The Nissan Skyline GT-R turns 50

Godzilla is still going strong!

In 1969, Nissan released one of the most famous names in Japanese motorsports: The Nissan Skyline GT-R. The progenitor GT-R was a far cry from the GT-R that we think of today. Instead of a hulking, powerful, all-wheel-drive beast capable of straining necks with its acceleration, the original GT-R was a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive machine designed to chase cars like the BMW 1600.

The “Hakosuka” went on to become one of the most desirable cars of the island nation. Today, the GT-R name is continuing to excite enthusiasts and even gamers alike. And now, Nissan celebrates the GT-R nameplate with the new 50th Anniversary Edition Nissan GT-R.

  • The Nissan Skyline GT-R turns 50

This new trim package includes tweaks to the car’s turbos, suspension, and shift programs. Also included is the addition of titanium mufflers, and the return of a now iconic color option: Bayside Blue. This eye-catching shade of blue was first used on the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Personally, I prefer the “Lightning Yellow” the R34 was available with, but Bayside Blue is definitely a close second for me!

The only reference to production numbers for the 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R is from this article, which references a limited run of 50 units for Europe. It’s likely that both North America and Asia are only going to see a 50-unit run as well, making the car a very rare sight! The price is said to be around $120,000 USD

Now, if only they could bring back that Midnight Purple Edition.

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