It’s hard to imagine that Nissan ’s Z-series has been around for 40 years. But what’s even more difficult to fathom is the fact that it actually came close to never materializing in the first place. It turns out, Yutaka “Mr. K” Katayama was the first one to broach the idea of the car back in 1969, and after a lengthy debate regarding the viability of the car, Nissan eventually relented and introduced the very first Z car: the Nissan Fairlady Z.
Now, 40 years later, Nissan’s Z-series is one of the most revered car lines in Japanese auto history and to commemorate the monumental occasion, Nissan is releasing a limited-edition Nissan 370Z Coupe , which, from what we’ve heard, will go on sale in the spring of 2010. The limited-edition 370Z was molded from a Touring version of the 370Z Coupe with the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine, which is capable of producing as much as 322 horsepower.Despite carrying the same engine, Nissan added a few kinks for the special-edition car, including the brand’s trademark Synchro-Rev automatic rev-matching function to complement the car’s six-speed manual transmission.
Likewise, the 40th anniversary 370Z was also supplied with bigger brakes than those in the standard version and to top it off, Nissan also provided the car with bigger – and reinforced – 19-inch Rays forged wheels. As far as the styling of the anniversary 370Z is concerned, Nissan gave it a royal red treatment with red leather trim as well as red stitching throughout the car’s interior. If that wasn’t enough to signify the importance of the car, Nissan also gave the car a special “40th Quartz” paint scheme to commemorate the Z-series’ 40th year.
Nissan will produce 1000 Examples of the 40th Anniversary Z priced at $38,860 each.
Updated 02/10/2010: Nissan today unveiled new images of the special edition 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition. Check them out!
The Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that the new Fairlady Z Roadster is already on sale in the sports car’s home market. Intended to be a convertible from day one, Nissan’s engineers designed the 370Z in a way that the loss of structural rigidity and added weight of a retractable canvas roof would have no effect whatsoever on the drop top Z car’s performance. Their goal was to blend the pure exhilaration and sporting appeal of the Z34 and seamlessly combine it with the excitement of open air driving by offering the same high performance power plant and curvaceous bodylines that make the fixed roof Nissan 370Z such a desirable sports car.
Just like the Fairlady Z Coupe, the new Z Roadster features a shorter wheelbase and an increased track to make the sports car more nimble while at the same time keeping the weight down. The same 3.7 Liter V6 engine that propels the standard vehicle to the tune of 330 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque also powers the Nissan 370Z Roadster. By combining the high performance VQ37VHR with the Z34’s dynamic chassis, Nissan has instilled the 370Z Roadster with remarkably high levels of acceleration and handling, while providing a quiet and comfortable interior even with the top down.
It is a tall order for a design team to build a convertible that looks just as nice with the top up as it does down. In most cases it looks like a vehicle’s designers decided to focus on only one of the drop head’s personalities; either by leaving the car with a bulky looking roofline or like there is just too much junk in the trunk when it is retracted. However thanks to careful planning and some very intuitive foresight, the hamburger logo has been able to once again avoid turning one of their premier sports cars into a cow of a convertible with the Nissan 370Z Roadster.
We previously reported that Nissan will unveil the sixth generation Z-line in 2009. But it seems that the company is very busy with creating the new hybrid lineup, a small sports coupe and the launch of the Nissan GT-R, so the current 350Z will stay alive for another two more years. This means that the new 370Z will be launched in 2011.
The history of Nissan Z-Cars started long time ago, more exactly back in the ’70s. Since the launch the model was a real success all over the world. And the latest generation is the highly definition of Nissan Sports Cars. And only after five years since its launch, there are already rumors about a new generation Z-cars: a bigger engine capacity, bigger output, and better performance. The 370Z, will be unveiled in October at the Paris Motor Show or in November.
The 370Z is internally known as the C53D will keep a few general aspects from the current 350Z (mostly regarding its shape). But the headlights with LED technology, will be more "dramatic" compared to it.
The The 370Z will use the same VQ37VHR found in the Infiniti G37: a 3.7 liter V6 engine that delivers more than 330 hp.
In profile, it looks like a 350Z that got squeezed from the ends, pushing up the roof in the middle. But don’t worry. In production, it is likely to look a lot more like the Urge concept car than the mule spotted testing at Nurburging. But it was spotted testing at Nurburging. Though it has a family resemblance to the current 350Z, it’s shorter and has a shorter wheelbase. In fact, the body appears to be a chopped 350Z body, with a roof riveted into place make the cobbled up mule airtight. (...) More
Nissan ended the production of the 300ZX Z31 in 1989 and no one seemed to be sorry about it. But also, no one was prepared for what Nissan was about to unveil in 1990: a new, completely redesigned and aggressive 300ZX, with even more power and a new personality. The 300ZX was in the top 10 Best for the 7 years in which it was in production in America; it also was awarded “Import car of the year” by Motor Trend and won “Design of the year.”
The history of Nissan Z-Cars begins in 1970 with the introduction of the 240Z, the first model from the first series. The second series, the 280ZX was unveiled in 1979. In 1984 the “Nissan” badge was used for the first time on the US market instead of “Datsun ”, and the same year was the year when the third generation Z-Cars was unveiled. The third generation or the 300ZX was completely redesigned and used a more powerful engine than the previous series: a 3.0 liter V6 engine. Also the 300ZX was more expensive than the previous models: the 1986 model was priced at $18.400.
Let’s make a little review on the Z-cars first series. It was launched in 1970 and included the 240Z, 260Z and 280Z models. Today is time to move forward and talk about the second series, unveiled in 1979. Compared to the first series, the second only had one model, the 280ZX, offered in both 2-seater and 2+2-seated. The 280ZX was more refined and luxurious than the previous Z models. Also the new Z-car series was a success on the American market (in 1980 more than 500.000 units have been sold). The 280ZX compete with Porsche 924, Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Supra.
Nissan’s sports cars always been a success on the Japanese market and not only. So is the Nissan Fairlady Z (name used in Japan) starting its first year of unveiling in 1970 until our days. The Fairlady Z was sold on the US market as Datsun s until 1984. The first model from the Z-Cars series was the 240Z. Next Nissan presented the 260Z, 280Z, 280ZX, 300ZX and last one is 350Z. The Datsuns 240Z was unveiled in 1969 and on the US market was brought in 1970 by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations. The “Z” letter from the name refers to the displacement of the engine: the first model - the 240Z used a 2.4 liter engine; 350Z uses a 3.5 liter engine.
Nissan are preparing their sixth generation of the Z-line. Replacing the current 350Z after seven years of production, the next Nissan sportscar is expected to be launched in the year 2009. Carrying the 40-year tradition of the Z-cars, the new model will be lighter, more powerful and therefore a lot faster.