A few months ago we brought you a story of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. You can find our original story by clicking this link. The bespoke model was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-R as well as design house Italdesign. At the time we were quite sure that the stunning model would remain a show car, and nothing more. Well, we are quite happy to be proven wrong. A Nissan GT-R50 production version has just been confirmed.
Public response has been so favourable that the stunning vehicle is going into production… albeit in very limited numbers.
An expensive toy
Nissan has confirmed that 50 units of a production version of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign will be made. The price for this exclusivity? A shade under one million euros, or R16 million, before import duties and taxes. Nissan says the car’s exterior is virtually unchanged from the prototype first shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Unlike that prototype, which was finished in a special grey with gold accents, customers will be able to specify their preferred colour combinations for their exclusive GT-R, and choose their own interior treatment.
The differences between a regular GT-R and this special edition version aren’t just cosmetic. The Nissan Nismo GT-R50 is based on the track-biased, more powerful Nismo-tuned GT-R R35.
The automaker’s in-house tuning arm has massaged the motor for even more grunt. Power from the 3,8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 is now rated as 530 kW with 780 N.m of torque. Helping deal with excess power is a reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle, stronger differentials and drive shafts.
In his own words
“The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations,” said Bob Laishley, global sports car program director at Nissan. “These 50 cars, which celebrate 50 years of the GT-R as well as 50 years of Italdesign, will be rolling tributes to Nissan’s engineering leadership and rich sports car heritage for a long time to come.”
If you’re keen to own a GT-R50 visit www.GT-R50.nissan Lucky owners will start taking delivery in 2019 and will continue through 2020.