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by Michael Hines
These one-offs and special editions require a deep pocketbook and some serious connections.
The Nissan GT-R
is known as an affordable (relatively speaking) supercar killer. The highest priced GT-R tops out at $106,320. That being said, there are a handful of Godzillas out there that are both ultra-rare and incredibly expensive. These one-offs and special editions are designed specifically for the wealthiest of the wealthiest. If you're interested in seeing what type of GT-Rs the 1 percent drive, then continue reading ahead. Warning: be prepared to wish you were part of that 1 percent even more.
teamed up with Usain Bolt to create a one-of-a-kind GT-R for charity. What makes this Godzilla so special is its special gold paint, and the fact that Bolt signed the hood. Instead of bringing the GT-R to the Olympics to taunt lesser athletes, Bolt and Nissan auctioned it off on eBay to raise money for charity.
The Nissan GT-R VVIP is a Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar) exclusive designed for the wealthiest sheiks and oil barons. The $266,000 Godzilla features gold-covered rims, a golden grille and a gold VVIP badge. The GT-R's engine is stock, although ceramic brakes, a titanium exhaust and 12 different leather options are included.
Vilner built a one-off GT-R inspired by the Chinese Year of the Dragon. The custom job sports a matte white wrap, but the real action is located on the inside. The interior is lined with black Alcantara and black leather, with red dragons tattooed onto the cabin roof and the trunk lid. Vilner claims that an exhaust swap pushed the GT-R's horsepower from 440 to 530, but that jump seems debatable at best.
Nissan made a GT3-spec GT-R available to the public earlier this year. The race-ready GT-R sports a fully adjustable suspension, stripped interior with roll cage, extra cooling ducts and a fierce aero kit. The GT-R sports a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 pushing 523hp (to comply with GT3 regulations) and sells for $390,000.