Nissan really should have released a new Z car by now.
This is the new 2018 Nissan 370Z. Looks a lot like last year's model, doesn't it? Sadly, it seems that we won't be seeing a successor any time soon, which is a shame because the 370Z is looking decidedly dated now, having launched way back in 2009. Clearly, the 370Z isn't a priority for Nissan right now, because the new 2018 model looks nearly identical to last year's model, apart from a few very minor updates. For starters, Nissan has applied some subtle cosmetic changes to the ageing 370Z to give it a more contemporary finish.
The door handles and rear bumper fascia are now finished in black, and the headlights now also have a darker tint. The Red Metallic paint you see in the photos is brand new, and you now get 19-inch alloys as standard. Inside, the 370Z gets an optional NissanConnect Premium infotainment system which includes a seven-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, a DVD player, and a rear-view camera. Under the hood, the 370Z still packs a 3.7-liter V6 engine sending 323-hp to the rear wheels, through either a six-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission. The most significant change, however, is the inclusion of a high-performance clutch fitted to every manual model as standard.
Developed by Exedy, the new clutch is said to perfect the downshift and reduce driver pedal effort to deliver "even greater levels of gear change precision and comfort." We can't see these minor upgrades persuading people to rush out and buy the 2018 Nissan 370Z, somehow. What we're really waiting for is an all-new Nissan Z car. Rumor has it that the Japanese automaker will reveal a new 390Z concept at this year's Tokyo Motor Show to preview the 370Z's belated successor. 2019 will also mark the Z car's 50th anniversary, which seems like an ideal time to replace the age-old 370Z. Just please don't be a crossover.