Back in 2018, Nissan and Italdesign teamed up to create the futuristic-looking GT-R50. At the time it was revealed, it was merely a concept car built to celebrate both the GT-R and the Italian design firm’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Italdesign was founded by legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.
While many thought that the Italdesign GT-R would be just a concept, Nissan quickly quashed that notion: they said it was to become a production model and that they'll sell it for USD 1.1 million (more or less).
Now, nearly two years on since it first debuted, the production version of the GT-R50 by Italdesign is out... and not much has changed, thankfully.
From concept to production, the design of the GT-R50 by Italdesign appears mostly unchanged. It still features the same futuristic design that makes it look like something straight off the drawing board -- from the floating quad taillights to the unique front headlight design. Props to Nissan for retaining the styling as it plays a big part in limited-run supercar’s appeal.
Underneath the Italian styling, the car is based on a Nissan GT-R NISMO. While the standard GT-R NISMO already produces 600 horsepower, Nissan has tinkered with the GT-R50’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 even more. Bigger GT3-spec turbos have been fitted together with other engine upgrades. As a result, power has been bumped to 710 horsepower. The brakes and transmission have also upgraded to handle the bump in power.
Customers who purchase one of these Italian-designed GT-Rs can configure their cars to their liking as most of the visual parts are customizable. They can even choose a number of heritage liveries if they want to. At the moment, these liveries have yet to be shown to the public. Though we suspect there will be a blue Calsonic inspired one in the mix.
Only 50 units of the GT-R50 by Italdesign will be built. Despite its limited run, Nissan says not all of the slots have been filled just yet. Exactly how many are still available? We don’t know. So if you plan on adding one to your collection, you still have the time to do.
Now that the GT-R50 has been officially released, it might not be long before we see concept sketches of the next-generation GT-R released. Or, it might take awhile considering Nissan is not in the best position, financially at least, to be building sports cars at the moment.