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This Nissan GT-R50 Test Car is Tokyo's latest must-see attraction

Karaoke booths, owl cafes, 'grown-up shops'... and now this, a GT-R test mule

Published: 18 Jan 2021

Likely to find yourself in Tokyo between now and the end of March 2021? First, we’d love to know how. Second, we’ve a ‘thing to do’ that isn’t nestled among the shrines and Pachinko arcades on TripAdvisor’s list: go and look at this marvellously Storm Trooper Nissan GT-R.

It’s one of the test mules of the elaborately styled GT-R50 by Italdesign, and for the next few months it’s being displayed at Nissan Crossing in Tokyo’s Ginza area, just down the street from a police car museum. It’s a whole day out…

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Camouflaged or unpainted test mules – specifically of exotic cars – can be cooler than the real thing. Is it just us who wants the Ferrari Enzo test mule more than an actual Enzo?

Whether that’s the case here, we’ll leave up to you. The production spec GT-R50 is quite a bold device, its classier colour schemes and more elaborate styling a strong deviation from the regular Nissan. Whereas this black ‘n’ white Test Car appears to have snuck down for the day from that police museum. It looks a bit more up for a trackday.

That's probably because it was flogged mercilessly on circuit, to verify chassis rigidity and durability, while it also served as a testing rig for the GT-R50’s copious carbon parts and swish rear wing. And just so happened to look fantastic as it did so. Is this how you’d want to spec your 710bhp Italdesign special?

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