To celebrate 40 years of the Nissan Z in North America, the Japanese carmaker is creating a limited production version of the MY2010 Nissan 370Z Coupe -- the 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition. It all started 40 years ago on October 22, 1969, when the Datsun 240Z made its debut in the continent. Prior to that, sports cars in North America were imported from either the United Kingdom or Germany, making them expensive and unreliable.
Thus, sports cars bore an image usually shunned by most consumers, even the wealthy ones. Then came the Datsun 240Z, and consumers were shocked and awed by the fact that the sports car was not what they expected. It was imported from Japan, yet it performs like a Porsche and looks like a Jaguar.
Yet, its price – starting at $3,626 -- and reliability is typically Nissan. Auto buyers were shocked, as there had been no vehicle like the 240Z before. Debuting for the 1970 model year, the 240Z arrived as a closed coupe body, diverging from the convention back then -- open-top sports cars.
The idea was to improve the 240Z’s body rigidity for better handling and durability. Its performance was delivered by a 2.4-liter single overhead cam inline 6-cylinder engine that developed 150 hp and allowed the 240Z to post a quarter-mile acceleration time of 17.1 seconds at 84.5 miles per hour.
The engine was mated to 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic gearbox. The sports car also featured a four-wheel independent suspension and 14-inch wheels. Presently, despite the difference in prices, the current Z from Nissan is still a great proposition with its style, value and performance.
Now, the sixth-generation Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter dual overhead cam V6 engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) that develops 332 hp and achieves quarter-mile acceleration times of 13.5 seconds at 106.6 miles per hour. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox with innovative SynchroRev Match's or refined seven-speed automatic transmission. It features a number of aluminum components and a lightweight 4-wheel independent suspension.
Also available are 19-inch super lightweight forged alloy wheels. Nissan also recently unveiled the 370Z Roadster, which boasts of almost the same body rigidity and performance as the closed top 370Z Coupe. Further features in the new Nissan 370Z include the Nissan Intelligent Key's with Push Button Start, XM Satellite Radio and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System.
It also features the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with touch-screen, XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and NavWeather. Also featured in the sports car is a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive that can be used for storing and playing digital music storage as well as a USB fort for iPod connectivity.
As for the 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition, features include those covered by the Sport Package like SynchroRev Match's, Nissan Sport Brakes, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, 19-inch Rays forged aluminum-alloy wheels and viscous limited-slip differential. To distinguish the limited edition from other 370Z models, the Japanese carmaker added premium "40th Quartz" exterior color and red leather-appointed interior.
Not only that, the Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition features a high-luster smoke wheel finish, red brake calipers and 40th Anniversary badges on the rear hatch and front strut tower brace. Inside its cabin, occupants can find red leather-appointed seats that have red door panel inserts as well as 40th Anniversary seatback and floor mat embroidery.
There is also red stitching on the center stack, shift boot and kneepads. The limited edition’s steering wheel also comes in leather with red stitching and a plaque of authenticity. Furthermore, each limited edition will have its own commemorative premium satin car cover. The Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition will be available at selected Nissan dealers across the United States starting in the spring of 2010.