New Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition debuts in New York

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Nissan GT-R, the brand has unveiled a commemorative version of its range-topping sports car

The Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition has broken cover, featuring a handful of cosmetic revisions and slightly tweaked mechanicals. It joined a special edition version of the Nissan 370Z and a new GT-R NISMO on the firm’s 2019 New York Motor Show stand, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the GT-R and Z nameplates. 

Nissan’s latest special edition GT-R marks the return of the firm’s famed “Bayside Blue” paint colour, which was retired in 2002 having last featured on the legendary R34. Other updates include a fresh set of alloys, a reworked braking system, updated suspension, a full-length racing stripe and a range of “50th Anniversary Edition” badges. 

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Inside, the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition gets a re-upholstered grey leather interior, an Alcantara headliner and Alcantara-wrapped sunvisors, as well as unique trim for the steering wheel and shift knob.

In addition to this special edition model, Nissan has updated the entire GT-R range, with fresh editions of the standard GT-R and GT-R Track Edition due for launch in 2020. Both models are powered by a revised version of the firm’s 3.8-litre V6 engine, fitted with new turbochargers, updated exhaust manifolds and a fresh titanium exhaust system.

The engine comes in two states of tune, with the standard version producing 557bhp and 633Nm of torque. The more focused Track Edition uses the same tune as the recently updated GT-R NISMO, producing 592bhp and 652Nm of torque.

Both engines feed their power through all four wheels via a revised edition of Nissan’s six-speed dual-clutch transmission, with a refined “R Mode.” The software update features more aggressive downshifts, with gear selection occurring during ABS engagement. Nissan claims this update reduces understeer and increases corner exit speeds.

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