2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition
The current iteration of the Nissan GT-R has been melting our hearts since 2007, but the GT-R’s story doesn’t just begin with the version that we get here in the States. Over in Japan, the GT-R’s got an even longer history that dates back to 1969, the year when the GT-R first entered the market, eventually becoming the forefather of the Skyline range. Forty-five years later, as of 2014, the GT-R has taken different forms, including the current iteration. As such, Nissan is celebrating this milestone by unveiling the GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition in Japan.
The GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition is based on the 2015 Nissan GT-R and will only be available in the model’s Premium trim. The upgrades on the model are pretty limited, too. That’s a little disappointing considering what Nissan could have added to the car if it really wanted to go overboard to celebrate its 45th anniversary.
Maybe it’s waiting for the 50th anniversary model to unleash all of its goodies? That’s an issue for another time, but the bottom line remains the same. Lack of changes notwithstanding, the GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition is still the same fire-breathing Godzilla we’ve all come to love. As sports cars go, it’s still one of the best in the world.
Sadly, the special-edition model is exclusive to its home market. Unless you live in Japan, you get no dibs on the 45 units Nissan plans to build to celebrate the GT-R’s 45th anniversary.
Updated 03/16/2015: Nissan announced that a total of 30 GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition units will make it to the U.S. market. It will be priced at $102,770 and, just like in Japan, will be offered with a special "Silica Brass" paint, plus a special gold-tone VIN plate located inside the engine compartment and a special commemorative plaque on the interior center console.
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2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition
Transmission:Dual clutch sequential 6-speed
Horsepower @ RPM:545 @ 6400
Torque @ RPM:463 @ 3200
0-60 time:3 sec.
Top Speed:196 mph
The Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition is based on the 2015 Japan-spec GT-R, which will be the 2016 model year in the U.S., so don’t expect any dramatic changes to its looks. The special edition GT-R does benefit from a special Silica Brass finish that was actually a staple color of the Skyline GT-R M-Spec (R34 Type). We all have fond memories of the GT-R M-Spec when it was released in 2001 and in that sense, Nissan picked a really good color to commemorate the GT-R’s Skyline heritage.
Just like the exterior, the GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition’s interior was largely kept stock with the exception of an exclusive emblem on the lower part of the center cluster and an exclusive model number plate in the engine compartment. It’s not a lot go by, but at least that emblem should do its part in differentiating this special-edition GT-R from all other Godzillas in the world today.
The Silica Brass-dressed Godzilla gets its power from the same, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that all the 2015 Japan-spec GT-R’s have inside their bellies. This six banger is good for 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque, quite a long ways from the original Skyline’s 160 horsepower back in 1969.
The current GTR’s engine is then mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission, which sends power to the GT-R’s four wheels. All together, the Japanese supercar is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds to go with a top speed of 196 mph.
|Cylinders / configuration||V6|
|Block / head composition||Aluminum/Aluminum|
|Horsepower||545 HP @ 6,400 RPM|
|Torque lb-ft||463 LB-FT @ 3,200 – 5,800 RPM|
|Bore & stroke (mm)||95.5 x 88.4 (Plasma sprayed bore)|
|Compression ratio (:1)||9.0|
|Maximum engine speed||7,000 RPM|
|Transmission||Dual clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle, magnesium paddle shifters, gear pre-selection|
On The U.S. market, the 2016 GT-R 45th Anniversary Edition will be priced at $102,770.
The current iteration of the Nissan GT-R doesn’t have the tradition of the Porsche 911, but if you count the years when the GT-R carried the Skyline nameplate, then there might be a little discussion. It’s still not the 911, but it definitely has the kind of rich history that not a lot of its competitors have.
The new 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 520 horsepower in the base version, or 560 ponies in the S version, sandwiching the GT-R’s 545 horsepower output. The numbers are about as close for any two direct rivals as there is in the industry today.
The Porsche 911 Turbo is priced at $149,250 with the Turbo S at $182,050.
It’s a nice homage to the iconic GT-R name, but could there have been more exclusive modifications other than the color and the badges? Maybe a little performance boost?
In the end, our recommendations are irrelevant because the GT-R is still an insanely awesome sports car. Whether or not there are more updates, people will still buy the car knowing that they’re getting an exclusive version of one of the best sports cars in the world today.
Oh, and at that price; that’s called a hometown discount.