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Welcome to the GT-R50 - the scorching new Nissan supercar that’s got pulses racing

By Paul Connolly

Nissan has confirmed production of its GT-R50 model, a limited-edition super-car with a price tag just south of £1 million.

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, to give it is full title, will be available for delivery in the New Year.

For now at least, just 50 models will go on sale, priced at £883,000 before taxes and options (meaning you’ll have little or no change from £1 million).

The car is a collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the famous Italian performance car design and enhancement specialists.

Both companies celebrated their 50th anniversaries in 2018, and the GT-R50 was built as a venture to acknowledge and celebrate their histories.

The car is based on the highly-tuned Nismo version of the Nissan GT-R sports car.

The car’s exterior is virtually unchanged from the prototype first shown in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, except that the prototype was grey with gold accents, and the new car will be manufactured to customer specifications (with a blue version used in the official photography).

What buyers get for their money is not just up-rated version of Nissan’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, but a car developed, engineered and built by Italdesign, with assistance from Nissan.

The “distinctive, crisp” exterior and interior designs originated from Nissan Design Europe and Nissan Design America.

Key design features include a pronounced power bulge on the hood, stretched LED headlights, a lowered roofline, and prominent “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels.

A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look

Inside, two different carbon fibre finishes are extensively used across the centre console, instrument panel and door linings.

The seats feature black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment throughout the cockpit.

Underneath the bonnet lurks a hand-assembled 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT engine that produces an estimated 720PS and 780 Nm of torque.

A revised Bilstein suspension damping system and upgraded Brembo braking system help handle the extra power.

"The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations,” said Nissan’s Bob Laishley.

"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.”

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