Nissan has just confirmed that its latest prototype, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign will be heading for the production floors! Set for its global debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Italdesign will build no more than 50 units of the 50th anniversary GT-R.
The ethos behind the GT-R50 was “a car without any restrictions” and combine the GT-R’s 50 years history and Italdesgin’s 50-year heritage. The result is a one of a kind Japanese muscle car dressed in an eye-catching Italian suit.
Started life as a 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo, the GT-R50 has all its exterior panels reworked for greater road presence and function. The roofline is now lowered by 54 mm and the rear three-quarter body panels have been extended and raised for greater visual impact. A set of 21-inch alloys shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres fills up the wheel arches nicely. To top it all off, Italdesign has given it an active rear wing that deploys when additional downforce is needed.
Nissan’s senior vice president of global design, Alfonso Albaisa said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the ideal setting to showcase the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, which combines power and artistry to celebrate 50 years of inspiring the dreams of our customers.”
Nissan is asking for €900,000 (RM4.2 million) per pop before personalisation options and each car will be tailored to each individual customer liking. This means the GT-R50 costs just as much as a McLaren P1 when new.
The GT-R50 by Italdesign retains its supercar killer credentials with 720 hp and 780 Nm at its mercy thanks to a heavily reworked VR38DETT 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6. Drive is deployed onto all four wheels via a reinforced six-speed dual-clutch sequential transmission. Nissan did not reveal key performance figures for this bespoke GT-R but expect a sub-three-second sprint time and a top speed exceeding the 300 km/h mark.
Albaisa added: “Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way – wrapping one of Nissan’s best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding”