Nissan has unveiled yet another special edition of its ageing 370Z sports coupe ahead of its public debut at the New York motor show later this week.
The iconic Z car hits the ripe old age of 50 this year, enjoying a healthy life span of six generations since the 240Z was born in 1969, which also held its debut at the NY show. A popular option for racing in the 70s with a 2.0-litre straight-six engine, lightweight body and good dynamics, the Z was the perfect recipe for hitting the track.
US automotive icon Peter Brock (not the Aussie legend with the same name), famed for designing the Corvette Sting Ray, won multiple SCCA National Championships with his BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) team 240Z and driver John Morton. BRE’s original #46 race car’s livery inspired the unique regalia for the 2020 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition.
Sporting 19-inch alloys with red accents, the 50th Anniversary is available in two schemes: white with red highlights, or a silver base with black accents. Both receive an Alcantara steering wheel with red noon marker, heated leather seats and 50th Anniversary logos placed around the cabin.
Under the bonnet is the same 250kW/366Nm V6 engine, mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission feeding power to a limited-slip differential on the rear axle. The ageing sixth-generation coupe turns ten years old this year, providing a basic but engaging analogue experience to drive during an era of increasing digitalisation.
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“The 370Z is a true icon for Nissan,” said Nissan corporate vice president of product strategy and planning, Ivan Espinosa.
“It’s no secret that the Datsun 240Z started the ball rolling for Japanese sports cars in the U.S.”
“This car has defined its segment for the past half century. The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates the history of the model and its racing heritage, both of which have played a vital role in helping make Nissan what it is today.”
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Nissan Australia has confirmed a limited number of the 50th Anniversary Edition 370Zs will land in Australia later this year.