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The R35 Nissan GT-R reshaped the world of supercars when it burst onto the scene in 2009. With twin-turbocharging, four-wheel drive and quick-shifting dual-clutch gear, the GT-R would become a model that nearly every car would love. supercars the manufacturer would copy move on to the current decade. Fortunately for the diehards Godzilla fans, you now have the opportunity to own a pristine example of the rarest variant produced during that run: a 2021 Nissan GT-R50.
The GT-R50 first arrived as a concept vehicle in 2018, marking the double 50 anniversaries of the GT-R nameplate, as well as the Italdesign design house prior to 2019. The concept fused the R35’s technical prowess with some influences. design of the time. -past from the auto industry, borrowing heavily from Italy in the process. The concept was received with such excitement that Nissan committed to building a limited series of cars, with production volume officially limited to 50 units. Production slowed as a result of COVID, but automaker closed order books back in july of this year.
This particular example is number 11 in the race, although the listing sellers at Legendary Motor Car claim that only 19 examples were produced. Considering it took so long for the automaker to close order books, demand may never have reached that 50-unit target. Regardless of the true production figures, the car $1,165,000 base price it certainly ensured that only the most fanatical R35 customers would get a chance to own one. That’s a lot of cash, but the work done by both Nissan and Italdesign is extensive and impressive.
Starting under the hood, the GT-R50 includes a modified variant of the familiar VR38DETT 3.8-liter V-6. The upgraded turbos are taken directly from the GT3 racer and are combined with higher flow injectors, larger intercoolers and a modified intake to provide more power. An updated crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods bolster the health of the high-output engine. The end result is 710 hp and 585 pound-feet of torque, significantly more than the 600 hp and 481 pound-feet of the top-of-the-range NISMO. Power is sent to the wheels through a reworked six-speed dual-clutch transmission, while Bilstein adaptive dampers take over suspension duties.
This particular example has also been fitted with the optional hydraulic rear wing, which provides some active aerodynamics for maximum performance on the track. Not that this car has ever seen the track, as it came up for sale with delivery mileage on the clock. The Italdesign bodywork certainly won’t be for everyone, but the shape is much more unique than what you’d normally find on a Nissan product. The paint also has a unique hue, which cost the first owner nearly $30,000 based on factory specs. It looks great with the red NISMO accents, though we hope the initial investment won’t require a significant price increase for prospective buyers.
Legendary Motorcar hasn’t released any pricing information on this particular GT-R, following the old adage about anything that’s a big expense. Either way, here’s hoping the next owner of this modern bodied sports car actually decides to use the thing for its intended purpose.