Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition

From Nissan press: The 25th anniversary is silver, the 50th is gold. And the 40th Another precious metal, or more correctly metal, rubber and glass -- the Nissan Z®. Forty years ago, on October 22, 1969, the Datsun 240Z arrived in North America, heralding a new era in sports car design.

Where previous sports cars were primarily a.) imported from England or Germany b.) expensive c.) fragile or unreliable or d.) all of the above, the new import from Japan offered the performance of a Porsche, the looks of a Jaguar and the price and reliability of, well, a Nissan. The 240Z was a revelation to the automotive world -- an affordable sports car that could be driven every day and was accessible to anyone with the $3,626 base price.

The 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition starts out as a 370Z Coupe Touring model equipped with manual transmission and Sport Package (including SynchroRev Match, front chin spoiler, rear spoiler, Nissan Sport Brakes, 19-inch Rays forged aluminum-alloy wheels and viscous limited-slip differential) and adds a premium "40th Graphite" exterior color and red leather-appointed interior.

Additional exclusive equipment includes a high-luster smoke wheel finish, red brake calipers and 40th Anniversary badges on the rear hatch and front shock tower brace. Inside, along with the red leather-appointed seats are red door panel inserts, 40th Anniversary seatbacks with debossed logo, floormat logo embroidery, red stitching on the center stack, shift boot and kneepads, smooth leather steering wheel with red stitching and interior 40th commemorative plaque. Every 40th Anniversary Z® also comes with a commemorative premium satin car cover.

All 2010 Nissan 370Z models are equipped with a standard 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL). The engine is rated at 332-horsepower for the 370 Coupe and 370Z Roadster, while the NISMO 370Z Coupe is tuned to produce 350 horsepower. Buyers also have a choice of 6-speed manual transmission with an available SynchroRev Match synchronized downshift rev matching system or a 7-speed automatic transmission (NISMO 370Z and 40th Anniversary Package are available with 6-speed manual transmission only). Crisp handling is once again provided by a 4-wheel independent suspension.

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