Nissan collaborates with Italian design house to create commemorative supercar with bespoke styling

The ultra-exclusive GT-R 50 by Italdesign - a collaboration between Nissan and the revered Italian styling house - has entered production in time for customer deliveries later this year. 

The radically styled GT-R 50, of which just 50 will be built, is based on the top-rung Nismo version of Nissan’s flagship supercar and priced from €990,000 (£883,000) before taxes and options. Italdesign says “a significant number of deposits” have already been taken. 

First shown in prototype form in 2018, the model has been designed to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign. It's available in a range of liveries inspired by the most iconic cars to bear the GT-R badge - making it likely that each of the 50 cars will be a bespoke creation. 

The new model 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-R 50 gaining a large, adjustable rear wing not found on Nissan’s mass-produced model. 

Power comes from an uprated version of the GT-R Nismo’s 3.8-litre V6, which has been tuned to produce 710bhp and 575lb ft - up from the 592bhp and 481lb ft of the standard car. 

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 118bhp boost. 

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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 making its dynamic debut at the Tazio Nuvolari Circuit in Italy, 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% operative and can confirm the delivery of the first cars between the end of this year and early 2021, as planned."

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20 May 2020

No.

 

Looks nice though. They should have used this design for, I don't know, the replacement of the car they launched in 2007? That would have been nice.

20 May 2020

 Was just commenting on another article on here about how Lotus might bring nice looking supercars back, well, here is a car ruined by function, it's all ducts and weird body contour,and, in my opinion this makes the GTR even uglier.

20 May 2020

They took an already dated design and made it hideous.  Well done Italdesign! 

Oh, and nearly 1 million euros.  For a Nissan?  Ha! Ha ha ha ha ha.........

20 May 2020

Already dated? Wait... you must be living in 2030?

20 May 2020

It's been around since 2007.  Thirteen years!

It's dated alright.

20 May 2020

absolutely revolting.. The arabs will buy hundreds of them...

20 May 2020
lambo58 wrote:

absolutely revolting.. The arabs will buy hundreds of them...

your safe, we're safe, hopefully they'll get put in a glass cases and gawped at!

20 May 2020

 - it looks like something heavy has landed on the back of the roof!

20 May 2020

that's ugly. The stock car looks much better.

20 May 2020

that's ugly. The stock car looks much better.

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