Nissan 370Z gets 50th anniversary model

Published: 16 April 2019

► 50th anniversary 370Z coupe
► Revealed at 2019 NY auto show
► We're still waiting for the 400Z...

While rumours of a 400Z continue to swirl around, Nissan has revealed this; the 50th Anniversary Edition of its 370Z sports car. Unveiled at the 2019 New York motor show – the same place the original Datsun 240Z was revealed – the new car features an special edition livery that harks back to its racing routes.

Nissan says the paint job is based on an SCCA National Championship-winner – so something more targeted at the American market.

'It's no secret that the Datsun 240Z started the ball rolling for Japanese sports cars in the U.S.,' said Ivan Espinosa, Nissan's corporate vice president of global product strategy and planning. 'Almost as well known in Z history is how Peter Brock's competition-tuned 240Z changed the American motorsports landscape.'

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What about the 2020 370Z?

The special edition serves as a basis for the new 2020 370Z, and if we're honest, it's looking a little long-in-the-tooth. Still, the Japanese brand is persevering with the model for 2020, and says it'll come in base, Sport, Sport Touring and NISMO versions. Interestingly, the 50th Anniversary model uses the just above entry-level Sport trim as a foundation, not the NISMO.

Aside from the new 50th Anniversary paintjob and interior details, which you can see in the pictures below, very little has changes. That makes the standard car almost identical to the previous-gen, design-wise.

Nissan 370Z 50th anniversary interior

As for performance? Expect a 3.7-litre V6 with 332hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, mate to a six-speed manual or optional seven-cog auto 'box. You'll get rev matching on both of those, and as you'd expect, the latter will come with paddles.

There's a double-wishbone suspension at the front, and multi-linked rear suspension at the rear and Nissan says you'll get brake discs on all four wheels along with a Viscous LSD for improving traction. The car will run on RAYS lightweight alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza rubber.

We'll have more details when it's revealed proper at the New York motor show.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast