Nissan has announced the pricing for its collaboration with Italdesign, the GT-R50, at AUD$1.55m. It's opened the order books for the 50 units which are to be built and delivered from 2019.
The project coincides with both the 50th anniversary of the GT-R badge and 50 years of Italdesign, thus the name.
The final design, seen here in blue, seems to have little departures from the concept, aside from minor functional elements like the wing mirrors being slightly larger.
This means we can hope to see these cars, each individualised to its owners’ wishes, on the streets at some point.
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Thanks to a power boost of 88kW, the GT-R50’s twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 makes 529kW/780Nm. The GT-R50 also sports chassis upgrades such as revised Bilstein suspension, and drivetrain improvements to cope with the extra power.
Also recently released is a video which documents Italdesign’s involvement with the project, and shows some of the hand-crafted work which is undertaken by the Italian studio. You’ll want to put English subtitles on if your Italian is a little rusty.
Nissan’s global sports car program director Bob Laishley says he didn’t expect interest in the GT-R50 to reach the heights it has.
"The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations,” he Laishley.
"These 50 cars, which celebrate 50 years of the GT-R as well as 50 years of Italdesign, will be rolling tributes to Nissan’s engineering leadership and rich sports car heritage for a long time to come.”