If you are thirsting for a very unique looking high-performance car, then you’d be pleased to know that the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is now available in production form.
Even better, not all of the production units have been sold, so you still have a chance to own one.
Craftsmanship: building the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign
There’s a huge caveat to this brilliant looking car, though; it costs around $1.08 million (54 million pesos), which is significantly more than the Nissan GT-R the GT-R50 is based on – around five times as much.
On top of that, only 50 units of the GT-R50 will be made, with some already sold. And no, this isn’t the next-generation GT-R, but rather a 50th-anniversary edition made in a collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign.
The GT-R50's front end is quite the departure from the original look of the GT-R
So what do you get for P50 Million? Well, there’s a lot to this supercar actually.
The GT-R50 pushes the boundaries of the GT-R
Apart from looking very cool, the GT-R50 also has a lot of mechanical advantages over the GT-R, and even over the GT-R NISMO. For starters, it uses the latter’s powertrain.
Thanks to a modded intake, a heavy-duty crankshaft, and very large turbochargers, the VR38DETT on the GT-R50 now makes a whopping 710 horsepower, which is 110 horsepower more than the GT-R Nismo. Torque is also bumped up to an Earthmoving 780 Nm.
The rear end of the GT-R50 looks really angry.
To control the GT-R50, it also uses a sequential six-speed, which is said to be far stronger than the GT-R’s. Nissan also added better brakes. Michelin also pitched in by providing R21 Pilot Super Sports for the tires.
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The GT-R50 looks as sharp as a sword
As we’ve said above, the GT-R50 looks cool. It gets a very distinctive “samurai blade” cooling vents positioned at the rear of the front wheels, stretched LED headlights, a totally different looking rear end, a front fascia that appears to be a different piece from the whole car, a new adjustable wing, as well as a set of custom wheels – quite a Japanese-inspired styling coming from an Italian design firm.
We're thinking that the new roof line also has something to do with better aerodynamics
The interior of this thing also gets some amount of redesign with additional dashes of Alcantara, and carbon fiber. Most of the shapes of the interior however remain the same.
It also makes more power than the Huracan EVO and the McLaren 12C
So what do you think? Is the GT-R50 worth it or would you rather wait for the next-gen Nissan GT-R? For more automotive news, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.
Know more about Nissan GT-R 2022
The Nissan GT-R 2022 is a high-performance, two-door sports car. It is the sixth model to carry the GT-R moniker, though technically being a spin-off of the Skyline GT-R models that preceded it. Nissan GT-R price Philippines starts at ₱8,900,000 for the entry-level Nissan GT-R Premium 3.8 AWD AT , while the top-of-the-line Nissan GT-R NISMO 3.8 AWD AT is priced at ₱13,200,000
In the Philippine market, the GT-R can be had in two flavors. There’s the GT-R NISMO, and the GT-R Premium. For the prices of these two GT-R variants, one should contact the nearest Nissan dealerships.
Under the hood, both GT-R variants in the local market use a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. On the Premium variant, the said engine can produce up to 562 horsepower and 633 Nm of torque. The NISMO trim is tuned to make more at 600 horsepower and 652 Nm of torque. Both trims then come with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and both have all-wheel-drive.
Size-wise, both trims are 1,895mm wide, and 1,370mm in height. Both also have a wheelbase length of 2,780mm, and a ground clearance of 110mm. In terms of length, the GT-R NISMO is slightly shorter at 4,690mm. In turn, the Premium trim is longer at 4,710mm.
Locally, the Nissan GT-R competes against the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette C8, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Audi R8, and the BMW M5.
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Cesar G.B. Miguel