This Video is Proof That Nissan Should Have Built the R390 GT1 Supercar

The only road-legal example of this GT car grabbed all the attention it needed at Villa d’Este

The R390 GT1 prototype seen in the video is the only specimen made for road use, before the development of the proper race cars. This Nissan supercar is one of the rarest cars in the world, but Nissan was initially planning to build a road-going car before the 1997 Le Mans entry. This right-hand-drive configured supercar was spotted in Italy for the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este show in May 2022.

From the looks, the Nissan R390 GT1 was a proper supercar. It measured 180.3 inches long, 78.7 inches wide, and had a wheelbase that measured 107.1 inches. If this beautiful supercar made it to mass production, it would have had a price tag of around $1 million. The 1998 version of the R390 GT1, which you have just witnessed in the video, has a longer tail and a huge spoiler in the rear. The headlight design was borrowed from the legendary 300ZX, and even now the front end looks stunning. The ride height of the R390 GT1 was unbelievably low for public road driving, but that was not a problem since only one made it to the roads. Thanks to Ian Callum and Tony Southgate, who designed this supercar, but we couldn’t resist comparing it to the Jaguar XJ15, a similar-looking GT car introduced in the early 1990s.

This Video is Proof That Nissan Should Have Built the R390 GT1 Supercar
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The R390 GT1 was introduced with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produced 550 ponies and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine was co-developed with Tom Walkinshaw Racing and is still a gem. The exhaust pipes are carefully hidden under the body and only the tips are visible from the sides. Shifting duties were handled by a six-speed sequential gearbox. Nissan was bold enough to claim 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, a standing quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds, and a top speed of 220 miles per hour. The numbers seem to be realistic since the R390 GT1 weighs just 2,421 pounds.

This Video is Proof That Nissan Should Have Built the R390 GT1 Supercar
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The video showcases how beautiful the V-8 sounds, and we’d recommend that you use a pair of headphones to have a more immersive experience, even when the supercar is idle.

Amreetam Basu
Amreetam Basu
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After working predominantly as a freelancer at CarHP/CarIndigo, Amreetam joined the TopSpeed team as a journalist in September 2021. In a world where SUVs are booming, he favors sedans and adores BMWs and Mercedes, with a special spot for Lexus and Genesis. He is currently pursuing Master of Arts in History and is 23 years old.  Read full bio
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