Owing to their prominence in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Nissan’s Z cars have always had a cult following in the Philippines. While we never officially got a Z model before this current one, some gray-market 350Z units exist in the market, commanding a relatively high premium for what is an early-2000s cheap Japanese sports car.
Fast-forward to 2021, and the Nismo variant of the 370Z has found its way onto my driveway. Being the Nismo variant means it’s sportier and more track-oriented than its regular siblings in the stable.
While new to the Philippines, it’s one of the oldest cars being sold today, with the first 370Z hitting the market in the 2009 model year. That’s not a typo: This model, a full-model change of the 350Z, has been sold in some form or another for the past 12 years. To put that into perspective, the 370Z came out when moviegoers were lining up to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.