An all-new model replacement for the 12-year-old 370Z might have been a more fitting celebration, but Nissan's iconic Z car still has plenty to smile about.
Alex Misoyannis • At the New York motor show, Nissan has unveiled a limited-edition 370Z to mark the 50th anniversary of the brand’s iconic Z sports car.
There's no additional power on offer, though: the extent of the changes to the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition over the standard model are a number of visual changes, both inside and out.
Externally, the car is adorned in a two-tone paint scheme available in red and white or silver and black combinations. The livery is intended to pay homage to the highly successful #46 BRE Datsun 240Z, which won multiple SCCA sportscar racing championships in the US in the 1970s.
The bonnet, bootlid and pillars are painted in red or black depending on the colour combination selected, complemented by two diagonal bars on the doors, a thin line running from the headlights to the C-pillar, and coloured mirror caps.
Other styling elements include a red accent strip around the edges of the wheels, along with 50th Anniversary badging on the front fenders and rear bootlid.
Inside, Nissan has graced the birthday 370Z coupe with a range of red appointments – these include an Alcantara steering wheel with a red centre mark, 4-way power-adjustable leather bucket seats with red inserts and piping, red centre console stitching, red-accented tachometer, red gear shifter and 50th Anniversary-badged sill plates.
Under the bonnet, the 50th Anniversary Z soldiers on with its trusty 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6, which produces 247kW of power (at 7000rpm) and 366Nm of torque (at 5200rpm). Power is still sent to the rear wheels through the same range of six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions.
It rides on RAYS 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S007 sports tyres, which hide fixed performance dampers and 355mm front and 350mm rear disc brakes with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers.
Given the 370Z's advancing years, this special might also be a defacto send-off piece, but only time will tell for now. As for whether we'll see a new model... an absence of spied prototypes suggests it won't be anytime soon, but we're told we shouldn't give up hope just yet.