Update: Live photos are now in the gallery.
The 2019 New York Auto Show is a special one for Nissan. 50 years ago the automaker gave U.S. buyers the first glimpse of the now-iconic Datsun 240Z in the Big Apple. To mark the occasion, Nissan offers yet another special appearance package for the enduring 370Z, appropriately named the 50th Anniversary Edition.
Many Editions, One 370Z:
"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. After the BRE 240Z debuted in 1970, Nissan/Datsun became one of the most successful companies in American motorsports – with thousands of victories over the past five decades."
Gallery: 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary
That’s why the 50th Anniversary Edition wears such an interesting exterior. The two-tone finish with prominent dual side strips pays homage to Brock’s 240Z race car – one that absolutely dominated SCCA racing in the early 1970s. Nissan will offer the livery in two color options, white with red accents and silver with black accents. The package is available on base, Sport, Sport Touring, and Nismo models.
Regardless of the color or trim level, each car gets the prominent door strips with thin side stripes running from the headlights to the rear pillar. The Z badge on the fenders is also adorned with special 50th anniversary branding, and special 19-inch wheels reside at all four corners. Inside, the 50th Anniversary Edition gets additional treatment with 50th anniversary logos on the tachometer and seat headrests. Unique stitching, a special Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, floormats, and additional synthetic suede door panel inserts round out the updates.
The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition becomes the company’s fifth Z car to get the anniversary treatment. The trend began with the 1980 Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition, followed by a special 1984 300ZX Turbo that celebrated Nissan/Datsun’s 50th anniversary as a manufacturer. In 2005 the company released a 35th Anniversary Edition of the 350Z, and actually, the 370Z was brand new in 2009 for the 40th Anniversary Edition.
Pricing or availability for the 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition will be released at a later date.
Nissan celebrates 50 years of the Z car with 2020 370Z
Special 50th Anniversary Edition, inspired by legendary BRE 240Z race car, debuts at New York International Auto Show
NEW YORK (April 16, 2019) – The 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition, with a distinctive racing livery appearance, was unveiled to the world today in New York – the same city where the original Datsun 240Z made its U.S. debut half a century ago.
Revealed just before this week’s New York International Auto Show, the special edition pays homage to the #46 BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) Datsun 240Z that won multiple SCCA National Championships with John Morton behind the wheel.
“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. After the BRE 240Z debuted in 1970, Nissan/Datsun became one of the most successful companies in American motorsports – with thousands of victories over the past five decades.”
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition
For 2020, the 370Z will be available in four trim levels: the base model, Sport, Sport Touring and the 370Z NISMO. The 370Z Sport model is the foundation for the 50th Anniversary model, as it represents the true enthusiast spirit of the original model. 1
The exterior of the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition mimics the livery of the original BRE race car and is available in two different paint schemes: white with red accents, or silver with black accents. Key BRE design cues include the two signature stripes on the side of the car and the painted trunk, hood, side mirrors and A-pillars in the accent color (red for the white car and black for the silver car). Along the side of the car, a thin line runs from the headlight to the rear glass, culminating in a small triangle inspired by the C-pillar of the Datsun 240Z. The package also includes 50th Anniversary identification on the front fender, anniversary rear badging and special 19-inch alloy wheels with red accents.
The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition retains the sleek profile that has defined Zs of the past, characterized by its low roofline, upswept quarter-window design and slope of the rear hatch. High-intensity discharge bi-functional xenon “boomerang shape” headlights, with an auto on/off feature, and LED daytime running lamps combine with a distinct front bumper design for an aggressive, yet elegant face.
At the rear, the integration of the boomerang taillights, rear spoiler delete and wide, flared fenders highlight the car’s strong, athletic shape.
Inside, the driver-centric interior is framed by a deeply scooped instrument panel. A full-length center console separates the driver’s seat from the passenger seat. The design incorporates a “layer concept” with an information layer, an operation layer and a holding layer. Special touches include a “50th Anniversary” steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara®, with a race car-inspired centering stripe. The leather-appointed and suede-covered heated four-way power seats, which feature adjustable lumbar support, have unique stitching, graphics and the 50th Anniversary logo embossed into the backrests. Dark chrome accents are used throughout the interior, including special kick plates adorned with the Z logo, and synthetic suede door panel inserts exclusive to the special edition model.
The information layer provides good visibility and easy access to all key data. The gauges are attached to the steering column so that the driver doesn’t have to choose between a preferred steering wheel position and gauge visibility. The large upper steering-wheel opening in front of the gauges is designed to provide a good view of the readouts, while the special 50th Anniversary logo on the tachometer celebrates Z performance.
A Bose® audio system with eight speakers (includes dual subwoofers), active noise cancellation and active sound enhancement systems is also standard on the 50th Anniversary model (U.S. models only).
As quick and agile as ever
Nissan’s famed 3.7-liter V-6 engine is at the heart of the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition. The engine produces 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The innovative VVEL system optimizes intake valve open/close movements, allowing air to be sent promptly to the combustion chamber at the precise time it’s needed.
Since the VVEL system can adjust to open the valves slightly, it improves fuel efficiency by reducing camshaft friction and fuel waste. It also provides cleaner emissions by allowing quicker warmup of the catalyst and by stabilizing combustion when the engine is cool.
The 50th Anniversary model comes equipped with a close-ratio, 6-speed manual gearbox that features a synchronized downshift rev-matching system called SynchroRev Match®. It automatically controls and adjusts engine speed when shifting to the exact speed of the next gear position, essentially “blipping” the throttle to smooth out any up/down shifts. This allows drivers of any skill level to change gears like a professional race car driver.
The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition is also available as a 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching, paddle shifters and adaptive shift control designed to offer quick, manual-like shifting when operated in manual mode, with a target time of 0.5 seconds between shifts.
The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition features a fine-tuned double-wishbone front suspension that uses lightweight forged aluminum arms, a lightweight rigid aluminum-alloy cradle, and a hollow construction stabilizer bar. The independent multi-link rear suspension is also stiffer and lighter than the previous generation’s design. The rear cradle is integrated into a single part without welding. Each corner has high-response shock absorbers that enhance ride comfort through reduced friction. A Viscous Limited Slip Differential makes sure the power gets to the ground.
Providing stopping power is a four-wheel vented disc anti-lock brake system, with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, featuring 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors with four-piston front and two-piston rear aluminum calipers. High-grip Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires mounted on RAYS lightweight forged alloys – with special trim – round out the package.
“The 370Z is a true icon for Nissan,” said Espinosa. “This car has defined its segment for the past half century. The 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates the history of the model and its racing heritage, both of which have played a vital role in helping make Nissan what it is today.”
Z special edition anniversary models: a look back
Making sports car fans for 50 years
NEW YORK – (April 16, 2019) – When the original Datsun Z debuted in 1969, it was a revelation for the automotive world.
An affordable, reliable sports car with style and comfort that could be used for daily driving was unheard of at the time. With a base price of $3,626 U.S., the Z – known as the Datsun 240Z in North America – was a sports car that was accessible to anyone.
In short time, customers around the world were enjoying their newfound freedom to explore their favorite winding roads in style. Sales jumped to more than 40,000 globally in 1970. A legacy was born with the first-generation Z, whose value, style and performance has continued to drive innovations in engineering and excitement, keeping the Z a segment leader for decades.
Over the next five decades, Nissan released several limited edition Z cars to celebrate key milestones:
1980 Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Z, Nissan released a special edition 280ZX model with a limited production run. The success of previous Z cars opened the opportunity to equip 280ZX models with upscale materials such as leather seats and hi-fi stereos – a departure from the sporty yet economical approach of the initial 240Z.
With only 3,000 made, the 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition is today considered a highly collectible car. The most popular model package featured a two-tone black-and-gold paint scheme with accent pin stripes, of which 2,500 were made. The remaining 500 wore a red-and-black paint scheme. Each 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition had a dash plaque with the edition number. (Canadian models came with a Maple Leaf emblem.)
The 1980 Datsun 280ZX was powered by a 2.8-liter inline-6 that produced 132 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. Power was transferred to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. Other special features include a golden Z hood badge, gold- or black-colored alloy wheels, commemorative wreath decals on the front fenders and hatch, headlight washers, a new style shift knob, tan or burgundy leather seats, a tinted T-bar roof, and a 40-watt, power-boosted four-speaker sound system.
- Top song (Billboard): “Call Me” by Blondie
- Best picture: “Kramer vs Kramer”
- Most popular TV show: “Dallas”
- Other notable Nissan models of the year: Sentra (B310), Pulsar (N10)
1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo 50th Anniversary Edition
The 1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo 50th Anniversary Edition celebrated the five-decade anniversary of Nissan’s founding in December 1933. Only 5,148 of these cars were manufactured for the U.S. market; an additional 300 were built for Canada.
The 1984 300ZX Turbo came equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 that produced 200 hp and 227 lb-ft of torque. The transmission was either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Inside the cabin, drivers were treated to peak '80s design and technologies considered advanced for the time, such as steering wheel audio controls, digital readouts and electronically controlled sport suspension.
The 300ZX 50th Anniversary Edition’s features included: “Nissan 50th Anniversary” commemorative badging, unique front fenders and rear fender flairs, and turbine-style alloy wheels with gold accents on the fins. In the cabin, unique touches included embroidered badging on the leather seats and floor mats, a futuristic digital instrument cluster with a dominant multi-LED sweeping tachometer, speed display and G-force indicator, and a Bodysonic Amplifier with adjustable intensity that added rumble to the front seats based on the sound profile of the music being played from the head unit.
The year 1984 marked not only a milestone for Nissan’s history as a carmaker; it also marked the Z as the best-selling sports car in America.
- Top song (Billboard): “When Doves Cry” by Prince
- Best picture: “Terms of Endearment”
- Most popular TV show: “Dynasty”
- Other notable Nissan models of the year: 200SX (S110), Datsun Truck (720)
2005 Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary Edition
After temporarily leaving the domestic Japanese marketplace in 2000 (1997 in North America), a new Z took the world by storm in 2003. The first reborn Z was built on the company’s innovative FM (Front Midship) platform and powered by a smooth-revving, high-output 3.5-liter V-6. Called the VQ (short for VQ35ED), the engine produced 287 hp and 274 lb-ft of torque.
In 2005, Nissan created a special version to celebrate the Z’s 35th anniversary. The Nissan 350Z 35th Anniversary Edition was available in either Ultra Yellow, Silverstone or Super Black and came with a suite of performance tuning and upgrades.
Nissan’s engineers retuned the engine to produce an additional 13 hp, raising the total to 300. Shifting was performed by a 6-speed manual gearbox. Other special equipment for this commemorative model included exclusive five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels, a small front spoiler, Brembo® brakes, special badging, and a Bose® six-speaker premium sound system.
- Top song (Billboard): “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey
- Best picture: “Million Dollar Baby”
- Most popular TV show: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
- Other notable Nissan models of the year: GT-R PROTO, Frontier NISMO (D40)
2010 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition
In 2009, the 350Z’s VQ engine received a displacement bump to 3.7 liters, prompting the car’s name to change to 370Z. A year later, Nissan introduced the 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition. Limited to just 1,000 units, the special edition model was based on the Touring grade, equipped with a manual transmission and Sport Package, which included front and rear spoilers, Nissan Sport Brakes, 19-inch RAYS forged aluminum-alloy wheels, a viscous limited-slip differential and the company’s innovative SynchroRev Match® transmission technology.
The car was visually distinguished by a special paint scheme, “40th Graphite,” as well as red brake calipers and 40th anniversary badges. The rich red leather seats featured 40th anniversary seatbacks with a debossed logo, leather door-panel inserts and shift boot, as well as a leather steering wheel with red baseball stitching. Each car came with a commemorative plaque and a premium satin car cover.
- Top song (Billboard): “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha
- Best picture: “The Hurt Locker”
- Most popular TV show: “American Idol”
- Other notable Nissans of the year: LEAF, Juke (F15), Nissan New Mobility CONCEPT
The Z was first conceived in 1969 as an affordable, everyday sports car. This notion has stayed at the core of every Z since. It’s no wonder fans today are just as excited when they get behind the wheel as they have been for the past 50 years.
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2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition specifications (U.S. spec)
VQ37VHR – 3.7-liter DOHC V6
332 horsepower @ 7,000 RPM
270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 RPM
Vented discs, ABS. 14.0 in. x 1.26 in.; 4 piston calipers
Vented discs, ABS. 13.8 in. x 0.79 in.; 2 piston calipers
Variable speed, variable assist power rack-and-pinion
Double-wishbone aluminum suspension
Independent multi-link aluminum suspension
Wheels & Tires
RAYS light weight forged aluminum-alloy
F: 19x9 in. R: 19x10 in.
Bridgestone Potenza S007
F: P245/40R19, R: P275/35R19
3,b386 lb 6MT / 3,417 7AT
370Z 50th Anniversary Edition Package equipment
Exterior: Two-tone exterior; unique body side decals; black outside mirrors; unique red wheel accents; 50th Anniversary rear badge; 50th Anniversary side marker decals; rear spoiler delete
Interior: 50th Anniversary Alcantara®-wrapped steering wheel with center mark; unique interior stitching; 4-way power heated seats; 50th Anniversary leather-trimmed seats with unique stitching; 50th Anniversary logo in tachometer and shifter base plate; unique anniversary kickplates