Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Nissan celebrates 50 years of legendary roadsters with its new 2020 370Z

Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates, well, you know - Autoblog 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition Gets ’70s-era 240Z Throwback Color Scheme
Priscilla Morrison | 17 April, 2019, 18:26

The hand-built VR38DETT, 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine now shares its turbocharger design with GT3 race vehicle for sharper response without sacrificing power, which stands at 608PS.

The GT-R Nismo features revised bodywork, with greater use of carbon fibre to save weight and new downforce-generating front bodywork based on the GT-R GT3. It's working with the same 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 as before. According to Nissan, the six-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been revised. Grippier Dunlop rubber will help make the most of the snappier power delivery.

The 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R is also sportier, with upgrades including a refined "R" mode designed for exiting corners more quickly on the road or on track days, plus gear shift paddles so you can keep your hands on the wheel. Nissan says the synchronized downshift rev-matching system "allows drivers of any skill level to change gears like a professional race auto driver". Nissan has also tweaked the electronically controlled suspension in a bid to improve ride comfort and cornering stability.

While the 2020 370Z will be available in four trim levels-base, Sport, Sport Touring, and NISMO-the 50 Anniversary Edition is based on the Sport model.

Small modifications were made to the GT-R Nismo's already stout drivetrain.

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Distinguishing the special edition models should be easy thanks to the three different two-tone exterior color combinations that are meant to represent the GT-R's historical racing liveries. We're sure the most popular will be Bayside Blue (or Wangan Blue, as the color has come to be known unofficially), as it hasn't been offered since the R34 generation.

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.

The Nissan GT-R is 50 years old, and Nissan is celebrating in style with a fresh, tech-packed special edition that takes its inspiration from the racetrack.

Inside, the auto features a special steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara with a center stripe, dark chrome accents, the letter "Z" woven into the seat, and the "Anniversary" logo embossed into the backrests. The Track Edition gets an optional carbon fiber roof and Brembo carbon ceramic rotors and calipers - 16.1 inch rotors in front, 15.3 in back. While official pricing hasn't been released yet, we expect that to be announced before the 2020 370Z goes on sale this month.

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