- GT-R50 by Italdesign limited to 50 units
- Powered by a 720hp iteration of the Nissan GT-R’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6
- Deliveries of the model to begin in early 2021
The ultra-exclusive GT-R50 by Italdesign – a collaboration between Nissan and the revered Italian styling house – has been revealed in production spec. First shown in prototype form in 2018, the GT-R50 celebrates the 50th anniversaries of both, the GT-R and Italdesign.
The radically styled model, limited to just 50 units, is based on the top-rung Nismo version of Nissan’s flagship supercar and is priced from €990,000 (Rs 8.23 crore, approximately) before options. Italdesign says “a significant number of deposits” have already been taken. Deliveries will start early next year.
The new GT-R50 by Italdesign is longer, wider and lower to the ground than the standard car, while its roofline has been lowered by 54mm. Elsewhere, Italdesign has exaggerated and aerodynamically improved some of the GT-R’s trademark features, with the GT-R50 gaining a large, adjustable rear wing not found on Nissan’s mass-produced model. Buyers can also choose from a range of liveries inspired by the most iconic cars to bear the GT-R badge, making it possible that each of the 50 cars will be a bespoke creation.
Power comes from an uprated version of the GT-R Nismo’s 3.8-litre V6, which has been tuned to produce 720hp and 780Nm of torque - up from the 600hp and 652Nm of the standard GT-R.
Modifications include the addition of race-spec turbochargers and a larger intercooler, while the crankshaft, pistons, bearings, conrods and exhaust system have all been re-engineered to bring about the jump in output figures.
Italdesign had planned to show the production-spec car at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, but following that event’s cancellation, it was shown for the first time at the Tazio Nuvolari Circuit in Italy, which is where the firm conducts dynamic tests necessary for vehicle type approval.
Italdesign CEO Jörg Astalosch said: “This is a very special day after extremely difficult weeks for everyone. After we had to renounce the world premiere at the Geneva motor show, and after the partial stop of our production activities due to COVID-19, in early May we returned 100 percent operative and can confirm the delivery of the first cars between the end of this year and early 2021, as planned."