Nissan squeezes every last drop from the GT-R with the 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

Nissan’s GT-R is universally recognized as an incredible performer, but let’s be honest; its design is getting a bit tired.

Debuting in Japan in 2007 and in the U.S. a year later, the twin-turbo two-door was never exactly a beauty queen to begin with, but subtle refreshes over the years have prolonged ‘Godzilla’s’ expiration state. As we approach this particular model’s eighth birthday, enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the next-generation version.

Before that happens though, Nissan has gone to the well again with the 2016 model.

Priced at $101,770 in the U.S., which is unchanged from last year, the base coupe is mainly a carryover from 2015 save for a five-horsepower bump and 20-spoke aluminum wheels.

There’s a $111,510 Black Edition as well, which features the same power increase, a carbon fiber spoiler, exclusive wheels, and a red/black interior with Recaro seats.

Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

The 45th Anniversary Gold Edition (pictured) is a celebration of the original Skyline GT-R. It wears a ‘Silica Brass’ exterior finish, as well as a gold VIN plate and commemorative badging. Less than 30 examples of the car are headed for American shores, however prices were not listed in the automaker’s release.

The 600-hp GT-R NISMO is unchanged for 2016, and will run you $149,990.

Given the current car’s reputation for outstanding performance value, ease of use, and incredible track capability, the next-generation GT-R has a lot to live up to.

We reported in January that the GT-R’s successor will likely be a 2+2 hybrid, with certain elements of the Vision Gran Turismo concept influencing the vehicle’s design.

A new Godzilla is coming, but we’ve got a bit longer to wait. The brand has stated that the new version won’t arrive until at least 2018.