The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign will enter limited production next year after stunning crowds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. The coachbuilt GT-R50 was originally designed to celebrate the GT-R nameplate’s 50th anniversary, but thanks to hundreds of expressions of interest, a limited-build run of 50 units will be built over the next two years.
The GT-R50 prototype will be brought into production ‘virtually unchanged’ according to Nissan. The initial design penned at Nissan’s San Diego design studio, with the UK operation then taking over for the specific prototype. Italdesign’s input comes into focus in the production of such a limited model, following through the production engineering and customer specification journey, before production is completed at the company’s manufacturing facility in Turin, Italy.
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The GT-R50 will be built on the same underpinnings as the standard GT-R, and features a Nismo-tuned version of the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 engine. Nissan is quoting a 710bhp power figure, achieved by replacing the standard GT-R’s turbos for two GT3 competition-spec units, larger intercoolers, a heavy duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings. To handle the extra power, Nissan has also reinforced the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with stronger driveshafts and differentials delivering that power to all four wheels.
Nissan has also revised the suspension tune, with new Bilstein continuously variable dampers supporting larger 21-inch wheels and tyres.
The prototype was revealed in a matte grey exterior finish with gold accents, but customers will be able to specify their cars in whichever colour and trim combinations they wish, including the bespoke interior finishes, befitting its near-million euro price tag.
The GT-R50 will be put into production next year, with cars reaching customers from 2019. It’ll come at a cost though, with each car starting at €990,000 each, plus options, taxes and any further homologation costs required depending on the market it will head to.