Final track testing for the limited-edition Nissan GT-R50 is now complete.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT-R, Nissan collaborated with famed Italian styling house Italdesign to create the sensational GT-R50. It serves as a joint celebration, as Italdesign also turned 50 in 2018. Based on the Nissan GT-R Nismo, the GT-R50 is limited to just 50 units to commemorate the two anniversaries.
Two years after the prototype was unveiled back in 2018, those lucky 50 customers will soon be getting behind the wheel of the stunning sports car. Six months after the production car's debut at the Tazio Nuvolari circuit in Cervesina, Italy, the GT-R50 has completed final track testing ahead of customer deliveries.
In a social media post, Italdesign says the GT-R50 "is ready to take off" after its final test and is "heading to the airport for its first intercontinental trip to Tokyo. Fancy to know what's going to happen? Stay tuned."
Is Italdesign hinting the first customer car will be presented in Tokyo early next year? We'll have to wait and see.
Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, the update suggests customer deliveries for the GT-R50 won't suffer any significant delays. After it entered production back in May, Nissan confirmed that customer deliveries for the GT-R50 will begin in late 2020 and early 2021.
From every angle, the GT-R50 is an absolute stunner. The current GT-R is over ten years old, but Italdesign's new take modernizes the Japanese sports car with slimmer headlights featuring horizontal LED DRLs, wider fenders, a lower roof, and a more striking rear end incorporating a new exhaust system.
Under the hood, the GT-R50 is powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 as the Nismo, uprated to 710 horsepower - that's 110 more horses than the Nismo GT-R.
All these styling and performance enhancements come at a premium price, however, because the limited-edition GT-R50 costs an eye-watering $1.2 million.