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Legendary Nissan Z-class sport coupé 2018 launched in South Africa

Legendary Nissan Z-class sport coupé 2018 launched in South Africa

The competition in the space for high-performance large-ticket sport coupés is heating up with Nissan South Africa saying its legendary 370Z, introduced at the beginning of September 2017, is the ultimate in classis-design sports cars.

Nissan unveiled the new 2018 model year 370Z at the Festival of Motoring at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit near Johannesburg describing it as a continuation of the legacy started with the iconic Z class in the sixties.

“The heritage of Nissan’s Z-car series means unparalleled quality and performance, providing drivers with the quintessential sports car experience,” said Xavier Gobille, Managing Director, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales of the Nissan Group of Africa.

As always, the Nissan 370Z is classical rear-wheel-drive coupé but the 2018 model has upped the ante with its high-revving 3.7 litre V6 in the front end. More upgrades include metal chrome door handles and a black painted rear diffuser. The inside covers of the headlamps and rear combination lights have also been darkened, now a standard feature on all 370Zs. The wheels are sporty 19-inch alloy rims, reminiscent of a Porsche design of the eighties.


The 370Z 2018 retains all the features which have made it a highly desirable choice for performance car enthusiasts. Power comes from a 3.7-litre 245kW V6, driving the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Optimum weight distribution and a refined suspension combine to deliver outstanding ride quality and dynamic handling for enthusiastic drivers. The 370Z remains the only car in the segment to offer Syncro Rev Control – the world’s first fully-synchronised down/up shift rev control system on a manual transmission.

On sale now, the 370Z will knock you back around N$700,000 depending on manual or automatic. It comes with the standard Nissan 3-year / 90,000 km service plan and the 6-year / 150,000 km warranty.

On the sales front, Nissan South Africa said this week it has achieved its best sales and market share in over 10 years during August 2017. Nissan now claims almost 11% market share, up from a low 7.5% in 2014. Thanks to the Hardbody, Nissan says it commands a 20.7% light commercial vehicle market share placing it second only to Toyota’s ubiquitous Hilux.



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