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Video: The Nissan GT-R50 makes a big first impression at Goodwood

Video: The Nissan GT-R50 makes...
Nissan GT-R50
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The GT-R50 includes "energetic sigma gold" accents all around
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The GT-R50 includes "energetic sigma gold" accents all around
The GT-R50 rides on 21-in wheels
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The GT-R50 rides on 21-in wheels
The GT-R50 gets a more 3-dimensional taillight design
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The GT-R50 gets a more 3-dimensional taillight design
The GT-R50 gets a more 3-dimensional taillight design
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The GT-R50 gets a more 3-dimensional taillight design
The GT-R50 includes a lot of that gold paint at the rear
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The GT-R50 includes a lot of that gold paint at the rear
Nissan and Italdesign worked together for the first time to develop the GT-R50
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Nissan and Italdesign worked together for the first time to develop the GT-R50
The Nissan GT-R50 celebrates 50 years of Italdesign and 50 years of the GT-R
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The Nissan GT-R50 celebrates 50 years of Italdesign and 50 years of the GT-R
The updated interior of the GT-R50
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The updated interior of the GT-R50
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Inside the Nissan GT-R50
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Inside the Nissan GT-R50
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Nissan GT-R50
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Nissan GT-R50
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Nissan and Italdesign may offer a very limited number of GT-R50 models for sale
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Nissan and Italdesign may offer a very limited number of GT-R50 models for sale
With an upgraded 710-hp twin-turbo V6, the GT-R50 brings plenty of power and speed to the Festival of Speed
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With an upgraded 710-hp twin-turbo V6, the GT-R50 brings plenty of power and speed to the Festival of Speed
Uncovering the all-new GT-R50
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Uncovering the all-new GT-R50
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The GT-R50 features larger "samurai blade" air outlets behind the front wheels
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The GT-R50 features larger "samurai blade" air outlets behind the front wheels
The GT-R50 has an intense adjustable rear wing
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The GT-R50 has an intense adjustable rear wing
A closer look at the GT-R50's unique taillights and wing construction
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A closer look at the GT-R50's unique taillights and wing construction
The GT-R50 speeds forward at the Festival of Speed
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The GT-R50 speeds forward at the Festival of Speed
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Nissan's Nismo branch employs GT3-derived turbochargers in helping the GT-R50 put out more than 100 hp above and beyond the GT-R Nismo
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Nissan's Nismo branch employs GT3-derived turbochargers in helping the GT-R50 put out more than 100 hp above and beyond the GT-R Nismo

After releasing some poorly-lit preview pictures with consecutive GT-R50 announcements, Nissan revealed the car in full at the weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. As expected, the striking anniversary-edition GT-R developed in collaboration with Italdesign makes quite a memorable impression when swimming in the full light of day.

We previously looked through all the fast, ferocious vehicles from Goodwood 2018, but we figure the GT-R50 deserves its own spotlight given how much hype was behind the car leading into Goodwood. As we previously reported, the new car was designed by Nissan and engineered and built by Italdesign. It celebrates this year's 50th anniversary of Italdesign and 2019's 50th anniversary of the GT-R.

As compared to production GT-R models, the GT-R50 features tweaked dimensions, a striking gold-injected look, a big adjustable rear wing, upgraded suspension and braking systems, and a 710-hp twin-turbo V6 engine. The car's gold contrast accents don't look quite as shimmery and metallic in the raw as they did in the preview pictures, but it's a visually impactful design, nonetheless.

The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Nissan GT-R50 makes its official debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nissan and Italdesign are mulling the idea of selling up to 50 custom-built models, and they think they'll be able to fetch US$1 million for each one.

The one-minute video clip below shows the GT-R50's rumbling Goodwood debut, and the longer second clip dives into the design process behind it.

Source: Nissan

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2 comments
McDesign
In the same way a BMW i8 looks like it's excreting a smaller car of a different color, this one looks like it's swallowing a car of a different color.
owlbeyou
Overall this design rocks. Many tasteful sculpts here and there, but there's no such thing as a perfect design. My main beef is the tail end. Too much gold, and the taillights look like four circles with a void inside them when viewed from behind. The front end is unique. The wheels complement with the side profile. The rear spoiler is not simple with that mechanism but the little curves fashioned for the tail lamps and its organic shape work nicely, as does the two-tone paint scheme. I give it a 8.5! Which is pretty good from me, but I still don't care for Nissan. : )