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Nissan Australia has introduced some styling flourishes without touching the price of its updated 2018 370Z two-door.
The 370Z, which is one of only two passenger cars now in Nissan Australia’s portfolio alongside the GT-R, remains available as a coupe or convertible, with pricing starting from $49,990 before on-road costs.
For 2018 it gets a body freshen up to set it apart from the previous version and to distinguish it from the Nismo edition that remains unchanged.
The 370Z gains different 19-inch alloy wheels and smoked finishes to the door handles, headlights and tail-lights.
A richer Cherry Red paint option replaces a tamer Bordeaux colour.
The six-speed manual versions of the coupe and convertible receive a high-performance Exedy clutch that Nissan says makes the pedal action more responsive and “fun to drive”.
Exedy is a Japanese transmission component manufacturer that supplies clutches to 45 per cent of Japanese new cars and 85 per cent of trucks.
The 2018 variants come standard with a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation and 3D mapping.
Safety equipment includes six airbags, stability control and brake assist but there are no driver assist systems such as lane assist, blind-spot monitoring and autonomous emergency braking. The 370Z has not been crash tested by ANCAP.
Carried over from the previous year is the 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine that delivers 245kW at 7000rpm and torque of 363Nm at 5200rpm. Nissan claims 10.4 litres per 100 kilometres for the coupe with automatic transmission, 10.6L/100km for the manual coupe, 10.9L/100km for the auto Roadster, and 11.2L/100km for the manual Roadster.
Prices start at $49,990 plus on-road costs for the coupe with six-speed manual transmission. The seven-speed automatic option costs an additional $2500.
The Roadster costs $60,990 as a manual and $63,490 as an automatic.
There are no changes to the 370Z Nismo that remains priced at $61,490 for the manual coupe and $63,990 for the automatic.
The Nismo version accounts for about 30 per cent of total 370Z coupe sales.
Nissan sold 363 of the 370Z range in calendar 2017, up two per cent on the previous year in a segment that also grew by two per cent. Its sales were less than the Fiat Abarth 124 Spider for the year and dwarfed by the segment darling, the Ford Mustang, with 9165 sales.
Nissan has sold almost 4200 370Zs in Australia since its April 2009 launch.