Nissan pays homage to a classic and a legend with the new 2020 Nissan 370Z.
Fifty years ago in America, the land of muscle cars, a carmaker introduced the country to the Japanese version of a 'pony' car.
In 1969 Datsun— now called Nissan —unveiled the 240Z, a 2.0-liter inline-six engine sports car. Americans liked the car, as evidenced by the more than 45,000 Z's sold that year.
The Z car would become iconic.Later in 1969, Brock Racing Enterprises sat driver John Morton behind the wheel car #46, a 240Z. He would go on to win multiple national SCCA National Championships.
Nissan has honored the history of the Z-Car and BRE with the debut of the 2020 Nissan 370Z.
Nissan's 370z produces 332 horsepower and 270 ft-lb of torque from the company's famed 3.7-liter V-6 engine. 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/downshifts. 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 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).
On the 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.
The gauges are attached to the steering column so as not to obstruct the driver's view.