Here’s What I think of the Nissan GT-R50

The Nissan GT-R50 is a wonderful blend of Japanese engineering and Italian coach building. But is it worth $1.2M?

The Nissan GT-R to me has always been in a category of its own. If you were to only hear the name Nissan GT-R and look at the spec sheet and performance numbers, you’d have an image of a supercar. A low, two door coupe, maybe mid engined with massive side intakes.

But to me, the Nissan GT-R is a pretty conservative design. You wouldn’t know what it’s capable of by just looking at it. The proportions are more those of a regular sport coupe than a supercar.

To me, this is what makes the Nissan GT-R special.

In this video, we’re going to explore the design of the Nissan GT-R50. Both the concept from last year and the recently presented production version. I’m also going to show you my re-designs of the concept I did earlier this year and talk about the changes made.

Nissan says it expects the first customer deliveries to begin late 2020. Nissan says it has taken “a significant number of deposits”, but there are a “limited number of reservations still available”. If you’re interested in one and have $1.2 million to spare, you might want to give Italdesign a call so you can start to spec yours.

Nissan says the Italdesign GT-R50 certainly isn’t the next Nissan GT-R, but you’d have to wonder given the company’s history.

Over the past few years, Nissan’s GT-R concepts haven’t been too far from the production car that followed. The Nissan GT-R50 could continue the trend.

However, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design added: ‘Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way – wrapping one of Nissan’s best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding.’

The car is a celebration of two 50 year anniversaries – those of Italdesign and Nissan. Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The interior and exterior looks were created by Nissan’s design teams in Europe and America.

Under the hood the Nissan GT-R50 is powered by a hand-built version of the company’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 which has been tuned by Nismo to deliver 710hp and 575 lb ft of torque. This is a sizeable step up from the GT-R Nismo’s 600hp / 481 lb ft torque.

As you’d expect, the interior of the car is a heavy mix of Alcantara, leather and carbon fiber – with the exterior color sneaking into a few interior details.

Let’s talk about the design. This has to be one of the cars that changed the least going from concept to production. When I first saw the Italdesign concept, I honestly wasn’t a big fan.

Talking about the front, I felt the big, thick frame around the mouth was too imposing. It took up too much graphical space and it definitely didn’t help that it was in a contrasting gold color from the rest of the body.

I made a re-design of the front earlier this year talking about all the details and design features I wanted changed on the front of the GT-R50. The focus of the redesign was to break up the front end golden frame and not have it be such a major graphical element of the front.

With the rear, the intention was to give it some structure and edges. To me, the rear was a bigger issue than the front. Almost reminded me of the 1990s melted cheese design language and a GT-R is everything but melted cheese. It’s a sharp samurai sword.

What are your thoughts on the Nissan GT-R50? Is it worth paying $1.2 million dollars for what is essentially a modified Nismo GT-R? Let me know in the comments below.

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