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A Nissan executive has confirmed the Japanese firm will build successors to both the 370Z and GT-R, saying the automaker is “working on them”.

According to Autocar, Ivan Espinosa, vice-president for global product strategy and product planning at the brand, told the media at the Tokyo Motor Show the two nameplates were "at the heart of Nissan and we are actively looking at and working on them”.

Espinosa added fans could “expect something soon”.

“I can’t share what but that doesn’t mean we’re not working on them. Nissan is about exciting cars,” he added.

Interestingly, Espinosa said Nissan would not rule out a possible collaboration with another automaker, hinting the brand could follow a similar route taken by Toyota in terms of its partnership with BMW (resulting in the new-generation Supra and Z4).

“There are no golden rules and we are particularly open. There are some elements you can’t play with as these are brand icons. There is a limit to what you can share and commonise, with expectations not to go beyond what customers expect from a brand.

“There are challenges and difficulties that will force us outside to look at different options but they are important to us,” he said, likely referring to the difficulty in making a business case for sportscars in the current automotive climate.

The Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition has officially touched down in South Africa, offered in a choice of three exterior colour combinations.

Revealed at the 2019 New York International Auto Show in April, the Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition celebrates (you guessed it) half a century of the iconic Japanese nameplate. We have it on good authority fewer than 40 units will be available in South Africa.

The special model joins the existing GT-R Premium (R2 250 000) and GT-R Black Edition (R2 360 000) variants already offered in South Africa.

The special-edition variant is offered in three “heritage-era” two-tone exterior colour combinations representing liveries used in the Japan GP series. Finished in Bayside Blue with white racing stripes (plus blue accents on the wheel spokes), the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition will cost you R2 415 000. Specify the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition in Pearl White with red stripes or Super Silver with white stripes and you’re looking at R2 405 000.

Regardless of chosen exterior hue, each 50th Anniversary Edition model features a grey interior colour scheme along with model-specific steering wheel and shift knob trim, special seat embossing, an Alcantara headliner, Alcantara-wrapped sunvisors and more.

Nissan claims Godzilla's twin-turbo 3,8-litre V6 – here producing 408 kW and 632 N.m – has been refined, gaining new turbochargers, a revised six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a new titanium muffler. Meanwhile, the suspension set-up has been tuned to provide “better cornering stability and a smoother ride”, the steering rendered “more linear and precise” and the braking system updated to offer “enhanced stopping power and feel”.

Nissan has whipped the covers off its special new GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition model at the 2019 New York International Auto Show to celebrate (you guessed it) 50 years of the nameplate.

The special-edition model will be offered in three “heritage-era”, two-tone exterior colour combinations representing the GT-R's liveries from the Japan GP series: Bayside Blue (with white racing stripes), Pearl White (with red stripes) and Super Silver (with white stripes).

Inside, you’ll find a fresh grey colour scheme, along with items such model-specific steering wheel and shift knob trim, special seat embossing, Alcantara headlining (with special stitching) and Alcantara-wrapped sun-visors.

The peak outputs of the familiar turbocharged 3,8-litre V6 – some 408 kW and 632 N.m here in South Africa – are unchanged (and it’s still linked to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission), although the Japanese firm also offers an upgraded GT-R Nismo in some markets.

"A GT-R is about total balance management," said Hiroshi Tamura, chief product specialist for the GT-R. "It is not about chasing a power figures, but creating a new GT-R, where no aspect has been overlooked. This is appropriate to celebrate the GT-R 50th anniversary."


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