It looks mean. It has 530kW and 780 N.m. on tap It costs more than R16m. There will be only 50 ever made, but most of these have been snapped up in advance. It is the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.
The final production model of this rare monster has been announced and will be on display at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2020. This production model closely matches the prototype version that stunned and surprised back in June 2018.
But what is the Nissan GT-R50 and why was it made?
It is the Nissan GT-R without limits. As for why – it was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of both the iconic GT-R and the legendary style and engineering house of Italdesign Giugiaro.
The GT-R50 is based on the GT-R Nismo, which is already an extreme version of the GTR. The prototype was developed and engineered by Italdesign, with exterior and interior design by Nissan Design Europe and America.
The engine is still the 3.8-litre V6, but this has been tweaked to the abovementioned 530kW and 780 N.m. This involved twin high-flow, large-diameterGT3 racing-spec turbochargers with suitably-sized intercoolers. A heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearing all make sure the engine can carry the load. The load is further optimised by high-flow piston oil jets, new camshaft profile, higher-flow fuel injectors and improvements to the ignition, intake and exhaust.
The reinforced six-speed dual-clutch rear transaxle and stronger differentials channel the power to all four wheels. The suspension has been upgraded with a Bilstein DampTronic continuously adjustable damping system and the brakes are Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear. The tires are Michelin Pilot Super Sport 21-inches.
Seen from the front the car looks like a stylized shark, with gold detail and a power bulge on the bonnet. From the back, the GT-R50 shows a lower roofline, a large adjustable wing and taillights that look like the laser guns on the Millennium Falcon.
Depending on certification and homologation in all relevant markets, customers can expect to get behind the wheel of their personalized Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign sometime between late 2020 and the end of 2021. There are still a few left, but keep in mind the R16m price tag was a 2018 guestimate.