Aside from a period between 2000 and 2002, Nissan has been producing its legendary Z car for nearly 50 years. It’s a huge legacy, and when the company brought the first incarnation to our shores—as the Datsun 240Z—it revolutionized how a generation of enthusiasts thought about Japanese cars, and today, cherry examples fetch impressive prices. So we were stoked to get our hands on the 370Z Heritage Edition, and it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint.
Now, to be fair, it’s also safe to say there haven’t been significant mechanical updates to the Z for a dog’s age, and some in the enthusiast press have made hay over this fact. But given that the model’s have been rumored to be put out to pasture for years, folks who love nothing better than flogging a tight sports car on a twisty road should be happy it still exists at all. In that regard, the 370Z is kind of like The Simpsons, in that even if you don’t exactly keep up with every episode, die-hard fans will always be happy to know it’s there.
When we’ve gotten the chance to take the 370Z for a spirited run in the countryside, we’ve always been impressed with the gearbox. That said? It’s one of the areas that Nissan has actually managed to improve, as the Heritage Edition comes with a Exedy clutch designed to provide an easier action. That’s exactly the kind of tweak you’ll appreciate if you wind up stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and those new to a stick shift will also get a kick out of the rev-matching feature. This trick bit of tech basically makes for seamless downshifts, and while many aficionados will prefer to handle the task themselves, personal experience tells us it’s pretty cool.
For more on the 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition, check out the video below. And if you like what you see, head out to your local AutoNation and arrange a test drive!