No more drawings: Bespoke Nissan GT-R 50 by ItalDesign is finally here

Nissan GT-R50 by ItalDesign

The long-teased limited-run Nissan GT-R 50 by ItalDesign has finally been revealed…and it’s more than just a set of new clothes.

The car that was promised. It’s been a concept, a computer rendering of the concept and then it was nothing. A rumour. And now it’s finally here. Meet the extremely limited-run Nissan GT-R 50 by ItalDesign. Those who know their car history will know that ItalDesign tinkered around with Nissan in the 1970s.

That’s right, what you’re looking at here is a collaboration between Nissan and the legendary Italian design studio, Italdesign. And it’s more than just a good looker. Based on the GT-R Nismo the GT-R 50 by ItalDesign gets bespoke metalwork, bigger turbos, larger intercooler, new exhaust, pistons, rings, bigger brakes and a tougher gearbox. The tweaked 3.8-litre V6 now thumps out around 530kW.

But there’s more to the monster than that. The thing is longer, wider and lower than a regular GTR Nismo, indeed the roofline is 54mm lower. And, of course, there’s the whopping adjustable rear wing that ain’t on the standard car.

There will only be 50 GT-R 50 by ItalDesign vehicles produced and there are still a few available but it ain’t cheap at around $1 million. There’s talk some of the not-yet-sold cars might end up with customer racers.

The plan had been to show off the GT-R 50 by ItalDesign at the Geneva Motor Show in March but that event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, it was live streamed from the Tazio Nuolari race track where ItalDesign performs its engineering work for type approval.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.