It’s the mildly new Nissan 370Z in SA

Nissan has refreshed its 370Z sportscar for 2018. Yeah, it’s another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type affair.

Most changes are aesthetic, such as blacked-out door handles and a new rear bumper. There are also tinted headlights and rear lights, previously only available on Nismo models. Perhaps the 19in alloys and metallic red paint will be easier to spot.

Inside, ‘GT versions’ of the new car gets Nissan’s premium infotainment system as standard. This means a seven-inch touchscreen featuring sat nav and a reversing camera. Under the bonnet, its 3.7-litre V6 still produces 245kW but a light 363Nm, allied to your choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto.

Just like before. However, the single mechanical change comes in the form of a new high-performance clutch developed in conjunction with EDEXY. We’re told the new clutch reduces driver pedal effort and provides “even greater levels of gear change precision and comfort”, especially when coupled with Nissan’s rev-match system dubbed ‘Syncro Rev Control’. The 370Z Nismo remains the same.

The partially new Nissan 370Z is on sale now in South Africa starting at R661 900 (manual) and R680 900 (auto) putting it alongside another RWD, (boosted) six-cylinder rival in the BMW M240i.

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