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The crew over at Inside Line got its hands on some rather curious spy photos of the new 2011 Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition. Why curious? Most of the time, spy photographers work from behind massive lenses at long distances because the secretive engineers don't want themselves or the car they're testing to be photographed. But these shots look almost... composed. Or at least like the person manning the camera is on a first name basis with the folks at Nissan.
Regardless, these are clearly photographs of the soon to be released 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition. As we've known for some time, there's not too much to the 40th Anniversary Z above and beyond a couple of badges. The slate gray body color and matching wheel color are unique to the limited edition coupe, as are the red brake calipers, but the wheels themselves are the optional 19-inchers from the standard 370Z.

Inside, IL claim's you'll find the "standard Z Touring seats" covered in red leather. But how can they tell what specific type of seats are in a car by looking at photos? Mechanically, we all have to wait until the Chicago Auto Show before we get the details, but Inside Line confirms a rumor we heard that the 40th Anniversary car might be more NISMO than standard Z. If Nissan decides to imbue the 40th Anniversary model with 350 horsepower (or more), along with the more sporting suspension in a less boy racer-ish body, they'll have quite a compelling performance package on their hands.

According to Inside Line the only exterior badging that distinguishes the 40th Anniversary car from lesser Zs is a small plaque on the car's rear bumper, just below 370Z. What's odd is that this little badge isn't visible in any of the photographs Inside Line posted. Look for yourself. And as far as we've seen, Nissan hasn't released any official photos of the 40th Anniversary car's rump. So how do they know? Could it be that Inside Line has additional "spy photos" of the 40th Anniversary Z's rear and isn't posting them? We kind of doubt that. And what's with the guys standing in front of a dark 1971 Datsun 240Z, seen next to the white Volkswagen GTI? And why would Nissan engineers be driving a VW? We're thinking Inside Line might know a bit more about the 40th Anniversary 370Z than they're telling.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does it nor have manufacturer plates?
      Instead, it has the body-color fake plates that are used for ads.
      Iiiiiinteresting
      • 5 Years Ago
      "And what's with the guys standing in front of a dark 1971 Datsun 240Z, seen next to the white Volkswagen GTI? And why would Nissan engineers be driving a VW?"

      Ugh, you guys drove the SE-R right? Maybe nissan's joined a support group and has come to terms with the fact that they're not producing smaller, lighter, funner, cheaper cars. As a result they've brought their hallmark achievement and the highest rated car in said category along to regain their focus.

      If so. Awesome! New 240z with a four banger ftw! Though, things are getting super crowded with the genesis coupe and the forthcoming “ZOMG, SUPER FUN! WE SWEAR”[Honda] CR-Z.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I find it hard to believe Nissan would use the most uninvolving to drive "hot" hatch on the road right now as a benchmark. Regardless, the Sentra is beyond hope...
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um...guys? I got a very nicely printed brochure on the 40th Anniversary 370z in an anti-static looking envelope last week in the mail. Same horsepower as the standard / sport / touring Z, red calipers, red interior, red "debossed" 40th anniversary logos on the seats, on the transmission tunnel, on the strut tower brace, and the logo plaque under 370z on the rear. All written/pictured in the brochure. Am I the only person to have received one of these? Opens up into a nice poster size version of the picture of all the different generations of Zs as shown in the gallery above.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wonder if they fixed the brakes that faded without warned causing C&D to wreck one of their pressers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wasn't this released in Japan already? I could have sworn I saw one in Yokohama.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd suggest using the different wheels, nissan can raid Ray's engineering line up since they supply the wheels for the sport package and nismo editions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the wheels (and this package in general) look awesome. I love the color and red interior, and that looks like the Nismo exhaust to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Nissan got wind of everyone bashing this 'special edition' and did the right thing. And by 'right thing', I mean gave it a 400hp engine (40th anniversary, 400hp...it only seems right) and an uprated suspension system. Probably not, though...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those wheels look really cool.
      But I wonder what the curb rash will look like in 3 years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it is pretty obvious from the rear plate, that this was a photo op for nissan advertising, and insideline got close to it. It has the standard nissan body colored fake plate on the back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        x2

        I'm guessing they caught the Nissan guys making an advertisement. That's way too "uncovered" for a preproduction mule. Plus, if this really was a trim package, why would they even need to run rigorous tests?
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