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

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Generally, when most folks turn 50, they throw themselves a party and reflect on their first five decades while musing about aging gracefully. The Nissan GT-R might not be renting the community hall for a soiree, but it sure has aged gracefully – at least if its engine has anything to say about it.

Sure, the Z and GT-R are older than Methuselah, thanks to Nissan’s glacier-like design cycle. However, it’s tough to argue with a hand-crafted 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 making 600 horsepower. Despite its age, this is a car worthy of your attention.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R will come in three trim levels in most markets: GT-R Premium, GT-R Track Edition and GT-R NISMO. There will also be a 50th Anniversary Edition, which the blue and white model you see here on these digital pages.

The special edition car will come in three heritage-era, two-tone exterior color combinations meant to represent the GT-R’s liveries from the Japan GP series. If this blue looks familiar, give yourself a cookie – it is called Bayside (Wangan) Blue and last appeared on the vaunted R34. Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes round out the 50th Anniversary liveries.

Under the hood is the aforementioned 3.8L twin-turbo, making 565 horses in standard trim. Nissan takes care to explain that each handcrafted by its own takumi technician, a process that is made to sound like an ancient art known only to those living in the clouds. Those engine builders will be fitting new turbochargers that are said to help increase the engine’s low rpm response. The GT-R’s signature brap is the product of a new titanium muffler, featuring titanium finishers with burnished blue tips.

For those inclined to take their GT-R to a race circuit, they’ll want to check out the revised 2020 Track Edition, which comes with an optional carbon fiber roof that is apparently the result of a new construction process. Models sold in the U.S. will borrow their engine from the GT-R NISMO, complete with redesigned turbochargers from the latest GT3 series GT-R race car. This is the machine that makes 600 horsepower. Optional on the Track Edition are carbon ceramic Brembos, said to measure 16.1 inches in front and 15.3 inches on the rear axle.

So, yeah – the GT-R is old. But you know what? So was my grandfather, who was still a badass at the age of 86 despite having polio instead of 600 horsepower.

[Images: Matt Posky/TTAC, Nissan]

Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Apr 19, 2019

    Compared to the Rogue, this vehicle is irrelevant for Nissan.

  • Stanczyk Stanczyk on Apr 28, 2019

    .. these cars are old .. ! .. >) .. where is new GTR ... and where is production version of IDx concept cars .. ?!? ..

  • Mister They've got their work cut out for them. I live in a large metropolitan city of 1.2+ million people, the is a single Mitsubishi dealer. It's really more like a used-car dealer that sells Mitsubishi on the side. With the remarkably cheesy name of "Johnny Legends".
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  • Jeff Matt--I think this is a good move for Mitsubishi to expand their presence with satellite dealers. I had a 85 MItsubishi Mighty Max and my sister had a 83 MItsubishi Starion. MItsubishi needs to add a compact pickup to compete with the Maverick and the Santa Cruz but offer it for less. A smaller more affordable truck will sell. I believe MItsubishi should still offer an inexpensive subcompact like the Mirage it will sell in a slowing car market with high msrps. Yes I know the Mirage is probably going to be canceled but I believe in these times it is a mistake and they should reconsider cancelling the Mirage. Toyota is having problems selling the new redesigned Tacomas and Tundras with the turbo 4s and 6s. Most Tacomas have MSRPs of well over 40k. There is room for MItsubishi to grow their market share with more affordable vehicles. I am not saying Mitsubishi is going to overtake Toyota, Honda, or Nissan but they should take advantage of the more affordable market segment that these companies for the most part have abandoned. MItsubishi doesn't have to be the biggest just increase sales and become more profitable.
  • Cprescott More hideous garbage.
  • Jalop1991 Mitsubishi is planning dealer expansion? What, the dealer will be adding a customer-only bathroom?