Godzilla Gets Gilded: This Is the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

Godzilla Gets Gilded: This Is the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition

Under the hood is the same well-known and beloved 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6, but its turbos have been swapped out for those found in the GT-R GT3 race vehicle with a modified turbine design with fewer blades to increase acceleration response time by 20 percent. Given the explosive turbo lag is actually one of the GT-R's most endearing aspects, a challenge and something to exploit, let's hope the improvements haven't dulled the sensation too much. Powering the vehicle is the same 572PS/633Nm 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 from the 2017 GT-R. They improve acceleration reaction time by 20 percent and take the engine to 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. It's available with either a six-speed manual with rev matching or a seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Grippier Dunlop rubber will help make the most of the snappier power delivery.

The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition gets new colours and cosmetic bits with no mechanical changes. Nissan says the synchronized downshift rev-matching system "allows drivers of any skill level to change gears like a professional race auto driver". To further cut down on weight, the roof is now built from lightweight carbon fiber as well. Nissan has also tweaked the electronically controlled suspension in a bid to improve ride comfort and cornering stability.

Pricing still hasn't been announced, but the 2020 GT-R Nismo will hit dealers this summer. Just in case there hadn't been enough GT-R dorkery in your Wednesday morning.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition keeps the car's classic look, but is packed with new tech, including the NissanConnect infotainment system that impressed us in the revamped Micra and Qashqai.

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The exterior of the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition mimics the livery of the original BRE race auto and is available in two different paint schemes: white with red accents, or silver with black accents.

Rounding out the trio of GT-R debuts is an updated Track Edition model. We're sure the most popular will be Bayside Blue (or Wangan Blue, as the color has come to be known unofficially), as it hasn't been offered since the R34 generation.

The 50 Anniversary Edition package consists of a two-tone paint scheme that is available in either white with red accents or silver with black accents. Special touches include a "50th Anniversary" steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, with a race car-inspired centering stripe.

Power comes from a familiar 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 332 hp (248 kW / 337 PS) and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm) of torque.

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