A year ago we reported that a 50-vehicle limited run production design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign had been confirmed by Nissan. Well, a year later, we are happy to report that the very first customer model will be going on display at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year, before deliveries of the car begin towards the end of 2020.
In the meantime, a prototype model will be on display in various locations around Japan. For example, last Sunday it was at the 2019 NISMO Festival. The car will also be on display at Nissan Crossing in Tokyo’s Ginza district this month and then at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January 2020.
There has been considerable interest and demand for the GT-R50 By Italdesign from customers around the world. The production run will still be a limited to 50 cars, making it extremely appealing to collectors and enthusiast alike. Although a number of deposits have already been taken, there are still a small number of these limited-edition cars available.
Bob Laishley, who is global sports car program director at Nissan said: “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. Their experience with the GT-R50 has been incredible and I can say first-hand that each car will certainly be a standalone masterpiece.”
While Alfonso Albaisa, who is Nissan’s senior vice president of global design, commented: “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. 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!”
Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign on the project to create this exclusive model which is based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO, in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018.
These few lucky customers can expect to get behind the wheel of their personalised Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, which is powered by a NISMO-tuned 720 PS hand-built 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6, sometime towards the end of 2020 and the end of 2021, depending on how long certification and homologation takes in all relevant markets.
If you happen to be interested in your own personalised GT-R50 by Italdesign, you can find out more by visiting www.GT-R50.nissan. However, if you live in Japan, you can purchase a GT-R50 by Italdesign through SCI Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of VT Holdings, which has been appointed official importer and distributor for the country.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Images courtesy of Nissan Motor Co