Local pricing for the long-awaited Nissan 370Z Nismo has been announced ahead of the car’s arrival in early September. The 370Z is the second local Nissan to be warmed over by Nismo after the GT-R, and is likely to be the last addition to the local Nismo range for some time with the Juke Nismo reportedly off the cards for Australia.
Priced from $61,490 plus on-road costs, the 370Z Nismo sits atop the local 370Z range. At the same time, Nissan Australia have announced a price drop for other 370Z models in the range of up to $6,940, and continue to update their now SUV and sports car-only range. Most recently, the X-Trail medium SUV was refreshed and the Qashqai small SUV is next, due early in 2018.
“The impending arrival of the Nissan 370Z NISMO allowed us to re-look at pricing across all variants,” said Nissan Australia managing director Richard Emery.
“The NISMO version naturally sits at the top of the Nissan 370Z range, but we wanted to maintain competitive pricing. This re-positioning offers a range of price points that will be attractive to a wider group of customers.
“We hope this will drive sportscar buyers into Nissan showrooms, giving them more choice and offering significantly more value for money.”
The transition to Nismo for the 370Z starts with the car’s styling – the Nismo has a more aggressive bumper design with red highlights, as well as stiffer and lower suspension and larger brakes with red brake calipers. On the inside, the 370Z Nismo receives heavily bolstered Recaro seats with red trim inserts.
Interestingly, the 245kW/363Nm 3.7-litre V6 in the standard 370Z carries over to the Nismo – overseas markets get a 260kW tune thanks to a different exhaust. The 370Z Nismo is coupe-only, with a Nismo roadster variant strictly a concept for the moment.
At the same time as introducing the 370Z Nismo, the standard 370Z models have received a price cut, with the standard 370Z coupe receiving the biggest cut at $6,940 to $49,990 plus on-road costs. 370Z roadster variants also receive a price cut, down $4,490 to $60,990.
The 370Z range in Australia is well equipped, with 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, climate control air conditioning, keyless entry and start, a seven-inch touchscreen with inbuilt satellite navigation and a 9.3GB hard drive, Bluetooth and iPod integration, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, heated leather/cloth seating with electric driver’s seat adjustment, a limited-slip differential and an alarm. Roadster variants add cooled front seats and a wind deflector behind the seats.
Having been originally revealed in 2009, the Nissan 370Z is in the later stage of its life cycle. So far in 2017 it’s sold 183 units, which is down from 220 this time last year.
2018 Nissan 370Z range pricing (plus on-road costs):
Coupe 6MT – $49,990
Coupe 7AT – $52,490
Roadster 6MT – $60,990
Roadster 7AT – $63,490
Nismo Coupe 6MT – $61,490
Nismo Coupe 7AT – $63,990
Chasing Cars will be in attendance at the local 370Z Nismo launch so stay tuned for our first review.