The radical looking Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is actually heading to production, with Nissan today confirming a limited production run of 50 units.
Nissan debuted the coachbuilt R35 GT-R this summer ahead of the car’s public appearance at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The vehicle was designed by Nissan and Italdesign together and will be hand built by the Italian design and engineering company at its headquarters in Turin, Italy.
“The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations,” Nissan’s sports car boss, Bob Laishley, said in a statement. “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.”
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The GTR-50 by Italdesign is based on the R35 GT-R Nismo. Its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine has been boosted to 710 hp, up 110 hp from the standard vehicle’s 600 hp. Nissan has yet to provide performance stats on the GT-R50, but you can bet it will be a good bit faster than a standard GT-R Nismo.
The interior also gets a slight rework in the way of new carbon fiber bucket seats, gold trim and a red tachometer, among more.
The GT-R50 by Italdesign will sell for 999,000 euros a piece, equivalent to just over $1.1 million USD. Nissan says interested customers can begin the buying process by visiting its dedicated GT-R50 website and configuring their own car. Deliveries are expected to begin next year will continue into 2020.
We imagine the GT-R50 by Italdesign is Nissan’s way of bidding farewell to the R35 GT-R, which has been in production since 2008. The automaker has stayed tight-lipped with regards to a next-generation version of the legendary nameplate, though, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the Japanese automaker has in store for GT-R fans in coming years.
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