Italdesign, Nissan showcase GT-R 50 supercar

Only 50 will be produced, sold for around $1.1 million each

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Only 50 Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign cars will be produced, each dedicated to one of the 50 years of GT-R production | Italdesign photo

Italdesign and Nissan plan to begin delivery of the first of 50 units of the Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign supercar by the end of this year, the companies announced this week from the Tazio Nuvolari racing circuit in Cervesina, Italy, where the vehicle has been undergoing development testing.

Only 50 cars will be produced — each priced at around $1.1 million. Each car will be designed to highlight one year of the 50 years of Nissan GT-R production, as well as the 50 years of Italdesign. 

One part of the plan is for the cars to have liveries based on those made famous during the half-century of GT-R production.

“The Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign is the result of the collaboration with the Japanese car manufacturer that began in 2018 with the creation of the prototype of the same name,” Italdesign noted in its news release. 

“The success achieved in the months following the presentation of the project drove Nissan and Italdesign to decide to launch production of the road version in a limited series of 50 units. The first vehicles will be delivered to customers in late 2020 and early 2021. 

“This is a very special day,” said Jörg Astalosch, Italdesign chief executive, “after extremely difficult weeks for everyone. 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 percent operative and can confirm the delivery of the first cars between the end of this year and early 2021, as planned. 

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“It is no coincidence that we presented the car from the ‘Tazio Nuvolari’ circuit: it is where we routinely process all dynamic tests necessary for vehicles type approval for the different markets and we are about to conclude the ones for our GT-R 50.”

The GT-R 50 by Italdesign will be powered by a Nismo-tuned 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 720 horsepower. 

“Customer demand for the production version of the car is strong, with a significant number of deposits already taken, and customers across the globe are in the process of selecting personal specifications for their vehicles, customers will be able to choose a livery inspired to the GT-Rs that made the history of the brand,” Italdesign added. 

“That will make the already limited car — of which only 50 will be produced — even more attractive to collectors. A limited number of reservations for the remaining models are still available.”

For more information, visit the GT-R50 by Italdesign website.

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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 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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