Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production

Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production

Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production

It is very rare for a prototype or a concept vehicle to take its final form this quick but it seems that Nissan had different plans altogether.

The Japanese automaker revealed the vehicle at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July to celebrate the 50th anniversary (hence the name and production number) of the GT-R nameplate, first appearing on the original Skyline GT-R as revealed at the 1968 Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create the model, based on the latest-gen GT-R Nismo, in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. Thus, the GT-R50 can slam down 710 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque-145 more horsepower and 108 pound-feet more than a base GT-R. The GT-R50 is a collaboration between the legendary design house Italdesign Giugiaro and Japanese manufacturer Nissan.

It is now on display at the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama. Italdesign cloaked the GT-R50 in bespoke bodywork. The engine was uprated to make 720 PS at 7,100 rpm and 780 Nm of torque from 3,600 to 5,600 rpm, representing a significant 120 PS and 128 Nm jump over the donor auto. The power figures are significantly better than the standard Nismo with the power and the peak torque being 110 HP and 128 Nm more respectively than the Nismo mill.

Nissan GT-R50 confirmed for production

Other upgrades included a tweaked chassis with new Bilstein DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system, new Brembo disc brakes with red six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

The GT-R50 isn't just a new look - you also get a serious power boost for your $1.65 million.

"The reaction from Nissan fans around the world - and potential customers of the GT-R50 - has greatly exceeded our expectations", said Bob Laishley, global sports auto program director at Nissan. It was built to celebrate 50 years of the GT-R and 50 years of Italdesign.

Nissan will start handing over the keys to the customers from 2019.

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