GOLDEN LIN­ING

Con­cept dream and pro­duc­tion re­al­ity; the GT-R50 and 600LT share a golden vein

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

Race-bred brawn

Be­neath its shapely shell lies a hand-as­sem­bled ver­sion of the firm’s 3,8-litre VR38DETT V6 tur­bopetrol en­gine draw­ing on engi­neer­ing know-how from Nis­san’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in GT3 rac­ing. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions such as GT3 com­pe­ti­tion-spec tur­bos, in­creased ca­pac­i­ties for both air fil­ters and fuel in­jec­tion help ex­tract 530 kw and 780 N.m.

Four on the Floor

As in the Nismo GT-R, the GT-R50 utilises a high-per­for­mance AWD sys­tem that, al­lied with a re­in­forced six-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion and stronger dif­fer­en­tials and driv­e­lines, sends drive to all four cor­ners.

Stop and Shock

A mighty brak­ing sys­tem com­pris­ing six-pis­ton front and four-pis­ton rear Brem­bos are tasked with bring­ing the whole shooting match to a halt, while a be­spoke Bil­stein Dam­pTronic suspension setup con­tin­u­ally ad­justs to road sur­face con­di­tions.

the mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion

Ac­cord­ing the Nis­san, this first col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Ja­panese auto gi­ant and famed design agency Italde­sign isn’t a show­case for the next GT-R but rather an ex­pres­sion of a Nis­san sport­scar “built with­out lim­its”. It has, how­ever, emerged that a groundswell in con­sumer in­ter­est has brought Nis­san around to se­ri­ously con­sider a lim­ited pro­duc­tion run, al­beit with the po­ten­tial ask­ing price of $1,0 mil­lion (±R13,0 mil­lion) a pop.

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