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Nissan has refreshed its 370Z sports car for 2018. Yeah, it’s another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type affair.

Most changes are aesthetic, such as blacked-out door handles and a new rear bumper. There are also tinted headlights and rear lights, previously only available on Nismo models. Perhaps the 19in alloys and metallic red paint will be easier to spot.

Inside, ‘GT versions’ of the new car gets Nissan’s premium infotainment system as standard. This means a seven-inch touchscreen featuring satnav and a reversing camera. Under the hood, its 3.7-liter V6 still produces just over 320hp, allied to your choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto. Just like before.

However, the single mechanical change comes in the form of a new high-performance clutch developed in conjunction with EXEDY. We’re told the new clutch reduces driver pedal effort and provides “even greater levels of gear change precision and comfort”, especially when coupled with Nissan’s rev-match system dubbed ‘Syncro Rev Control’. The 370Z Nismo remains the same.

Prices for this 2018 ‘standard’ Zed are cheaper than a four-cylinder, EcoBoost-engined Ford Mustang in other markets. Which one would you pick?

NOTE: This article first appeared in Minor edits have been made.
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