The 2020 Nissan 370Z Looks Stunning in Red and White at the New York Auto Show
It pays tribute to the iconic 240Z that won the SCCA championship in 1970by Ciprian Florea, on
Remember all those rumors about Nissan working on some sort of successor for the 370Z? Well, it might happen at some point, but for the time being the 370Z is here to stay. Nissan just confirmed the sports car for the 2020 model year and introduced a special 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary pays tribute to an iconic race car
Nissan pays tribute to the 240Z race car that won the SCCA National Championship twice
Anniversary models are quite common in today’s market, and unfortunately, they’re not very special either. Most carmakers roll them out with a special color and a few badges and call it a day. But the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition is an exception from this rule. Nissan decided to use this special model to pay tribute to the 240Z race car that won the SCCA National Championship twice in 1970 and 1971.
A highly successful race car in the SCCA series back int he day, the 240Z, the 370Z’s spiritual predecessor, hit its performance peak in the early 1970s and a car prepped by Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) and driven by John Morton won the national title for two consecutive years. Known as the #46 BRE, this race car is also known for its white and red livery.
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary is a modern BRE racer
Inspired by the #46 BRE race car, it has a white lower body and roof and red engine hood, A-pillars, mirror caps, and trunk
The 50th Anniversary looks like a regular 370Z Sport model design-wise, but it has a cool livery to brag about. Inspired by the #46 BRE race car, it has a white lower body and roof and red engine hood, A-pillars, mirror caps, and trunk. It also features the 240Z’s twin stripes on the doors, as well as 50th Anniversary logos on the front fenders.
A thin red line runs from the headlamp to the rear windscreen and includes a small triangle inspired by the C-pillar of the Datsun 240Z. The 19-inch alloy wheels with red accents are unique to this model as well. If you’re not a fan of white and red, you can opt for a livery that combines a silver lower body with black accents. This color combo isn’t related to the #46 BRE, but I must admit it looks really cool on this car.
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary has a more upscale interior
The heated and four-way power seats come wrapped in leather and suede
Also inspired by racing, the interior features a sporty steering wheel wrapped in grippy Alcantara and fitted with a center stripe. The heated and four-way power seats come wrapped in leather and suede and feature unique stitching and graphics, and embossed "50th Anniversary" logos on the backrests.
You’ll also find dark chrome accents on the dashboard and center console, kick plates with the "Z" logo, synthetic suede door panel inserts exclusive to this model, and a special "50th Anniversary" logo on the speedometer. Nissan also added a Bose audio system with eight speakers and dual subwoofers, active noise cancellation, and active sound enhancement systems as standard.
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary isn’t all that special under the hood
The BRE-inspired sports car benefits from the same 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque
Because it’s based on the Sport trim, the 50th Anniversary Edition doesn’t come with extra power. The BRE-inspired sports car draws juice from the same 3.7-liter V-6 engine offered across the 370Z lineup and benefits from the same 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. While this output is no match for the Nismo’s 350-horsepower rating, it’s not far behind either. You will still hit 60 mph from a standing start in less than five seconds and run the quarter-mile in around 13.3 seconds at 105 mph.
The familiar six-speed manual transmission is standard on this special edition, but you can opt for the seven-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching and paddle shifters.
While the drivetrain remains stock, Nissan says that the suspension was retuned for a stiffer, sportier ride, while the high-response shock absorbers enhance comfort. Stopping power comes from brake discs at all corners, four-piston calipers in the front, and two-piston clamps in the rear.
|Engine||VQ37VHR – 3.7-liter DOHC V6|
|Horsepower||332 horsepower @ 7,000 RPM|
|Torque||270 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 RPM|
|Front||Vented discs, ABS. 14.0 in. x 1.26 in.; 4 piston calipers|
|Rear||Vented discs, ABS. 13.8 in. x 0.79 in.; 2 piston calipers|
|Type||Variable speed, variable assist power rack-and-pinion|
|Front||Double-wishbone aluminum suspension|
|Rear||Independent multi-link aluminum suspension|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels||RAYS light weight forged aluminum-alloy F: 19x9 in. R: 19x10 in.|
|Tires||Bridgestone Potenza S007 F: P245/40R19, R: P275/35R19|
|Overall length||167.5 in.|
|Overall width||72.6 in.|
|Overall height||51.8 in.|
|Curb weight||3,b386 lb 6MT / 3,417 7AT|
The Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary is the second BRE model
This isn’t the first time Nissan celebrates its SCCA success with a limited-edition 370Z. The sports cars featured a special package for the 2010 model year as well, when Nissan commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Z’s first SCCA triumph. Built in cooperation with Stillen, it has a red, white and blue livery designed by Pete Brock himself and it was unveiled at the BRE Reunion in 2010.
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