Nissan and ItalDesign confirm GTR-50
Nissan and ItalDesign have unveiled the upcoming production version of the lavish and limited GT-R50.
Based on the Nissan GT-R Nismo and enhanced visually by the Turin, Italy-based company, the GT-R50 commemorates 50 years of both the GT-R - launched in 1969 - and Italdesign, which began operations in 1968.
Limited in production, just 50 examples of the Japanese supercar will be customised by buyers and hand built by the coachbuilder at its headquarters in Europe.
The design remains nearly identical to the concept car unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year, shown in different a blue and gold colour scheme that will be one of any number of combinations buyers can choose. Further enhancements can be made inside though no further details have been revealed.
Running the same drivetrain as the GT-R Nismo, the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 is equipped with larger turbos from the GT3 version of the car with forged pistons, more aggressive cams and bigger intercoolers to produce 530kW and 780Nm through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The brakes are also upgraded to six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembos while active Bilstein dampers and strengthened diffs and axles lurk underneath.
More exclusive and exotic than any normal Godzilla, the GT-R50 also commands a posh price tag that hits over $1.5 million. Despite the staggering cost, potential customers have “greatly exceeded our expectations” according to Nissan global sports car program director, Bob Laishley.
"The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations," he said.
"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.”
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…