It's been half a century since Nissan gave us the GT-R and the Japanese company is celebrating the occasion with a special 50th Anniversary edition of the R35.
The biggest news here is that Nissan is reviving some of the most iconic liveries in the GT-R’s long history, starting with the beautiful Bayside Blue, complete with white racing stripes, that was last featured on the R34 model.
The four-coat paint is applied with double-heat treatment to ensure a vivid blue with striking highlights and deep shadows. The wheels feature blue accents as well.
Customers of the new 2020 GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition will also be offered a Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes.
Inside we find a special gray color scheme, unique steering wheel and shift knob trim, special embossed seats, Alcantara headliner and sun visors, and more. The dashboard is wrapped in a single piece of hand-selected Nappa leather that’s been stitched with takumi-style precision.
"We were highly motivated to ensure that the GT-R 50 th Anniversary Edition stands out," said Shinichiro Irie, program design director for the GT-R. "While the exterior and interior changes may seem subtle at first glance, they’re still impactful, especially with the new paint schemes, keeping the car’s lines and overall presence modern and edgy."
2020 brings small improvements to the whole GT-R range
The range of the 2020 Nissan GT-R will be available in three flavors for most markets, alongside the new 50th Anniversary model: Premium, Track Edition and the hardcore NISMO. Some regions will also get Pure, Prestige and Black models.
The handcrafted twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine still produces 565hp and 467lb-ft (633Nm) of torque but Nissan has made a number of upgrades to it. These include a pair of new turbochargers for better throttle response in low revs and a 5 percent improvement in efficiency, as well as optimized exhaust manifolds with improved turbo flange attachment points.
There’s also a new titanium muffler that features burnished blue tips and a retuned adaptive suspension that according to Nissan offers even better cornering stability as well as a smoother ride. A new brake booster increases the initial braking response while the steering is now more linear and precise, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h).
New GT-R Track Edition now available with NISMO power
Perhaps the second biggest highlight in the 2020 Nissan GT-R’s lineup is the revised Track Edition; the more track-focused variant will share the same engine with the GT-R NISMO in US-spec models, producing 600hp and 481lb-ft (652Nm) of torque and featuring 20 percent faster reaction times during acceleration with full throttle.
Customers of the 2020 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will be offered a carbon-fiber roof and special Brembo carbon ceramic rotors and calipers -16.1 inches (410 mm) front and 15.3 inches (390 mm) rear.
"With the 2020 GT-R, we kept to the car’s concept – pursuing ultimate driving pleasure," said Tamura. "Once you take hold of the steering wheel, you will immediately know that no other car in the world delivers as much satisfaction to the driver, both physically and spiritually."