Nissan GT-R Anniversary Debuts in New York

3 years ago

Making its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition takes the nameplate to a level that was unimaginable when it was first introduced 50 years ago. To celebrate the half-century of the GT-R engineers challenged themselves to find undiscovered performance potential while still making sure the car can be enjoyed by drivers at any level.

GTROC Honorary President & Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R said :

“A GT-R is about total balance management,it is not about chasing a power figures but creating a new GT-R where no aspect has been overlooked. This is appropriate to celebrate the GT-R 50th anniversary.”

The 2020 Nissan GT-R will come in three trim levels in most markets :

  • GT-R Premium
  • GT-R Track Edition

In select regions there will also be the Pure, Prestige & Black models – but it is the 50th Anniversary Edition that truly celebrates the GT-R’s rich heritage.

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 – of which the original GT-R was born to dominate. Retired since the GT-R “R34” model Bayside (Wangan) Blue makes a return complete with white racing stripes! A four-coat, double-heat treatment process ensures a vivid blue with striking highlights & deep shadows. Blue accents on the wheel spokes are among several fine touches made to celebrate the GT-R’s milestone. Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes round out the 50th Anniversary liveries.

Inside the 50th Anniversary Edition is a special gray interior color scheme which gives the cabin a sense of luxury, reminiscent of the atmosphere of the night sky after the twilight hour. The color is also available on select other 2020 GT-R models.

Additional 50th anniversary features include unique steering wheel, shift knob trim, special embossed seats, an Alcantara headliner with unique stitching, Alcantara-wrapped sunvisors, & more.

Shinichiro Irie, Program Design Director for the GT-R said :

“The Nissan GT-R has been the icon of our company’s driving performance for the past half century. We were highly motivated to ensure that the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition stands out. While the exterior & interior changes may seem subtle at first glance, they’re still impactful especially with the new paint schemes keeping the car’s lines & overall presence modern and edgy

While many believed that the refinement & performance of the GT-R’s 565 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each handcrafted by its own takumi technician – were so high that there was no room for improvement. The car’s engineers had a few tricks up their sleeves & among them was incorporating new turbochargers. These help increase the engine’s low rpm response due to an abradable seal providing tighter clearances & a 5% increase in efficiency. Overall they provide even sharper engine response in & out of corners making the driving experience more rewarding & richer than ever before. The exhaust manifolds – inspired by racing technology – have optimized turbo flange attachment points which allow for easier servicing & potential tuning without touching the exhaust manifold.

The GT-R features a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission with a refined “R mode” which is made for both track & road. It features more aggressive downshifts to better anticipate swift cornering exits with gear selection happening during ABS engagement which resultsin reduced understeer & a more driver-intuitive feeling. The adaptive shift control is programmed to change shift schedules to fit the user’s driving style, thus making it possible to drive according to the law on public roads with full brute force available on the race track without needing to manually change shift modes – in A mode & R mode.

The GT-R’s signature exhaust note is the product of a new titanium muffler featuring titanium finishers with burnished blue tips.

The electronically controlled suspension has been tuned to provide better cornering stability & a smoother ride. The steering is more linear & precise than ever requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186.4 mph. A new brake booster increases the initial braking response by engaging with less pedal stroke, resulting in enhanced stopping power & feel.

The GT-R’s cabin represents the ideal blend of luxury & sport. The distinct driver-oriented cockpit has comfortable yet supportive seats for both front & rear passengers & the dashboard is designed to convey a “horizontal flow,”. This delivers a sense of high stability for front seat occupants & comes wrapped in a single, seamless piece of hand-selected Nappa leather artfully stitched with takumi-style precision. The center dashboard integrates navigation & audio controls with an 8-inch capacitive touch-panel monitor. The large icons on the display screen inform the driving experience without distracting from it.

Mounted to the sporty steering wheel are shift paddles that allow drivers to change gears in mid-turn without taking their hands off the wheel.

All 2020 Nissan GT-Rs come with the NissanConnect integrated audio, navigation & communication system in select markets. It allows users to remotely lock or unlock the doors, activate the alarm, summon emergency services or track the car’s whereabouts using smartphone apps.

A REVISED 2020 GT-R Track Edition

For those inclined to take their GT-R to a race circuit Nissan offers the revised & very potent 2020 Track Edition which comes with an optional carbon fiber roof that sports a clean tight weave made possible by a new construction process.

The engine – for U.S. models – is borrowed from the famed R35 GT-R NISMO with newly redesigned turbochargers from the latest GT3 series GT-R race car.

This results in a 20% increase in pedal-down acceleration reaction time & 600 horsepower.

Optional on the Track Edition are special Brembo carbon ceramic rotors & calipers made of carbon & silica carbide. The rotors – 16.1 inches (410 mm) front & 15.3 inches (390 mm) rear – are nearly as hard as diamonds. This paired with the performance brake pads generate more friction which translates into better feel & control in all types of braking situations.

GTROC Honorary President & Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R said :

“With the 2020 GT-R we kept to the car’s concept – pursuing ultimate driving pleasure. 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 & spiritually.