2018 370Z New Car Test Drive
The Nissan 370Z sports car is a 47-year-old icon that has re-invented itself a few times over the years, some times better than others. Given the pace its competitors move, it might be due for another such re-invention, but for 2018 brings just a couple of new touches: headlamps, wheels, and rear bumper.
For 2018, a 370Z Heritage Edition comes with yellow accents inside, and a choice of yellow or black outside. It's a low-cost package, only as a base Coupe, without a touchscreen, rearview camera, or active noise cancellation.
The 370Z Roadster is probably the best top-down performer at its price point.
What the 370Z offers is uncommonly pure performance that's affordable. It's true to the spirit of the original 240Z. Its engine is mounted ahead of the driver but rearward to sharpen balance and handling via weight distribution.
Its rear-wheel drive is a kick in the pants. There's a tight and fun 6-speed manual gearbox, or paddleshifting 7-speed automatic, both transmissions with rev-matched downshift blipping (except in the base coupe).
The engine is a strong V6 with its own deep heritage. This version is 3.7 liters and makes 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. There's also a higher-performance NISMO coupe version that makes 350 horsepower.
With the 7-speed automatic, the 370Z gets an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon Combined city and highway.
The 2018 Nissan 370Z Coupe ($29,990) comes standard with 6-speed manual gearbox, 18-inch wheels.
The Heritage Edition ($30,780) comes in black or yellow with yellow-accented interior.
Sport ($37,070) includes viscous limited-slip rear differential, sport brakes, 19-inch wheels, SynchroRev Match, Bose audio. Sport Tech gets navigation and rearview camera. Touring gets leather
370Z Roadster ($41,820) features power convertible top, and comes in Touring and Touring Sport versions.
NISMO ($45,690) features 350-hp engine and NISMO-tuned suspension.
Safety features include front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, but not much else. There are also active head restraints and pre-tension seatbelts.