Celebrating 5 decades of performance
A legendary supercar deserves an epic celebration. From its unique competition-inspired exterior to a custom-crafted interior, the 2020 GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition proves that 5 decades in, the Nissan GT-R will still leave you breathless.
The first Skyline GT-R was released in 1969, and was exclusive to the Japanese Nissan dealership network called Nissan Prince Store. Power was supplied by a 2.0L, DOHC, S20 Inline-six producing approximately 160 hp fed through a 5-speed manual transmission.
The GT-R became available as a coupe starting in March 1971, and earned its place in the model's legendary competition history as the GT-R racked up its 50th overall racing victory.
Powered by a 1989-cc I6 S20 engine, this edition of the GT-R was also known as the "Kenmeri" Skyline, due to a popular ad featuring a young couple (Ken and Mary) enjoying the Hokkaido countryside. Stricter emissions standards and the international oil crisis resulted in a total of only 197 cars being built.
The precursor of today's GT-R was introduced In 1989. The R32 Skyline had all-wheel drive and the famed Nissan RB26DETT inline six that pumped out approximately 280 horsepower. This GT-R model also has an incredible competition record, with 29 victories and zero defeats during 4 seasons of the Japan Touring Car Championship from 1990 through 1993.
The R33 GT-R launched with base GT-R and V-Spec models. The V-Spec employed a lowered, more focused suspension, and included the newer ATTESA E-TS Pro all-wheel drive system. For ultimate performance, the R33 GT-R V-Spec N1 model was available, made lighter by removing the ABS, air conditioning, sound system, rear wiper and carpeting in the trunk.
The R34 Skyline GT-R was introduced in 1998, and its RB26DETT twin-turbo I6 engine produced an impressive 327 hp. A video game legend, many enthusiast's first drive of a GT-R was a virtual one.