It seems hard to believe that the
Nissan Z-car has been around for four decades, but in October 1969, Nissan -- then Datsun here in America --stunned the automotive world by introducing its original 240Z, a slick-looking, good-performing and very desirable GT
coupe that was priced at a mere $3,626. Today, Nissan offered a first look at this commemorative sixth-generation successor to that now-legendary bit of automotive history, announcing that the 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition would arrive in select dealerships around the country in spring 2010. While not yet ready to provide any insight as to what this unique successor will cost, it did say car will be based on a 370Z
Coupe Touring model and finished in special "40th Quartz" paint. Its 332-horsepower V6 engine will be backed by a six-speed manual transmission while Sport Package enhancements will add the SynchroRev Match feature as well as Nissan Sport Brakes with custom red calipers, 19-inch Rays forged aluminum-alloy wheels finished in "high-luster smoke" and wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE050A performance tires, a viscous limited-slip differential and front/rear spoilers. Inside, the car's deeply bolstered sport seats and door panels get red leather trim while a distinctive dash plaque and "40th Anniversary" seatback and floormat embroidery support similar hard badges that will appear on its rear hatch and front tower brace. Each vehicle also will come with a premium satin car cover.