The GT-R Turns 50 and Nissan Gives us yet Another Edition
Nissan is celebrating 2019 with the 50th anniversary of two models in their long and storied stable: the Z and the GT-R.
Unfortunately, these new editions of the 370Z and R35 are just gussied up appearance only changes with zero performance mods that would’ve really made the cars stick out. The GT-R has been changed little by little every year that it’s been out, continually improving. But the 370Z has been left pretty much stagnant and unloved (Much like the leftovers from your in-law’s house at the back of the fridge).
Anyhow, let’s get into the 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R. Starting off with the Premium level of the uber Nissan, you’ll see three “heritage-era” two-tone paint packages that are inspired by historic GT-R schemes from the past. Of those choices, it’s the beautiful Bayside Blue (or Wangan Blue if you prefer) that won many hearts when it adorned the R34 GT-R way back in the late 1990s. However, since Nissan is doing the two-tone thing, Bayside Blue is going to be accented by white stripes (grumble grumble).
To let everyone know that your GT-R is special, there will also be badging and graphics at the rear of the car, bespoke headlights with blue accents, unique 20-inch wheels, and a fancy quad titanium exhaust with burnt blue tips.
Once inside the car, you’ll notice the “50th Anniversary” embossed into the seats, doorsill kickplates, and a little badge around the shifter. The cabin is done up in hand selected gray Nappa leather with Alcantara covering the sun visors and headliner.
While there aren’t any performance tweaks special to the 50th-anniversary variant, there are still the aforementioned yearly tweaks that will be included in this model. So in a way, you could tell yourself that it’s a special car because, after all, aren’t all GT-Rs special? The 50th Anniversary GT-R is scheduled to begin arriving very very soon in dealerships so if you want one then start calling now.