Nissan turned the sports-car world upside-down with the 350Z a decade ago. Affordable, powerful and stunningly styled, the reborn Z was very popular, and could be found on every street corner of the UAE. And then the 370Z came out a few years ago, a smaller much-better car, and priced as much as a Porsche Boxster in this region. When was the last time you saw a 370Z on the road? However, Nissan has taken the initiative and cut the price down for the facelifted 2013 version — by 30%!
The 2013 Nissan 370Z, which comes with a 328 hp 3.7-litre V6, rear-wheel-drive and a choice of 6-speed rev-matching manual or 7-speed paddle-shifting automatic, now has a starting price of Dhs 139,000 in the UAE. That’s the price for the base manual, as suggested by Nissan Middle East, so the local dealers could still tack a mark-up on top of that. However, this brings the price to a level closer to that of the old 350Z, and a far cry from the ridiculous Dhs 200,000 that they were charging thus far.
We’d be ignorant if we didn’t mention the Toyota 86 here, a car that is nowhere near the league of the 370Z, but the local Toyota dealer proved that a sports car could still be a success if it were priced within reach of actual enthusiasts rather than just jacking it up into the realm of rich boy’s toys.
Keep track of further updates in the Nissan 370Z buyer guide.