Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition Celebrates 50 Years of Godzilla

Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition Celebrates 50 Years of Godzilla

Inside, the special edition is brimming with 50 Anniversary details.

The special edition pays tribute to the Brock Racing Enterprises' Datsun 240Z, a victor of numerous SCCA national championships.

According to chief engineer Hiroshi Tamura, few cars possess the GT-R's performance and that over the years, Nissan's engineers have tried to improve what was already rated as mechanical perfection, which is no easy task if you ask us.

Espinosa said: "Almost as well known in Z history is how Peter Brock's competition-tuned 240Z changed the American motorsports landscape".

The Datsun 240Z debuted in North America five decades ago.

Nissan also showcased the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The auto is also adorned with black exterior mirrors, large hashmark decals on the side, and 50Anniversary badging on the back and side.

Externally, the vehicle is adorned in a two-tone paint scheme available in red and white or silver and black combinations. Along the side of the vehicle, a thin line runs from the headlight to the rear glass, culminating in a small triangle inspired by the C-pillar of the Datsun 240Z. The model also boasts side stripes, 50th Anniversary badging and special 19-inch alloy wheels with red accents.

The vehicle has LED daytime running lamps and high-intensity discharge bi-functional xenon headlights with auto on/off. Part of this weight savings was thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber body panels, which included carbon front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, trunk, and a lighter-than-before carbon fiber rear spoiler.

The design incorporates a "layer concept" with an information layer, an operation layer and a holding layer.

Every 50th Anniversary GT-R will have a gray interior and come with a unique steering wheel and shift knob, a center-console plaque, special embossed seats, an Alcantara headliner with unique stitching, and Alcantara-wrapped sun visors. Inside the vehicle is an interior that has special "50th Anniversary" badge on it and leather and suede heated 4-way power seats with adjustable lumbar support. A seven-speed automatic is optional. And the Nismo edition is a vehicle that will feel at home out on the race track.

The peak outputs of the familiar turbocharged 3,8-litre V6 - some 408 kW and 632 N.m here in South Africa - are unchanged (and it's still linked to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission), although the Japanese firm also offers an upgraded GT-R Nismo in some markets. Each corner has high-response shock absorbers that enhance ride comfort through reduced friction. Both gearboxes send power to the rear wheels through a standard limited-slip differential.

The Nissan 370Z is old. This vehicle has defined its segment for the past half century.

The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition gets new colours and cosmetic bits with no mechanical changes.

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