Limited-edition Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign to be shown at Geneva

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Nissan will produce 50 copies of the GT-R50 by Italdesign for customers | Nissan photos

Among the vehicles on display at the 2019 Nismo Festival this past weekend in Japan was the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. Customer versions of the car will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with deliveries beginning in late 2020, Nissan announced.

The GT-R50 by Italdesign will be a limited-production vehicle with only 50 to be produced.

“Our customers have relished the personalized experience provided by Italdesign, who have a long tradition in the exclusive field of ultra-rare, bespoke high-performance vehicles,” Bob Laishley, global sports car program director at Nissan, was quoted in the automaker’s announcement.

“Their experience with the GT-R50 has been incredible and I can say first-hand that each car will certainly be a standalone masterpiece.”

Nissan and Italdesign worked on the special edition of the Nissan sports coupe as part of the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan vehicle and the Italian design studio. The concept version was unveiled in June 2018.

“Designers dream of creating from a blank canvas, but with GT-R, it is a canvas that has been shaped by an adventurous history, a heart powered by NISMO, and a soul reflecting 50 years of dreams of engineers, designers, artisans, developers, racers and leaders,” noted Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s global head of design. 

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“The best of Japan and Italy combined with help from our California and London studios are painting on the best canvas any designer can possibly have.”

Each of the Italdesign cars will be powered by a hand-built, Nismo-tuned 720-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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