Old-school sporty fun
The Nissan 370Z has received a slight update, a price cut and minor styling changes as the Japanese manufacturer looks to reposition the distinguished coupe as an affordable and timeless offering.
Amazingly, the Nissan 370Z continues to defy the ravages of time. Somehow, its sporty proportions, sloping lines and proud stance remain current despite the passing years. Nissan has made some minor changes with the 370Z showing off new 19-inch alloys, and a smoked finish on the front and rear lights and door handles.
The three hooded gauges on the top of the centre console coupled with the oval instrument cluster lit by a tinge of orange is a quick visual indication that the interior of the 370Z has remained much the same.
The steering wheel, for example, is adjustable for height only while the manual handbrake which makes a rare outing here takes up valuable space.
Still, the seats — a mix of real and not so real leather — are supportive and comfortable even though getting in and out in a skirt can be quite an accomplishment. The instruments, while simple, are easy to read with dials and buttons all close to hand.
Storage is not crash hot with just one cup holder to fight over, small door bins and a shelf behind the seats that is all but impossible to reach when you are driving.
The boot, though shallow, can deal with a couple of overnight bags or five supermarket bags if you play a bit of Tetris.
The 370Z comes with keyless entry, push-button start, electrically adjustable seats, satellite navigation and an eight-speaker Bose audio system with noise cancelling as standard.
A 7.0-inch colour touchscreen sits in the middle of the dash. It is easy to navigate and we found Bluetooth connectivity responsive. The screen is also used for the rearview camera with the picture offering predictive path guidelines.
A 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6 takes pride of place under the bonnet of the 370Z. It produces 245kW of power and 363Nm of torque and is paired with either a seven-speed automatic transmission, or a sixspeed manual.
This upgrade introduces the Exedy clutch which Nissan says produces better gear changes and makes the Nissan 370Z more responsive and fun to drive.
The 370Z is not rated with ANCAP or NCAP but you can rely on stability and traction control, eight airbags and ABS with brake assist and EBD. It does miss out on the latest driver-assist technology, so things like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking.
The thing that makes the 370Z fun is that you have to actively drive it. The 370Z is beautifully balanced and always enthusiastic, traits which are supported by an enveloping seating position for an enhanced driving experience.
The 370Z may getting on a bit but it is still able to deliver a fun ride. It has an attractive sticker price, genuinely good looks and makes a compelling case for old-school character and rear-drive thrills.
Your local Nissan dealer is Albany City Motors 9842 8000.
While the interior remains mostly the same, there are a few updates.
The sporty Nissan 370Z remains an attractive offering. Photography by Mitchell Oke