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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – with a mind-melting tag

  • Nissan confirms production of Nissan GT-R50
  • Car to celebrate double 50th anniversary
  • Demand ‘greatly exceeds’ expectations
NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress
2019 NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has confirmed production of a Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign and opened order books for a 50-vehicle run.

The car’s exterior, the automaker says – and the images confirm –  is virtually unchanged from the prototype shown in July 2018 at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress
NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress

Prices for the Nismo-tuned supercar will start at 990 000 euros (before taxes and options). That’s (Dec 2018) the equivalent of a seriously whopping $1.12-million – about R16-million…

GOLD ACCENTS

Nissan collaborated with Turin-based Italdesign to create the car. It’s based on the latest Nissan GT-R Nismo to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018.

The prototype in the images is finished in a special gray with gold accents but confirmed customers will be able to specify their color combination as well as interior colors and packages.

DISPLAY TIME

The GT-R50 prototype has made appearances at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the US and at Nissan Crossing in Tokyo’s Ginza district.

It will from today (Dec 9 2018) be on display at the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama.

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Bob Laishley, Nissan’s global sport-car programme director, told The Corner in a media communication: ”The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers – for the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations.

NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress
NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress

”These 50 cars, which celebrate 50 years of the GT-R and 50 years of Italdesign, will be rolling tributes to Nissan’s engineering leadership and sport-car heritage for a long time to come.”

WATCH THE car in action at its launch

Potential buyers can visit GT-R50.nissan. Deliveries will start in 2019 and continue through 2020.

NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress
NISSAN GT-50 ITALDESIGN: Image: Nissan Japan / Newspress

 

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