The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is the latest and most limited version of Godzilla. Now, some may reject the Japanese sports coupe and say it is just another special edition version just to extend its lifespan.
While this may be true, given that the current R35 under the GT-R50 has been out for over a decade now, the GT-R50, signed by Italy, also gets a considerable power advantage over to its normal Nissan GT-R counterparts. Yes, even on the GT-R Nismo.
In addition to its distinctive style, your $ 1 million spent on the GT-R50 will give you 710 horsepower from the 3.8-liter V6 biturbo engine. Nismo was able to extract 110 additional hp from the VR38DETT compared to the GT-R Nismo. Torque has also been increased, now to 575 lb-ft (780 newton meters), showing an increase of 94 lb-ft (128 Nm).
To support the extra growl, Nissan had to beef up the six-speed dual-clutch sequential transmission. Bigger Brembo brakes have also been added, while the suspension has been reworked by Bilstein for continuously adjustable damping. The GT-R50’s 21-inch custom alloys are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires – 255/35 R21 at the front and 285/30 R21 at the rear.
All of these performance improvements are of course put to the test. We have already seen Nissan testing the GT-R50 on a Belgian circuit. Now is the time to see him running an Italian track. The short clip integrated at the top of this page should show you the GT-R50 production running the Tazio Nuvolari circuit.
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Nissan GT-R50 celebrates 50e Italdesign birthday. Only 50 units of the customer sports car will be produced, each with a price of € 990,000 ($ 1.08 million). There are a few units up for grabs during the production version reveal – in case your deep pockets could afford it.