Nissan releases a special 370Z edition
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Z’.
The year is 1969. Shane Warne is born; the Australian production of Hair, the controversial musical, opens in Sydney; police drama Division 4 makes its debut on television; the Balmain Tigers upset South Sydney 11-2 in the NSWRL grand final; and the Datsun 240Z is launched to the delight of sports car enthusiasts everywhere. The latter, of course, is history, spawning a succession of Datsun/Nissan ‘Zed cars’ that continue to this day.
To celebrate a memorable half century, Nissan has released a 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition based on the standard Coupe.
- Priced at $53,490 (manual) and $55,990 (auto), it comes dressed to thrill in a choice of colour schemes: Silver body with a black bonnet, roof a-pillars that connect through to the boot, side mirrors and two signature stripes on the side, or
- White body with a red bonnet, a-pillars that connect through to the boot, side mirrors and two signature stripes on the side, a livery based on the #46 BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) Datsun 240Z that won the 1970 and 1971 SCCA National Championships in the US.
Other special styling enhancements include:
- A thin line running from the headlight to the rear glass, culminating in a small triangle inspired by the C-pillar of the Datsun 240Z.
- Updated 19-inch wheels, incorporating red rings.
- Red leather mesh on the seats bearing a 50th anniversary wreath around the Z logo
- Red stitching on the doors, knee pad, C Cluster and steering wheel
- 50th anniversary logos on the gearshift knob and tachometer.
Complementing the interior updates, the anniversary edition boasts satellite navigation with 3D mapping and a seven-inch integrated colour display with touch screen and steering wheel-mounted controls. There is also intelligent keyless entry, push button start, Bluetooth handsfree phone and cruise control, heated seats, leather-accented steering wheel and gear shift lever and automatic climate control.
Behind all the trimmings, the 370Z maintains the substance that we have come to enjoy in its 10-year production cycle to date. Think rear-wheel-drive, close-ratio, six-speed manual gearbox * featuring a synchronised downshift rev-matching system (SynchroRev Match), well-weighted steering, accomplished handling, tenacious grip and traction and eager-to-please 3.7-litre V6 putting out 245kW of power @ 7000rpm and 363Nm of torque @ 5200rpm.
(*or seven-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching, paddle shifters and adaptive shift control offering quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode).