Back in June 2018, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign prototype was revealed, before the two firms hinted a few weeks later that an “extremely limited run of hand-built” examples would be produced.
Now the Japanese automaker has confirmed the production design of the GT-R50 by Italdesign and officially opened the order books for the 50-unit run. The starting price for each? Some €990 000 (that’s about R15,8-million) … before taxes and options.
Deliveries will begin in 2019 and will continue through 2020.
Nissan teamed up with the Turin-based design firm to create the model (based on the GT-R Nismo), in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of both GT-R and Italdesign.
While the prototype was finished in a grey with gold accents, Nissan says customers will be able to specify their preferred colour combinations for the production model. They will furthermore be able to choose from various interior colours and packages.
"The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations,” said Bob Laishley, global sports car programme director at Nissan.
"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.”
The prototype employed Nissan’s familiar 3,8-litre V6 engine under the bonnet, but tweaked to deliver an “estimated” 530 kW and 780 N.m.
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