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

2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition

2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition

"It is not about chasing a power figures, but creating a new GT-R, where no aspect has been overlooked". The 370Z Sport is the base vehicle used for the 50th Anniversary Edition. The special GT-R pays tribute to the model's rich heritage-which began in 1969 when the original "Hakosuka" Skyline GT-R debuted in Japan-with new interior details, unique paint colors, and special badging. Nismo is Nissan's in-house skunkworks department responsible for various motorsport titles and tuning kits.

So, if you're thinking the R35 GT-R will be bowing out soon, better think again. Just in case there hadn't been enough GT-R dorkery in your Wednesday morning. This allows drivers of any skill level to change gears like a professional race vehicle driver. The 2020 GT-R Nismo is around 30.5kg lighter than before thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre for body panels and various other light-weight components.

Under the bonnet, the 50th Anniversary Z soldiers on with its trusty 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6, which produces 247kW of power (at 7000rpm) and 366Nm of torque (at 5200rpm). Heated front bucket seats are standard and include four-way power adjustments. Apart from the seats, the interiors are identical to the 2017 GT-R Nismo.

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 auto with a modified turbine design with fewer blades to increase acceleration response time by 20 percent. Torque is rated at 652Nm. We might still see the current-generation GT-R in action for quite some time.

That new NISMO, then. The previous version also completed a lap of the Nurburgring in a blisteringly fast 7:08 minutes. The 6-speed dual-clutch transmission remains, but its "R mode" has been reprogrammed to shift quicker and has been optimized for better gear selection while exiting corners. A new titanium muffler tunes up that exhaust note. The callipers are finished in a bright yellow shade and can withstand temperatures of up to a 1,000 degree Celsius.

The Datsun 240Z made its US debut a half a century ago and Nissan is marking the occasion by unveiling the 2020 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition. Special touches include a "50th Anniversary" steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, with a race car-inspired centering stripe. The model also boasts side stripes, 50th Anniversary badging and special 19-inch alloy wheels with red accents. Powering the auto is the same 572PS/633Nm 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 from the 2017 GT-R.

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