Nissan celebrates GT-R's 50th anniversary by going full retro

Remember Bay Side Blue?

2y ago

While the 50th anniversary Z-Car was a bit meh, the anniversary GT-R is something you can actually get excited about. The 'Godzilla' might be equally long in the tooth being on the market for the past 12 long years, however as it's the jewel in Nissan's crown, it got a proper anniversary edition.

Not least of which thanks to the return of one of the coolest factory colours - 'Bay Side Blue' is back for the first time since it was last offered on the R34 Skyline GT-R in 2002. It's available as one of three paint options for the 50th-anniversary edition next to silver and white but who really cares? Each option comes with the distinctive hot-wheels like retro racing stripes and a ton of anniversary badging.

Just like the Z it gets special set of wheels, although I would argue these are a bit more special. With 50th anniversary elements and painted spokes.

Nissan didn't even care enough to release photos of the white or silver car either. They got a nice video though.

Unlike the Z, GT-R has the performance to back up the (not so) silly livery, the already potent 3.8 litre V6 keeps its 565bhp however the Anniversary model gets slightly more responsive turbos for even more low-rpm grunt. ( Just in case there weren't enough 'Crazy GT-R acceleration' reaction videos on youtube.)

The exhaust gets titanium mufflers with blue tips, exhaust manifolds meanwhile have "optimised turbo flange attachment points", simply saying it will be ever easier to chuck the stock exhaust away and put an aftermarket one on. Say what you want but Nissan really knows their audience.

The 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox got a tad better to help keep up with the competition, it's most hardcore 'R' mode has been further optimised for sharper response. Anniversary model also gets tweaked suspension which should provide a smoother more stable ride.


Nissan claims the grey colour scheme going on the inside is "reminiscent of the atmosphere of the night sky after the twilight hour”. To me, it kind of looks like most 90's semi-luxury cars overflowing with cheap quality grey leather.

However! It looks bloody good in the Nissan and fits perfectly with the retro paint outside, it's not cheap either as the whole dash is wrapped in napa leather, there is also more stitching and Alcantara. Steering wheel is meant to be unique, but lets face it, it's a 12 year old car.

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Comments (11)

  • Would've been awesome if they had a manual gearbox for this edition

      2 years ago
    • Doubt they could ever justify the R&D required for that

        2 years ago
    • Also it would likely ruin the R35's performance most of it comes from the clever gearing and gloriously overengineered gearbox, transfercase and whole awd system.

        2 years ago
  • I honestly think that every GT-R from here on out should be offered in Bayside Blue. It’s one of the best car colors I’ve ever seen.

      2 years ago
  • The "50th anniversary" text looks like some shitty 'dealer special' from the 90's. Not a fan of the stripe either but that Bayside Blue is excellent. I wonder why they've never offered it before?

      2 years ago
  • Bayside blue looks insane and I'm glad they brought it my honest opinion the stripe doesn't fit, maybe thats just me? None the less its a great car with now even more grunt! Would like to see one in Millenium Jade though

      2 years ago
    • The stripe is slightly silly, I would be a hard choice whether to keep it or not for me. Sadly I don't have such issues at the moment...

        2 years ago
  • I also remember Midnight Purple

      2 years ago