2020 Nissan GT-R Brings Back R34’s Iconic Bayside Blue For 50th Anniversary Edition

It’s been half a century since Nissan gave us the GT-R and the Japanese company is celebrating the occasion with a special 50th Anniversary edition of the R35.

The biggest news here is that Nissan is reviving some of the most iconic liveries in the GT-R’s long history, starting with the beautiful Bayside Blue, complete with white racing stripes, that was last featured on the R34 model.

The four-coat paint is applied with double-heat treatment to ensure a vivid blue with striking highlights and deep shadows. The wheels feature blue accents as well.

Customers of the new 2020 GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition will also be offered a Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes.

Inside we find a special gray color scheme, unique steering wheel and shift knob trim, special embossed seats, Alcantara headliner and sun visors, and more. The dashboard is wrapped in a single piece of hand-selected Nappa leather that’s been stitched with takumi-style precision.

“We were highly motivated to ensure that the GT-R 50 th Anniversary Edition stands out,” said Shinichiro Irie, program design director for the GT-R. “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.”

2020 brings small improvements to the whole GT-R range

The range of the 2020 Nissan GT-R will be available in three flavors for most markets, alongside the new 50th Anniversary model: Premium, Track Edition and the hardcore NISMO. Some regions will also get Pure, Prestige and Black models.

The handcrafted twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine still produces 565hp and 467lb-ft (633Nm) of torque but Nissan has made a number of upgrades to it. These include a pair of new turbochargers for better throttle response in low revs and a 5 percent improvement in efficiency, as well as optimized exhaust manifolds with improved turbo flange attachment points.

There’s also a new titanium muffler that features burnished blue tips and a retuned adaptive suspension that according to Nissan offers even better cornering stability as well as a smoother ride. A new brake booster increases the initial braking response while the steering is now more linear and precise, requiring minimal corrections at speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h).

New GT-R Track Edition now available with NISMO power

Perhaps the second biggest highlight in the 2020 Nissan GT-R’s lineup is the revised Track Edition; the more track-focused variant will share the same engine with the GT-R NISMO in US-spec models, producing 600hp and 481lb-ft (652Nm) of torque and featuring 20 percent faster reaction times during acceleration with full throttle.

Customers of the 2020 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will be offered a carbon-fiber roof and special Brembo carbon ceramic rotors and calipers -16.1 inches (410 mm) front and 15.3 inches (390 mm) rear.

“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.”

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  • Zandit75

    Damn, that hand brake stands out like crazy!
    C’mon Nissan, where’s your new models??!

  • GobbleUp

    Is Nissan so poor it cant ever make a new GTR? This is pathetic.

    • Matt

      They are making a new GT-R…. it’s just a couple of years away. The sports car market is not as lucrative as it once was, and when you’re spending R&D on future electric models its hard to find a few billion just lying around for a sports car that probably won’t sell as well as the old one (because of changing market conditions).

  • Bo Hanan

    Not good when you only want to remove the 50th Anniversary badging on the 50th Anniversary model.

  • Mr. EP9

    Again, they’re wasting time.

  • ErnieB

    I love the GT-R and all but at least redo the interior for gods sake!! The new 911 might look the same on the outside but at least they updated the interior and refreshed the exterior.. sheesh.

    • Matt

      The interior was redesigned for 2017.

      • ErnieB

        They need to refresh it again.. still looks old..

  • FlameWater

    Straight into some collectors garage to never be seen again

  • Alduin

    No midnight purple? Man this thing is dated looking.

  • SteersUright

    Thats really the best they can do with the interior??

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