few would know its a 10-year-old design.

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Inside, things are a little less modern. Yes, theres a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav, but theres no DAB radio, which seems a little stingy in this day and age. Yes, you can connect your phone, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are little more than a pipe dream. The GT models Bose stereo is a joy, however, helping drown out the incessant road noise from those big wheels and low profile tyres.
In terms of mechanical changes, youd be hard-pushed to notice the new Exedy high-performance clutch in normal use, while the refined suspension does little to transform the firm ride. Its still quite harsh around town, though things feel more fluid at high speed. While the driving position takes some getting used to, the sports seats are fantastically supportive. Its just a shame that you still cant adjust the steering wheel for reach.

The 370Z continues to feel like a physically demanding car to drive. Theres a weight to the controls that is missing in most rivals, with heavy steering and a notchy gearbox. Pushing 324bhp and 363Nm through the rear wheels means the coupe can struggle for traction on wet roads, too.
It isnt the most tuneful motor and the lack of turbo or superchargers means you have to work the car for its performance. Of course, for keen drivers this will be a pleasure but for those accustomed to downsized four-cylinder turbo engines, it may prove more challenging. The way the revs rise and the speed builds is pleasantly linear, though, and the 370Z is a fast car, whichever way you look at it.

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Ford Mustang vs Nissan 370Z
But while the Nissan can compete with rivals when it comes to driver engagement, the high running costs and lofty list prices may be cause for concern. The publicised fuel economy falls nearly 10mpg short of the Ford Mustangs claim, while the far faster BMW M240i offers much lower CO2 emissions, as well. Residual values are no better than par for the course, either.



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The Nissan 370Z offers some much needed old school muscle in a world of small capacity turbocharged sports cars. Light tweaks add appeal, but fail to address the cars numerous flaws. It remains an involving but challenging car to drive, while the dated infotainment system and questionable cabin feel years behind the competition. Itll be a shame with the Z finally bites the dust, but thats not reason enough to buy one.


Model: Nissan 370Z GT
Price: 34.285
Engine: 3.7-litre V6 petrol
Power/torque: 324bhp/363Nm




Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
0-62mph/top speed: 5.3s/155mph
Economy/CO2: 26.6mpg/248g/km
On sale: Now


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New Nissan 370Z 2018 facelift review
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4 Apr, 2018 6:00pm

Richard Ingram

Fast, fierce and hairy of chest, the Nissan 370Z feels like a sports car from another era, and thats the problem

In 2016, we put the ageing Nissan 370Z up against the then new Ford Mustang EcoBoost. Our verdict confirmed that while it had plenty of old-school charm at launch in 2009, the intervening seven years had left Nissans sports car feeling rather dated.
Now its 2018 and the familiar Z car is nearing a full decade on sale. But despite the 370Zs advancing years, Nissan isnt prepared to call it a day just yet. Bosses hope a series of tweaks will offer added appeal in the face of newer rivals; rivals that include everything from the latest hot hatchbacks to the very best two-door coupes.
Best sports cars to buy now
The external changes may be hard to spot, but the 370Z still looks fresh. The MY18 updates include new door handles, subtly tinted lights, new 19-inch alloy wheels and our cars striking Infra Red paint. Place the Z alongside a brand-new Audi TT and few would know its a 10-year-old design.

Image 2 of 18
Image 2 of 18

Inside, things are a little less modern. Yes, theres a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav, but theres no DAB radio, which seems a little stingy in this day and age. Yes, you can connect your phone, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are little more than a pipe dream. The GT models Bose stereo is a joy, however, helping drown out the incessant road noise from those big wheels and low profile tyres.
In terms of mechanical changes, youd be hard-pushed to notice the new Exedy high-performance clutch in normal use, while the refined suspension does little to transform the firm ride. Its still quite harsh around town, though things feel more fluid at high speed. While the driving position takes some getting used to, the sports seats are fantastically supportive. Its just a shame that you still cant adjust the steering wheel for reach.

The 370Z continues to feel like a physically demanding car to drive. Theres a weight to the controls that is missing in most rivals, with heavy steering and a notchy gearbox. Pushing 324bhp and 363Nm through the rear wheels means the coupe can struggle for traction on wet roads, too.
It isnt the most tuneful motor and the lack of turbo or superchargers means you have to work the car for its performance. Of course, for keen drivers this will be a pleasure but for those accustomed to downsized four-cylinder turbo engines, it may prove more challenging. The way the revs rise and the speed builds is pleasantly linear, though, and the 370Z is a fast car, whichever way you look at it.

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Ford Mustang vs Nissan 370Z
But while the Nissan can compete with rivals when it comes to driver engagement, the high running costs and lofty list prices may be cause for concern. The publicised fuel economy falls nearly 10mpg short of the Ford Mustangs claim, while the far faster BMW M240i offers much lower CO2 emissions, as well. Residual values are no better than par for the course, either.



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The Nissan 370Z offers some much needed old school muscle in a world of small capacity turbocharged sports cars. Light tweaks add appeal, but fail to address the cars numerous flaws. It remains an involving but challenging car to drive, while the dated infotainment system and questionable cabin feel years behind the competition. Itll be a shame with the Z finally bites the dust, but thats not reason enough to buy one.


Model: Nissan 370Z GT
Price: 34.285
Engine: 3.7-litre V6 petrol
Power/torque: 324bhp/363Nm




Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
0-62mph/top speed: 5.3s/155mph
Economy/CO2: 26.6mpg/248g/km
On sale: Now


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