A special 50th Anniversary Edition of the 370Z is coming to the US market for the 2020 model year, Nissan has confirmed.
Based on the Sport trim grade because it embodies the 370Z’s purest enthusiast spirit, says Nissan, it comes in a colour choice of red over white or black over silver, both using a livery inspired by the mighty 240Z of Brock Racing Enterprises in 1970. The signature side stripes join painted bonnets, boot, side mirrors and A-pillars, all in the chosen accent colour.
There are 50th Anniversary Edition badges everywhere, from the front and rear ends, the front wings, the seats, the centre console and more. Even the 19-inch alloy wheels are unique to this car with red detailing.
At the front is a 3.7-litre V6 with 332bhp at 7000rpm and 270lb ft at 5200rpm, imbuing the 370Z with a latter-day mini-muscle car feel. It’s yours with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic; both include automatic rev-matching. The auto targets shift times of half a second.
Beside the engine and gearbox is double-wishbone suspension with lightweight forged alloy arms with improved ‘high-response’ dampers with less friction for more supple reactions. The same bouncy bits grace the newly stiffened and lighter multi-link suspension at the rear.
Traction is tamed by a viscous limited-slip differential and corner exit punch should be ample. More trinkets on the spec sheet include those lightweight Rays alloy wheels wearing sticky Bridgestone Potenza S007 rubber.
The Anniversary Edition weighs around 1536kg for the manual and 1550kg for the auto.
On the inside there’s an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with a racing tab, paired with complementary trim stitching, special part-leather upholstery and four-way electric seats with heating. There’s a Bose audio system with eight speakers, and the instruments remain attached to the steering column so that they’re visible no matter what position you move the wheel to.
Pricing is unconfirmed as yet, but it will be interesting to see where it sits in relation to the rather expensive 370Z Nismo. The Japanese market will also get a version of the 50th Anniversary Edition, but based on its own comparable base-model (and right-hand drive) Fairlady Z. UK-based grey importers are on standby…