Nissan Says Yes For GT-R50 Production
Nissan had revealed a totally revamped the Godzilla when the concept first appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year. The GT-R50, designed by Italdesign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT-R nameplate and the Italdesign studio is a stunner to look at!
And finally, Nissan gave-in to the requests of die-hard GT-R fans from around the world and has decided to put the car in production soon. Great Joy!
Nissan has confirmed that the exterior of the car will remain unchanged from the prototype but there will only be a total of 50 examples. While the car when first revealed, was finished in a special grey with gold accents, the customers will have a wide choice of colours for the production version.
The GT-R50 not only appeared in Goodwood, but it also showed-up at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the US and Nissan Crossing in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Apart from that, the car will be on display at the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama from December 7. The collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign will cost Euro 990,000 (Rs. 8 crores approx.).
This limited edition GT-R will have an engine which has been upgraded from Nissan’s GT3 racers. The upgrades will push the output by 110 horsepower over the existing GT-R Nismo. A 110 addition will take the car’s total power to 71- horsepower (529 kW) and 575 pound-feet (780 Nm) of torque. Needless to say, the performance upgrades to the transmission, suspension damping, and Brembo braking system will go along with that engine boosting.
Bob Laishley, global sports car program director at Nissan said, “The reaction from Nissan Fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations. These 50 cars, which celebrate 50 years of the GT-R as well as 50 years of Italdesign, will be rolling tributes to Nissan’s engineering leadership and rich sports car heritage for a long time to come.”
According to some latest reports, Nissan will start delivering the car in 2019 and it will continue through 2020.