The LEGO Speed Champions theme has been rather quiet for most of 2019, following the release of fantastic sets like 75894 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally and 2018 MINI John Cooper Works Buggy in January, building on more vintage history in 2018 with sets like 75884 1968 Ford Mustang and 75889 Ferrari Ultimate Garage. In the intervening year, it’s now apparent that the LEGO Speed Champions design team has been hard at work redesigning the Speed Champions line from the ground up, shifting from models that are generally six studs wide to an eight-stud axle track, with cars from Jaguar, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Audi. The new 76896 Nissan GT-R NISMO is the very first Japanese car featured in the Speed Champions theme, and was revealed to much fanfare at an event in November.
The January 2020 wave of LEGO Speed Champions has picked up yet another new licensing partnership for LEGO with the addition of acclaimed Japanese automaker Nissan. Today at a special press event in Japan, LEGO Group CEO Niels B. Christiansen unveiled the latest Speed Champions set as 76896 Nissan GT-R Nismo. The set will have 298 pieces and retails for $19.99 USD. It has an official launch date of Jan. 1, 2020, but will likely be available starting Dec. 26 along with the majority of the rest of the January sets.
The set follows the announcements of several more Speed Champions sets in 2020, including vehicles from Ferrari and Audi, Lamborghini, and Jaguar. Check them out, along with the rest of the 2020 sets, and then get a closer look at the GT-R below.
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