It turns out that 2020 is a year of anniversaries in Nissan’s sports car department. Along with the 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition already unveiled, a second special edition car sits on the Nissan stand at this year’s New York International Auto Show: Godzilla is turning 50, and Nissan is celebrating by releasing a 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition.
The first instance of the GT-R badge on a Nissan was in 1969, when the original Skyline GT-R four-door sedan made its first appearance in Japan. A coupe landed two years later, and the car evolved over three generations before it earned the nickname Godzilla in Australia for its multiple Group A championships and Bathurst 1000 wins in the early 1990s. It finally made its North American debut in 2008 at the start of its sixth generation, where it remains today.
To honour the occasion, two trim levels of the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition will be sold in Canada: GT-R Premium and GT-R Track Edition.
On the Premium, the handcrafted 3.8-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine remains rated at 565 hp and 467 lb.-ft. between 3,300 and 5,800 rpm but incorporates new turbochargers to improve low rpm response and provide a 5 percent increase in efficiency.
The Track Edition that will be sold in the U.S. and Canada, however, gets a power bump by borrowing the version of this engine that goes into the GT-R NISMO, which is tuned to 600 hp and 481 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,600 and 5,600 rpm. Newly redesigned turbochargers improve throttle response by 20 percent, and a carbon fibre roof is standard.
Both versions will be available in three heritage-era, two-tone exterior colour combinations inspired by classic GT-R liveries from the Japan GP series. Bayside (Wangan) Blue, which has been retired since the fifth-generation Skyline GT-R, returns complete with white racing stripes and blue-accented wheel spokes. The other two colour configurations are pearl white with red stripes and silver with white stripes.
Additional 50th anniversary features include unique steering wheel and shift knob trim, embossed seats, Alcantara sun visors and headliner with unique stitching, and a gray colour scheme that appears in this interior as well as in other select 2020 GT-R models.
Pricing has not yet been announced. The GT-R 50th Anniversary will begin arriving at dealerships in July.