Two years after the introduction of the original prototype vehicle at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign was finally shown-off in production guise at the Tazio Nuvolari circuit in Cervesina, Italy.
Designed to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of both the GT-R nameplate and the revered Italian design house, only 50 units of the million-dollar (€990,000) will be built. The GT-R50 will be finished with liveries inspired by the most successful race cars to carry the GT-R nameplate, likely making all 50 units to be completely bespoke.
Based on the Nismo version of the Nissan GT-R, Italdesign has almost completely overhauled the exterior look of the GT-R. While the overall silhouette and signature elements such as the twin round taillights are still present, the Italian design firm has added significant styling touches with heavy use of design elements you’d only imagine to see on an Italian supercar.
Under the hood, the GT-R50 gets an uprated version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, hand-built to produce 720 hp and 780 Nm – up from 600 hp and 652 Nm from the original Nismo car. Other additions to the car include a adjustable rear wing that is not available on the normal production car.
Italdesign has originally planned to show the car in production guise during the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. However, with the show cancelled due to the ongoing health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Italdesign moved the launch more than two months later, to the race track where the team carried out all of the dynamic tests required in the development of the car.
Italdesign CEO, Jörg Astalosch said in a statement, “After we had to renounce to 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 have returned 100% operative and can confirm the delivery of the first cars between the end of this year and early 2021, as planned.”
If you happen to be a billionaire who – for some reason – have not yet placed a booking for the 50-unit ultra-exclusive work of art disguised as a supercar, you’re in luck because although “a significant number of deposits” have already been taken, there are still a handful of units still available.