50 years. That's how long the fearsome Nissan GT-R has been around. To celebrate half a century of its existence, Nissan engineers have introduced a special GT-R for the 2020 model year called the 50th Anniversary Edition. The special edition model not only marks 50 years of the vehicle’s existence but also pays homage to the GT-R’s rich heritage.
Nissan announced that the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition will be available in three color combinations that are ‘meant to represent the GT-R’s liveries from the Japan GP Series’. The most iconic of all three colors is Bayside Blue which was previously offered on the R34 and subsequently retired when the Skyline was discontinued in 2002. Now, the color has returned and features new white racing stripes as well. Aside from Bayside Blue, the other 50th Anniversary colors are Pearl White with red stripes and Super White with silver stripes. Depending on the color, the car features matching color accents on the wheels.
Inside, the 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R gets a new gray interior, which is also available on other 2020 model year GT-Rs. A unique steering wheel, shifter, Alcantara headliner and visors, embossed seats, and special anniversary badging adorn the cabin and are exclusive to the special edition GT-R.
Under the hood, the 2020 GT-R continues to use the same 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 which produces 565 PS and 637 Nm of torque even with newer turbochargers fitted. It also uses a new titanium muffler, giving it a better exhaust note. The electronically controlled suspension has also been tuned for better handling and ride.
Aside from the 50th Anniversary Edition, Nissan will also be offering the 2020 GT-R in three trim levels: GTR Premium, GT-R Track Edition, and GT-R NISMO. The Track Edition gets the optional carbon fiber roof and carbon ceramic Brembo brake rotors on the NISMO. It also gets the GT-R NISMO’s engine which features the new GT3-spec turbos.
Nissan did not say how many 50th Anniversary Edition models will be built. However, considering it is being offered in classic Bayside Blue, you may want to cash in before the queue starts getting long.