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July 18, 2018

By: Jonathan

CARS

‘Ultra-Limited’ GT-R Anniversary Edition Announced [Updated W/ Price!]

The Nissan GT-R is an oddity in the car world, yet there is nothing odd about it per se, but rather it’s the public perception. Nissan for most equals reliability, not performance and affordable, not six-figures, but the Nissan GTR is an incredibly performing and relatively speaking, affordable car. This is why news of “ultra-limited” GT-R has wet my whistle.

Based on the high-end 2018 GT-R NISMO this prototype will be a 50th anniversary edition designed in conjunction with Italiadesign, who also is celebrating 50 years. The tribute will feature a hand-assembled 710hp engine with 575lb.-ft. of torque inspired by the manufacturer’s GT3 racing program.

Other changes to the drivability of the car include, via Nissan:

Changes to the power plant include optimized twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels.

A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic® I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine’s power.

Update: Let’s get some things out of the way early here: the GT-R is a kickass car, this one looks to be a kickass car, certain limited run cars are cool, certain high-dollar cars are cool. And with that out of the way let’s present to you the over ONE-MILLION DOLLAR GT-R50!

The current high end GT-R has an MSRP of $175,490 so let’s be generous and say $200,000. That makes the GT-R50 OVER five times the price. Assuming the extra power and cosmetic upgrades are worth $800,000 is a big assumption which puts a lot of the value then in the limited production numbers. As we all know that can be reason enough, but I don’t believe the name carries the gravitas nor the styling different enough to attribute that much value to the limited numbers either.

Will they sell? Yes. Will they sell a second time? Yes, but the question will be for how much.

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