Nissan GT-R50 Gets Ready to Roll Out Next Year
The special edition Nissan GT-R designed by Italdesign has been teased long enough. Launched in mid-2018, the GT-R50 prototype commemorated the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign. Back then, the prototype was finished in a shiny gray finish they called “Liquid Kinetic Gray” and metallic gold inserts they dubbed “Energetic Sigma Gold.” Nissan has then announced that the lovechild of the two companies will be available to buyers in 2020.
The GT-R50 prototype is based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo. But Nissan and Italdesign deemed the 565 hp and 640 Nm of torque of the Nismo not enough, so they made sure the GT-R50 is significantly more powerful. Under the hood is the same engine, a 3.8 liter twin turbo V6, but this engine puts out 700 hp and 780 Nm of torque.
The exterior of the GT-R50 is completely different from the GT-R Nismo, yet it still has that same distinct charm only a GT-R could have. The Italian design company made the GT-R50 look more aggressive and angular, restyling the front grille and bumper to give it a more threatening look. The headlights are also changed, as the new sweptback design blends in with the design of the front grille better.
The GT-R50’s side profile is also distinct, as its character lines are edgier and more pronounced. The car’s roofline has been lowered by 54 mm (around 2 inches) to make it look sleeker and more robust. Aside from looking cool, the wide air intakes on the sides of the doors also provide the engine with more air. The car is also fitted with massive 21 inch carbon fiber rims and bright red brakes.
Getting inside the GT-R50, you will observe that the interior is very driver-oriented. The black themed cabin features gold trim and carbon fiber accents. The racing style bucket seats are finished in black Alcantara and black Italian leather.
The rear section of the car is also redesigned, as it is fitted with a new taillight design, a more muscular bumper, and an active spoiler that only goes up when you reach a certain speed as it helps keep your car on the road.
These changes make the GT-R50 desirable not only to the dedicated GT-R fanboy, but to other car collectors as well because only 50 units of these will be built. The exclusivity alone ensures that prices will appreciate fast, and the GT-R50 does not come cheap. The starting price of this supercar is around USD 1.2 million, or in terms of pesos, PHP 61 million.