This is definitely one of the most striking Nissan GT-Rs around. It’s also heartbreakingly expensive.
We at the TFL office seriously respect the Nissan GT-R. How can you not? You get 565 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a huge amount of speed for less than $100,000. But, let’s face it: Godzilla is getting long in the tooth by now. While Nissan did recently face lift its halo sports car, the standard GT-R still looks like the one from a decade ago.
Happily, Italdesign has come along and designed the GT-R50. Formerly a concept, Nissan announced that it will go into production. However, there are two catches if you want a GT-R50.
The first lies in its name. What do you think “50” means? That number refers to two things: how many years the GT-R has been around, as well as how many Nissan will build. Yes, just 50 of these cars will ever see the light of day, making it highly unlikely you’ll ever see one in person. This Italdesign GT-R50 costs an eye-watering $1.1 million. That’s eleven times more expensive than the standard GT-R before taxes and fees.
What about performance?
Mind you, NISMO did tune the GT-R50 to provide quite a bit more grunt over the standard GT-R. This car produces 720PS, or about 710 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. That’s to say nothing of the enormous wing on the back. Is it enough to justify hiking the price over a million dollars? That’s up to you.
When you’re talking seven figure price tags, it’s all about craziness. The GT-R50 does dial up the absurdity, including aggressive lines, creases and gold trim. Italdesign went berserk on the front end, thanks to that gold trim and the headlights. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is up to you.
If you’re feeling flush, you can head over to Nissan’s website to pre-order a GT-R50. Deliveries will start in 2019 and go on through 2020.