The last time we heard the words "Usain Bolt" and "Nissan GT-R" in the same sentence, the athlete had designed and was auctioning a special-edition Godzilla for his charity. Mr. Bolt liked the car so much, however, that Nissan designed a similar model and gave it to him.
The "Bolt Gold" Nissan GT-R came about as part of a partnership between Nissan and the gold medalist late last year, and by December the car--with unique touches like a gold paintjob and some real gold trim pieces--had sold for $187,100, to an Australian buyer. The proceeds benefitted the Usain Bolt Foundation, which works on creating educational/cultural opportunities for Jamaican youth.
This time around, there's not much charity--more like a gift. The 100-meter superstar received a custom, one-off car from Nissan, presented in Jamaica, in recognition of Bolt's work as international brand ambassador. The new car is catered to Mr. Bolt's tastes, including a rich gold paintjob, RAYS "hyper-titanium" wheels painted in a deep shade of gold, and "Spec Bolt" exterior badging. On the inside, there's a lot of white--a color requested by Usain himself.
This being a 2013 GT-R (sold here as a 2014 model-year car), it should have a bit more oomph and ability than Mr. Bolt's own 2009 GT-R. The car makes 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque, and has revised aerodynamics, suspension, and engine tuning to provide better responses on the track and under hard driving. We hope that Mr. Bolt--famous both for his sprinting ability and crashing fast cars--uses the power wisely.