At £81,995, the 2019 GT-R Nismo is by far the most expensive new Nissan money can buy. Or is it? First shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the GT R-50 by Italdesign has been confirmed for production with an eye-watering starting price of €990,000 before taxes and options. Nissan hasn’t announced pricing and/or availability for the U.K. market, but if we were to convert nearly one million euros to GBP, the supercar’s starting price would have to be a hefty £880,000.
Developed to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R and Italdesign, the ultra-exclusive GT-R50 will be limited to strictly 50 cars. Nissan is already accepting orders from deep-pocketed buyers and will start customer deliveries in 2019. Converting a GT-R Nismo to the R50 specification will take some time, which is why deliveries will continue through 2020.
Gallery: Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, production design
While the car featured during the Goodwood FoS had a predominantly grey finish combined with gold accents, the production version shown here has a more appealing main blue shade. Those fortunate enough to sign their names on the dotted line to claim a GT-R50 will be able to spec their cars inside and out.
It’s more than just a GT-R Nismo with an Italdesign makeover as the R50 offers 710 bhp from its twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine or an extra 110 bhp over the standard Nismo. Not only that, but torque has gone up from 481 pound-feet to a whopping 575 lb-ft.
Aside from gaining more power, the R50 comes with a reworked suspension with a continuously adjustable damping Bilstein system and has upgraded Brembo brakes. Other changes include a reinforced six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, beefier differentials, and stronger driveshafts necessary to cope with the extra power.
Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign production design confirmed
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has confirmed the production design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – the ultimate expression of the GT-R – and has opened the official order books for the 50-vehicle limited run.
The car's exterior is virtually unchanged from the prototype first shown in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Pricing of the NISMO-tuned 720PS GT-R by Italdesign will start at 990,000 euros before taxes and options.
Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create the model, based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO, in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. While the prototype vehicle was finished in a special gray with gold accents, customers will be able to specify their preferred color combinations for the production version. They also will be able to choose interior colors and packages.1
In addition to Goodwood, the GT-R50 prototype has made appearances at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the U.S. and Nissan Crossing in Tokyo's Ginza district. It will be on display at the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama from Dec. 7.
"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 program 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."
Customers who wish to own a GT-R50 may start by visiting GT-R50.nissan and contacting Italdesign to create their own bespoke car. Deliveries will begin in 2019 and will continue through 2020.