The R35 Nissan GT-R reshaped the supercar world when it arrived on the scene back in 2009. Twin-turbocharged, all-wheel drive and packing a fast-shifting dual clutch, the GT-R would be the blueprint that almost every supercar manufacturer would copy moving on. to the current decade. Fortunately for die-hard Godzilla fans, you now have the opportunity to own an authentic sample of the rarest variant produced during that period: the 2021 Nissan GT-R50.
The GT-R50 first arrived as a concept vehicle in 2018, marking the dual 50th anniversary of the GT-R nameplate, as well as design house Italdesign prior to 2019. The concept combines the technical capabilities of the R35 with some design influences from its earlier days. -disappeared from the auto industry, borrowing heavily from Italy in the process. The concept was greeted with such enthusiasm that Nissan committed itself to building the car on a limited basis, with official production volumes limited to 50 units. Production slows due to COVID, but automaker closes order book in july This year.
This particular example is the number 11 on the run, although the seller list on Legendary Motor Car claims that only 19 examples were ever produced. Given how long it took for the automaker to close the order book, it’s possible demand never hit that 50-unit target. Regardless of the actual production figures, that car $1,165,000 base price it is certain that only the most die-hard R35 customers will have the chance to own one. That’s a lot of money, but the work done by Nissan and Italdesign is extensive and impressive.
Starting under the hood, the GT-R50 packs a modified variant of the familiar 3.8-liter VR38DETT V-6. The upgraded turbo is pulled straight from the GT3 racer and combined with higher-flow injectors, larger intercoolers and a reworked intake to deliver more power. Updated crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods improve the health of the high-powered engine. The end result is 710 hp and 585 lb-ft of torque, far more than the NISMO’s 600 hp and 481 lb-ft ratings. Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, while adaptive Bilstein dampers take care of suspension duties.
This particular example has also been equipped with an optional hydraulic rear wing, which provides several active aero elements for maximum performance on track. Not that this car has ever seen the track, as it has arrived for sale with on-time delivery mileage. Italdesign’s bodywork won’t suit everyone, but it’s much more unique than what you’d normally find from Nissan products. The paint is also a unique color, which led the first owner to spend nearly $30,000 on the manufacturer’s specifications. Looks good with red NISMO accents, although we hope that the initial investment doesn’t require a significant price spike for potential buyers.
Legendary Motorcar hasn’t published any pricing information about this particular GT-R, following the age-old adage about anything costs a lot. Either way, it’s hope that the next owner of this modern coachbuilt sports car actually decides to use the thing for its intended purpose.
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