The GT-R has reached the half century mark and to celebrate, Nissan has revealed a retro-inspired 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show. It marks the anniversary of the GT-R badge which was introduced in 1969 (it was a variant of the Skyline) but it wasn’t until 2007 that the GT-R became a standalone model.
The fearsome new sportscar comes in three colour combinations which evoke Japan GP Series racing liveries of the past. We think Godzilla looks best in the new Bayside Blue hue (retired ever since the R-34) while the other combinations are Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes. The special editions all feature a gray interior, unique steering wheel and gear lever, Alcantara headliner and embossed seats with 50th anniversary badging.
This isn’t just a cosmetic package - the GT-R retains the 3.8-litre V6 which makes 565 horsepower but it gets new turbos which improve low rpm response and provide a 5 per cent boost. And, there is a brand new titanium exhaust (with awesome looking burnished blue tips) that promises a more aggressive soundtrack when you bury the throttle. Nissan has also tweaked the six-speed dual clutch transmission (which directs power to all four wheels) to downshift more aggressively in “R” mode, and also updated the electronically controlled suspension and steering while a new brake booster improves stopping power.
There will be three trim levels for the 50th Anniversary Edition; GT-R Premium, GT-R Track Edition and GT-R Nismo with the former getting all sorts of goodies including a carbon fibre roof, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and best of all the GT-R Nismo’s motor which has new turbos taken from the latest GT3 series GT-R race car that improves acceleration reaction time by 20 per cent and makes a whopping 600 horses!
All in all this isn’t a bad way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary nameplate.