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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

Nissan GT-R celebrates 50th anniversary with striking special edition – in pictures

'Godzilla' gets a great going-over as GT-R50 and goes to Goodwood

The Nissan GT-R50, a special edition to celebrate the model's 50th anniversary, made its public debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

The 720bhp car began life about a year ago as a concept and will now become a limited-edition road-going model of no more than 50 units that will cost an estimated €900,000 (Dh3.9 million) each.

The collaboration between the Japanese carmaker and Italdesign celebrates 50 years of the GT-R name (originally as the Skyline GT-R), which will be marked next year, and the Italian design company's half-century in existence this year.

The GT-R50 is based on the current GT-R Nismo, with Italdesign aiming to give the Japanese car, nicknamed "Godzilla", a "European-style sensibility".

Modifications include a bonnet "power bulge", stretched LED headlights, a lowered roofline and “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels, plus a large adjustable rear wing.

An upgraded version of the 3.8-litre V6 engine means that the new model is more than 100bhp up on the existing GT-R, with better suspension and brakes to handle the improvements.

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