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

Nissan has unveiled the 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R in New York, set to arrive in Australia in the second half of 2019.

The special edition celebrates 50 years since the launch of the first GT-R, the 1969 PGC-10 sedan and subsequent KPGC-10 coupe (now affectionately known by its Japanese nickname Hakosuka).

The 50th Anniversary GT-R will be available in three colour schemes designed to reference liveries worn by the GT-R in the Japan GP series – the race series the original car was built for.

The hero colour for the car is the fan favourite 'Bayside Blue' which last appeared on the R34 GT-R between 1998 and 2002. The colour is complimented by white racing stripes.

Aside from the colour schemes, the 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R scores as standard a new grey interior colour scheme with a unique steering wheel and Alcantara trim throughout. There are also 50th Anniversary Edition-specific wheels.

For the 2020 model year, Nissan has re-worked the GT-R’s engine performance slightly. The 3.8-litre V6 (VR38DETT) still produces 421kW/633Nm but has tweaked turbos and exhaust manifolds to provide sharper engine response.

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been re-worked for “more aggressive downshifts” which “results in reduced understeer”. Nissan has also given the GT-R a new titanium exhaust muffler with burnished blue tips.

While Nissan has confirmed the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition will arrive in Australia in the second half of 2019, you’ll need to stay tuned closer to its release window for local pricing information.

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