2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition
- Signifies the 50th anniversary of Nissan's legendary GT-R name
- A performance star worthy of the GT-R name
- Exclusive interior treatment
- Pricing has yet to be determined
Half a century ago, the Nissan Skyline GT-R started a streak of street-legal performance coupes that also had a steady share of racing wins. A steady performer on the covers of car-enthusiast magazines, the Skyline GT-R and other later GT-R versions spent plenty of time in the dreams of enthusiasts and the podiums of GT race series.
To commemorate the car that gave a boost to Nissan's racing career in 1969, the company has announced the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition.
The Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition's exterior and interior
Based on the Premium level of the Nissan GT-R, the 50th Anniversary Edition is offered in three "heritage-era" 2-tone paint schemes culled from historic GT-R liveries. Our favorite is the Bayside Blue accented with white stripes, but Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes are also on the order list.
Beyond 50th Anniversary badging and graphics at the rear of the car, exterior highlights include blue accents on the 20-inch multi-spoke wheels, and a titanium quad-exhaust with burnished blue tips.
Inside the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition, the party continues with a special gray interior done up in hand-selected Nappa Leather. Alcantara covers not only the headliner, but also the sun visors. And "50th Anniversary" is embossed into the seats and the doorsill kickplates, and badged on the shifter surround.
Still an overachiever
High performance arrives courtesy of a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6. Like last year's GT-R, the engine builds 565 horsepower and 467 lb-ft of serious torque. New this year, however, are redesigned turbochargers that quicken low-end throttle-on response to get you out of corners quicker.
The GT-R's 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission offer a more aggressive "R mode" for quicker downshifts as you enter corners. The transmission's brain also assesses your driving style of the moment -- relaxed or racing -- to give you the shift response you need to get the most out of your drive. That's called adaptive shift control.
Nissan tuned the 50th Anniversary Edition's suspension to enhance both handling and ride concerns, sharpened the steering, and added a new brake booster to get right-now response with less pedal travel.
What's the price of the 20th Anniversary Nissan GT-R?
The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition has yet to find a price tag. Last year's non-anniversary GT-R Premium model started at $117,000 mark, so if you have to ask your tax man, you'll want to think twice, or even three times before you commit. Even so, as supercars go, this one leans toward the affordable side of the scale.
The 2020 GT-Rs are scheduled to start arriving in dealership in summer of 2019, so get in line early if you want to be one of the first to quench your thirst for a 50th Anniversary Edition. One thing is certain, though: The desirability for this purpose-built street star will only get stronger as time flies by, and the GT-R name will keep gaining fans.
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