2017 Nissan 370Z preview


Walk up to the counter, tell the Nissan dealer the trim model of the 2017 Nissan 370Z you want, take two steps to the left, hand the cashier your money, take your keys and go home.

Nissan has announced the 370Z will live on for at least another year—the ninth for the current model (a Z34 to hardcore fans)—and the car will be offered without any factory options. Simple.

The 2017 Nissan 370Z will be available as a coupe or convertible; 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic; Nismo edition (coupe only) or as a brown, diesel, manual droptop. Note: One of those things is made up.

Under the hood is the same 3.7-liter V-6 found in the 370Z since the car's launch. It's an engine most know and love—or loathe—and it comes with the same 332 horsepower it produced last year. Nismo coupes get a bump to 350 hp, once again same as last year.

The 370Z will cost the same as last year too.

2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo

2017 Nissan 370Z Nismo

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Pricing starts at $30,825 for the base coupe with a manual and runs all the way up to $50,235 for a convertible and automatic (both prices include Nissan's standard $835 destination charge). The manual is a 6-speed with rev-matching and the automatic is a 7-speeder with paddle shifters.

With so much the same, it seems the only thing that's changed for the 2017 edition of Nissan's veritable Z sports car is the lick of yellow paint buyers can now choose for the exterior. And that's really the only option you have for 2017.

Like last year, Nissan's coupe comes in four coupe trims (base, Sport, Sport Tech, and Touring), two Nismo trims (base, Tech), and three roadster trims (base, Touring, and Touring Sport). As mentioned above, opting for the Nismo gets you extra power. It also gets you niceties such as 19-inch forged alloy wheels from RAYS, a functional body kit, leather-lined Recaro bucket seats, enhanced suspension, bigger brakes, and a limited-slip differential.

Sadly, Nissan remains quiet on its plans for a successor. The most likely scenario is the next Z downsizing to a 4-cylinder engine. It’s also possible the Z is turned into a family of vehicles complete with a sporty crossover member.

For more on the Nissan 370Z, read the in-depth reviews over at The Car Connection.

 
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