For a long time, the Nissan GT was a Japanese poster child and still largely unknown in other areas of the world. People were only able to get a mere glimpse of this high-performance, high-tech coupe in magazines or video games. Now, the company is manufacturing versions of their prototype Nissan GT-R50 that showed true grit at the Goodwood hill, Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard.
It’s true, £1 Million may sound like a lot, and it is, but when it comes to the Nissan GT-R50, can you really put a price tag on a car of such beauty, ferocity and sheer performance? Not to mention the rich history of how it all began to where we are today, talking about a Nissan that costs as much as a McLaren P1 and 6 times more than the Nissan GT-R Nismo.
Quick History Lesson Of The Nissan GT
The limited-edition Nissan GT-R50 is a modern interpretation of how the Nissan GT has advanced since the early days in 1964. It was during this time that Nissan decided to hit the racetrack with a tuned car delivering 125 HP. It proved to be highly successful at racing which prompted the automaker to continue their research and development.
Skipping ahead to the late 1990s, the Japanese automaker introduced their most technologically advanced GT of that time. It had a ceramic twin-turbo engine pushing out 276 HP with full-time AWD and a price tag to match the most elite coming in at $90,000. In today’s terms, that would be about R1,65 million which is a far cry from around R18,3 million for the limited edition Nissan GT-R50.
What Do You Get With The Nissan GT-R50
The Nissan GT-R50 is based on the GT-R Nismo, an already extreme version of the GTR. The prototype was developed and engineered by Italdesign while Nissan Design Europe and America took charge with the exterior and interior. The engine is still the 3.8-litre V6, however, it has been tweaked to deliver an astonishing 530kW and 780 Nm of torque. Here are a few more interesting facts you should know.
Supercar Status With Limited Production
Some may be wondering whether the Nissan GT-R50 is worth it and for those with deep pockets and a true passion for collecting cars, it certainly is. Especially considering the Japanese supercar status and the fact they are only producing 50 limited editions. With the hefty price tag, the Nissan GT-R50 will likely only appeal to a select few but it’s a worthy investment as the car could fetch several million in a few years.
Classic Nissan Sports Car Heritage Exceeds Expectation
One cannot argue the beauty of this automotive engineering marvel with advanced technologies, performance and styling. Among others are the reinforced six-speed dual-clutch rear transaxle and stronger differentials, AWD system and continuously adjustable damping system and Brembo brakes.
According to sports car program director, Bob Laishley: “The reaction from Nissan fans around the world—and potential customers of the GT-R50—has greatly exceeded our expectations. These 50 cars will be rolling tributes to Nissan’s engineering leadership and rich sports car heritage for a long time to come.”
New Shapes and Styles
The lucky few who have been able to drive the Nissan GT-R50 agree that it’s “familiar but beautifully out-of-kilter”. There’s no denying the stunning design lines and features synonymous with something that belongs on a race track and a magazine centrefold. The windows are longer, the roof is lower while the back end has almost been carved out with a large adjustable wing.
In terms of the front end, it’s certainly flashy and aggressive with a thicker appearance than the standard Nissan GT-R. That doesn’t mean it’s bulky as they left it on purpose to give the car even more definition. It still has deep swathes on the surface which run into slimmer lines making the GT-R50 a simply stunning piece of engineering.
They’ve redone the interior with more carbon-fibre similar to the standard GT-R styling but with different shapes and volumes. You’ll also notice loads of Alcantara accents and gold trim with hard-to-miss handmade details. While minimalistic in design, it’s sleek and stylish but without a radio, infotainment screen, cruise control or basic safety systems although you do get air conditioning.
The Nissan GT-R50 also has hideaway door handles similar than the standard GT-R, but they are harder to grasp. With the lower roof, tall people would have to duck a little when stepping inside. The instrument cluster is new and digital and while the cabin feels familiar, it also offers an entirely new experience.
In a car of this calibre, there is no need for a radio or any other creature comforts as it’s all about performance and appreciating the engine noise and sheer driving pleasure.
Next-Level Power and Performance
If the looks were anything to go by, wait until you see what’s underneath the bonnet. As mentioned earlier, the engine is remarkable thanks to the twin-turbo 3.8L V6 powertrain which produces 710 hp and 585 lb.ft. of torque. They’ve taken the turbochargers from the GT3 race car and paired it with big intercoolers, fuel injectors, and oil jets along with new Bilstein adaptive dampers.
What the limited edition Nissan GT-R50 may lack in headroom, it makes up for in instantaneous transfer of power. All that horsepower gets pushed to the 21-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres through the all-wheel-drive system. The adaptive suspension results in superior handling in even the harshest conditions ensuring sports car-appropriate cornering characteristics.
Can I Reserve A Nissan GT-R50?
Nissan has announced that there are still a few reservations available and customers can expect their cars between late 2020 and end of 2021. It may be the most expensive Nissan but the GT-R is a vehicle that contributes to Nissan’s iconic sports car.
Besides, it’s all about setting the scene for future generations and where Nissan is heading. Nissan Senior Vice President of Global Design, Alfonso Albaisa, said it foretells the next-generation of GT-R. He also called it “an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way.”