The company is clearly gearing up for the launch of the new 400Z.
First seen in prototype form with the unveiling of the Z Proto last year, the production Nissan 400Z will be pretty much unchanged when it hits showrooms. Until that happens, where does that leave the 370Z? Will Nissan update the aging Z car one last time or not? That question has been answered based on comments made by Nissan spokesperson Dan Passe when speaking to Motor Authority.
Passe confirmed that there won't be a 2021 Nissan 370Z; rather, the 2020 model will continue to be sold this year. This could be good news for nostalgic enthusiasts wanting possibly the last naturally-aspirated Z car. The 2020 Nissan 370Z received only minor upgrades over the 2019 version, though.
Among these was the standard fitment of an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a 50th Anniversary Edition model with unique graphics. Other than that, it soldiered on with the familiar 3.7-liter V6 engine producing 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain will live on for another year at least, based on Passe's latest comments.
The upcoming 400Z is expected to introduce a twin-turbo V6 powerplant with power uprated to around 400 horses. Based on a recent video of the 400Z, the V6 sounds pretty good. The 400Z is instantly identifiable as a Nissan Z car, sharing its slanted roofline and square-shaped grille with the 370Z.
The teardrop-shaped headlamps are a departure from the 370Z's clusters, though, while the 400Z has a much more squared-off rear-end. We expect the new Z car to retain the involving experience of the 370Z, while hopefully being less of a chore to drive around the city; the 370Z is notorious for its heavy controls. We also hope that visibility from the driver's seat will be improved, another 370Z bugbear.
Despite these flaws, the 370Z offers lots of power for not much more than $30,000. Last year, nearly 2,000 North Americans bought one, and remaining fans of the sporty coupe now have more time to get their hands on one.