Most of the world’s leading automotive brands have dabbled in producing sports cars at some point in their history. However, aside from some relatively low volume players, none of these cars have ever been core to the business of these brands. They typically sell in low volumes compared to other models in the lineup, yet manufacturers persist because they can create a halo and excitement for the entire brand. One such example is the Nissan Z.
It’s now been nearly 51 years since the original Z, the 240Z (sold as the Fairlady Z in Japan) hit the market. Aside from a brief interruption from 2000 to 2002 (the interruption in North America actually started in 1996 when 300ZX was dropped here), variations on the Z theme have been with us ever since. The current generation 370Z has had a good run starting