The Nissan GT-R50 from Italdesign has been officially approved for production.
The GT-R is getting to be an old car. Introduced in 2007, the GT-R has been Nissan’s flagship supercar ever since. It’s widely expected to be replaced eventually, but not before the 370Z which is getting to be equally long in the tooth.
Nissan announced a partnership with Italian design house Italdesign last summer to create a concept version of the GT-R that would celebrate both the GT-R’s 50th anniversary as well as Italdesign’s. Called the GT-R50, it was based on the 2018 GT-R NISMO model with a few small tweaks.
And also a lot of big tweaks.
The concept had a LOT of gold paneling placed all over, including the rear trunk lid, bumper, hood intakes, and on either side of the grille. It also got new headlights that were thinner and stretch almost as far as the outer cooling intakes.
New bulges appeared on the roof, while the side sills and rear diffuser are redesigned to be much more prominent. The rear wing, already fairly large on the NISMO, is now truly massive with several adjustable settings to get just the right amount of downforce.
On the inside, Alcantara covers everything that’s not coated in carbon fiber or leather. There are gold accents covering the dashboard, instrument panel, doors, and vents, and there’s special GT-R50 badging to be found on the steering wheel.
Under the hood is the same twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the GT3 version of the GT-R, but tuned to produce 710 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. There is also a revised set of Bilstein shocks and Brembo brakes to make this the highest performance GT-R ever made.
And Nissan will, in fact, make this car. The Japanese carmaker announced last week that a production run of 50 units will start deliveries in 2019, with each GT-R50 priced at $1.12 million. Considering the base-trim GT-R goes for just under $100,000, that seems like quite a leap in price. But then, there is a lot of gold going into this car, so maybe that’s where all the dollars are going.