It’s rare for a production car to end up looking better than its concept, but in the case of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – a collaboration between Nissan and Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign – it would appear that the transition to final production has made it easier for the GT-R Nismo-based supercar to justify its million-dollar price tag, more precisely €990,000.
While still recognisably a GT-R, particularly in profile and silhouette, key visual details such as its sword-like rear wing, distinctive oval tail lamps set against a recessed surface and low-slung, tapered front end now stand out more prominently. Nissan’s design chief Alfonso Albaisa calls it ‘the best of Japan and Italy combined’, and truth be told, the GT-R50 does exude Italian supercar vibes from certain angles.
Originally unveiled in June 2018 to commemorate the 50-year existence of the GT-R and Italdesign, Nissan says that the demand for the GT-R50 has been strong, with only a ‘limited number of reservations’ left. Since only 50 will be produced, it goes without saying that there are limited slots left, bottom line is that you can still book one if you fancy the ultimate GT-R.
Even if you lay down the deposit for the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6-powered GT-R50 today, the 720 hp and 780 Nm supercar would only begin deliveries starting late 2020, extending into 2021. By which time, the GT-R would have already turned 14!
Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign image gallery