Despite the impending arrival of an all-new Z-car.
The US is a large, affluent car market, and as such, we take certain things for granted - like the fact that we often get foreign automakers' best, most compelling products just a short while after they're launched in their home markets.
Despite a thriving local car scene, the Philippines isn't typically so lucky. Case in point: at around the same time that Ford was showing off a brand new, fourteenth-generation F-150 for the US market earlier this year, the automaker revealed the outgoing thirteenth-generation model for the Filipino market, a full six years behind. Now, the Philippines is finally getting a product so old, it's second only to the Dodge Charger and Challenger for the number of applicable elderly jokes: the Nissan 370Z.
Just now, after more than eleven years on the market, Nissan's sleek two-seat sports coupe is launching in the Philippines, according to The Drive. The manufacturer teased the current Z car's arrival in the market as far back as 2018, at that year's Philippine International Motor Show, but it took the success of the Nissan GT-R in the Filipino market to ultimately convince Nissan to go to the trouble of getting the Z approved for import.
The Nissan 370Z starts at 2.78 million Philippine pesos in the market - the equivalent of roughly $56,500 US, or almost double what it costs here in the US - with the top-spec Nismo model costing 3.89 million - about $79,000 US.
You can blame those elevated price tags largely on taxes; the Philippines has a free-trade agreement with Japan, but there are still other excise taxes the country places on the manufacturer, which get worked into the retail price. Suffice it to say: Nissan wouldn't be importing the 370Z into the Philippines unless it was sure it would be a hit.
Meanwhile, Nissan is putting the finishing touches on an all-new Z car for global markets, dubbed the "400Z", which is tipped to be getting 400 horsepower courtesy of a twin-turbo V6. The global pandemic may well have slowed down the release of the all-new 400Z, but while we expect the 370Z to live out the next few months as a new model, Nissan's recent teaser of its new product lineup suggests we won't be waiting much longer for the new car to arrive. The Philippines, however, might be waiting until 2030 if recent events are anything to go buy.