Sunday, October 21, 2018

GT-R50 by Italdesign

Yesterday I took advantage of a day off to head towards Ginza and check out the now famous GT-R50 by Italdesign.

Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the car we all love, this one-off (at least for now) made its debut in front of the Japanese audience a few weeks ago during the Morning Cruise event at Daikanyama.

It surely has presence and, beside a new carbon fiber skin, it packs boosted performances thanks to new turbos straight off the GT3 racer as well as other engine upgrades. When it’s all said and done it boasts 110ps more over the “normal” GT-R Nismo.

Italdesign and Nissan are considering the idea of actually build 50 tailor-made models with a sticker price of $1,000,000.

Personally I am not too fond of the design: just my very personal and unimportant opinion, but the lines and colors - while interesting from certain angles - just don’t do it for me. 

Regardless, Nissan made it clear that this is not a preview of what’s to come for the next GT-R, but rather a design project to celebrate the occasion - and what an occasion it is. Think about it for a second: prestigious design and engineering teams in US and Europe get together to re-design and celebrate an iconic Japanese sports car; if anything this is a testament of the global phenom that the GT-R has become and its incredible reach to a truly global audience.

What’s really, truly bonkers however is not the GT-R50, but the limited edition Grand Seiko wristwatch that the Japanese maker will release in just 3 production models: with a starting price of ¥20,000,000 it costs more than a brand new GT-R Nismo!

The GT-R50 will be on display at Nissan Crossing until November 25th, an unique occasion to see it in pair with the Vision GT 2020 concept located on the second floor. 

Definitely worth a visit if you are in Tokyo.

In other news, the iconic Tsukiji Fish Market (just minutes away from Ginza) has closed and been relocated after over 80 years of activity.

Luckily most of the local sushi shops are still alive and healthy, so I decided to pay a visit and enjoy some of the best local food Tokyo has to offer.

Sushi is often regarded as the very high-end and most sophisticated part of Japanese cuisine, but it doesn’t have to be always pretentious and expensive.

Those little shops are fun and serve generously portioned food while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere.

Until next time.

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