Nissan also has an upgraded GT-R Nismo for the New York Auto Show.

Nissan is keen to celebrate its performance heritage this year. We’ve already seen the 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition, which pays homage to the original 240Z that appeared in New York 50 years ago. It wasn’t the only Japanese performance machine to enter the scene back then, though admittedly, the first Skyline GT-R was exclusive to Japan so it didn’t have quite the same worldwide impact. Never the less, the infamous GT-R moniker is 50 years old, and Nissan is celebrating with a 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R.

As with the 370Z, the anniversary treatment is just an appearance package for the GT-R. The exterior gets a two-tone treatment with a bold over-the-top stripe designed to pay homage to classic GT-R racing liveries. Three colour combinations are available, including white with red stripes, silver with white stripes, and perhaps the best news for GT-R fans – the return of Bayside Blue.

That bright shade of blue became nearly as iconic as the R34 Skyline GT-R on which it was last seen, and for the 50th Anniversary Edition, it will be paired with a white stripe. Blue accents on the wheel spokes also help set the model apart, and for those who know nothing about the GT-R, 50th Anniversary script and badging will adorn the exterior as well. Inside, the special model gets a grey colour scheme with a unique steering wheel, shift knob, embossed seats, and Alcantara for the headliner and sun visors.

The GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition might be an appearance package, but Nissan does have some minor performance updates for the full 2020 GT-R line. U.S. spec brake horsepower holds steady at 557 for standard models, and 592 in the Track Edition and GT-R Nismo, but the 3.8-litre V6 gains new turbochargers for better low-end response and a five percent increase in engine efficiency. The car’s track-focused R mode is also retuned to provide more aggressive downshifts, and the suspension is tweaked for better stability in the corners as well as a better overall ride. Lastly, a new titanium muffler with burnished blue exhaust tips directs noise at the back.

Those seeking a bit more performance can turn to the GT-R Nismo, which also gains some minor updates for 2020. A thorough dose of carbon fibre is found in the bumpers, wings, bonnet, roof, side sill covers, boot, and the rear spoiler, all of which cuts weight by 10.5 kilograms. It may not sound like much, but the carbon fibre infusion works with other component upgrades which knock an additional 40 kg from the GT-R’s mass.

The Nismo gets the aforementioned mechanical tweaks, but it also benefits from upgraded brakes. Carbon ceramic Brembo rotors grow to 16.1 inch-diameter units in front and 15.3 inches at the rear. The changes are said to reduce unsprung weight while also improving durability and overall stopping performance. And yes, if you want a GT-R Nismo in the 50th Anniversary Edition trim, you can get it. For that matter, the anniversary treatment is available on Premium and Track models as well.

Nissan hasn't yet released pricing or availability for the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition, or the updated 2020 GT-R models.

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

Nissan draws on 50 years of GT-R racing history to perfect
the ultimate performance machine

NEW YORK. (April 16, 2019) – Few vehicles in the world can be instantly identified by just three letters. But to motoring enthusiasts everywhere, “GT-R” has become synonymous with excitement, high performance and unparalleled refinement.

 

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.

 

“A GT-R is about total balance management,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. “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.”

 

A 50th Anniversary Celebration

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. In select regions, there will also be the Pure, Prestige and 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 in. 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 and 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 and shift knob trim, special embossed seats, an Alcantara® headliner with unique stitching, Alcantara®-wrapped sunvisors, and more.

 

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

 

Upgraded performance, born from racing

 

While many believed that the refinement and 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, which help increase the engine’s low rpm response due to an abradable seal, providing tighter clearances and a 5% increase in efficiency. Overall, they provide even sharper engine response in and out of corners, making the driving experience more rewarding and richer than ever before. The exhaust manifolds, inspired by racing technology, have optimized turbo flange attachment points, which allow for easier servicing and potential tuning, without touching the exhaust manifold.

 

GT-R features a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission with a refined “R mode,” made for both road and track. It features more aggressive downshifts to better anticipate swift cornering exits, with gear selection happening during ABS engagement, resulting in reduced understeer and a more driver-intuitive feeling. The adaptive shift control is programmed to change shift schedules to fit the user’s driving style, 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 and a smoother ride. The steering is more linear and precise than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186.4 mph (300 kph). A new brake booster increases the initial braking response by engaging with less pedal stroke, resulting in enhanced stopping power and feel.

 

A cabin worthy of GT-R

 

The GT-R’s cabin represents the ideal blend of luxury and sport. The distinct driver-oriented cockpit has comfortable yet supportive seats for both front and rear passengers. The dashboard is designed to convey a “horizontal flow,” delivering a sense of high stability for front seat occupants. It comes wrapped in a single, seamless piece of hand-selected Nappa leather, artfully stitched with takumi-style precision. The center dashboard integrates navigation and audio controls and 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 NissanConnectSM integrated audio, navigation and 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 and 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 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 and 600 horsepower.

 

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

 

“With the 2020 GT-R, we kept to the car’s concept – pursuing ultimate driving pleasure,” said Tamura. “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 and spiritually.”

2020 GT-R specifications (U.S. spec)

 

Premium

Track Edition

Engine

VR38DETT, V6 Twin-Turbo charged DOHC

Displacement

3.8L

Horsepower

565 hp

600 hp

Torque

467 lb-ft /3300-5800 rpm

481 lb-ft /3600-5600 rpm

Overall length

185.4 in. / 4710 mm

Overall width

74.6 in. / 1895 mm

Overall height

53.9 in. / 1370 mm

Wheelbase

109.4 in. / 2780 mm

2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO strengthens grip on speed

Racing-inspired upgrades make ultimate performance
available to select drivers

NEW YORK (April 16, 2019) – The 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO made its world debut today, with race car-inspired upgrades and tuning improvements that maximize its exhilarating performance.

 

The model was showcased alongside the new 50th Anniversary Edition as Nissan celebrated 50 years of GT-R heritage at the New York International Auto Show.

 

“The 2020 GT-R NISMO has evolved into a balanced, yet extreme, performance car,” said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. “Pursuing driving pleasure is the most important concept behind GT-R, and the new NISMO’s performance suggest it is a car that belongs on the race track – but is also at home on the open road.”

 

Designed for a pro, built for everyone

 

For the 2020 GT-R NISMO, Nissan engineers set out to take race-proven technology and make it accessible and comfortable for drivers of all skill levels. Vehicle control and predictability were critical in achieving this; thus, they adopted the theme “absolute street and track performance” when developing the car.

 

Setting the most potent and exclusive of all GT-Rs apart from the rest of the pack is the amount of carbon fiber found throughout the car, including the front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk and rear spoiler. Each component has been improved to cut weight, increase downforce and enhance aerodynamics. These exterior parts alone have resulted in a total weight savings of 23 pounds (10.5 kilograms), in addition to nearly 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of reductions from other upgrades and new components.

 

The front fenders now resemble those on the GT3 GT-R. Scalloped vents help funnel hot air away from the engine bay and provide exceptional downforce onto the front tires, without additional drag. They also improve aerodynamics by smoothing out airflow along the body, with special consideration given to avoiding the rear spoiler, promoting high-speed stability. A new compression process gives the carbon fiber roof a lightweight, tight weave.

 

The 2020 GT-R NISMO’s exclusive 20-inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels are lighter than before and incorporate a nine-spoke design that enhances their rigidity. Newly designed Dunlop tires, with a wider tread and fewer grooves, increase the contact patch by 11%. This results in higher cornering force, enhanced steering response and improved rolling resistance when compared with the previous model.

 

Inside the cabin, exclusive GT-R NISMO front seats are designed to focus on holding the shoulder blades and lower body points, giving the driver a better sense of car and body as one.

 

Transcending perfection

 

Few cars possess the GT-R’s driving performance. For the 2020 model, the engineers sought to improve what was essentially already mechanical perfection, “making small tweaks to squeeze out as much as possible from the engine and chassis,” according to Tamura.

 

Nissan’s 3.8-liter V6 24-valve twin-turbocharged engine – each handcrafted by its own takumi technician – remains the heart of the GT-R’s drivetrain. The GT-R NISMO features an exclusive turbocharger design – direct from the GT-R GT3 race car - with a modified turbine shape and fewer blades. This optimizes the flow rate and enhances the acceleration response by 20%, without a loss of horsepower.

 

The car’s revised 6-speed dual-clutch transmission features a refined “R mode” that not only shifts faster but also optimizes gear selection, especially when exiting corners. This enhances the feeling of acceleration and deceleration on both road and track. The adaptive shift control has also been programmed to adapt shift schedules to the user’s driving style. This makes it possible to drive in a law-abiding way on public roads and in a highly spirited fashion on a race track, without manually changing modes (in A mode / R mode).

 

The car’s exhaust note is the product of a revised titanium exhaust with handcrafted burnished blue tips.

 

When it comes to handling, the 2020 GT-R NISMO has few equals. Its updated suspension tuning improves cornering stability, with enhanced yaw rate response and smoother ride quality. The steering features better linearity and precision than ever, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 kph).

 

The absolute performance theme is also fittingly reflected by the addition of a carbon ceramic brake system. The combination of the Brembo carbon ceramic rotors — enlarged to 16.1 inches (410 mm) up front and 15.3 (390 mm) at the rear — and Brembo calipers significantly improve reaction time, durability and overall stopping performance. At the same time, their lightweight nature decreases the unsprung weight on each wheel, allowing the car to trace the intended driving line in a highly precise manner. The carbon and silica carbide structure of the rotors is nearly as hard as diamonds. When paired with the new material of the brake pads, they generate more friction for an enhanced controlled feeling in all types of braking situations. The new materials also help decrease braking footwork by shortening the brake pedal stroke. The newly developed high-rigidity calipers are dipped in bright yellow paint that can resist temperatures of more than 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit (1,000 degrees Celsius).

 

“We have built the 2020 GT-R NISMO for our customers to be the ultimate track and street vehicle,” Tamura said. “It is about total balance management, not just chasing power figures. The new NISMO has been brought to a new level, with enhanced engine, handling, braking and aerodynamics.”

 

2020 GT-R NISMO specifications (U.S. spec)

Engine

VR38DETT, V6 twin-turbo charged DOHC

Displacement

3.8L

Horsepower

600 hp

Torque

481 lb-ft /3600-5600 rpm

Overall length

184.6 in. / 4690 mm

Overall width

74.6 in. / 1895 mm

Overall height

53.9 in. / 1370 mm

Wheelbase

109.4 in. / 2780 mm