The Nissan GT-R50 is probably very familiar to you by now. First released as a concept in 2018, the Nissan GT-R50 is a design effort by Italian automobile design firm Italdesign and Japanese automaker Nissan.
Most people initially thought that the beautifully-designed Nissan GT-R50 would only remain a one-off concept car, but the Japanese automaker surprised everyone when it revealed that the GT-R50 will be put into production. It also must be noted that the transition from a radically-designed concept car to an actual production car has been impressive. Only the lighting elements and side mirrors have changed—most likely for vehicle safety regulations.
However, don’t mistake the Nissan GT-R50 as an overpriced GT-R in a fancier suit. Using the more potent Nissan GT-R Nismo as a base car, the GT-R50’s exterior does not share any panels with the standard Nissan GT-R—or even with the Nismo version for that matter. The structure is also significantly different from the GT-R and GT-R Nismo, as reflected by the lower roof, stretched headlights, and additional cooling ducts.
The interior still looks as glorious, though some of the concept version’s features did not make it into the production GT-R50. The digital gauges from the concept have been replaced by standard GT-R analog gauges, while the aircon vents also look simpler. The production version also marks the return of the GT-R’s standard Nissan Connect infotainment screen, whereas the concept version did not have a touch screen infotainment system at all.
Costing US$1.1 million apiece, every facet of the Nissan GT-R50 is customizable. This means there will never be two GT-R50s that are exactly the same. Each GT-R50 will be hand-built by Italdesign—another factor contributing to the high price tag.
While the GT-R50’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic is the same as the one found in GT-R and GT-R Nismo, this has been significantly uprated to 711 hp and 780 Nm of torque. For perspective, the base GT-R puts out 562 hp and 633 Nm of torque while the GT-R Nismo’s engine produces 591 hp and 652 Nm of torque.