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It was shown as a one-off at Good­wood – but lat­est news in­di­cates the Nis­san GT-R50 by Italde­sign could be­come the blue­print for an ex­tremely lim­ited run of hand-built pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cles. The ve­hi­cle com­mem­o­rates the 50th an­niver­saries of both the GT-R, in 2019, and Italde­sign, in 2018.

No more than 50 units would be pro­duced by Italde­sign – with each car tailored for each cus­tomer – with a price es­ti­mated to start at about € 900,000.

The Nis­san GT-R50 by Italde­sign starts with Nis­san’s lat­est GT-R Nismo and rein­ter­prets it with a Euro­peanstyle sen­si­bil­ity – com­bin­ing brute force with Ital­ian crafts­man­ship and tai­lor­ing. With a spe­cial power plant that boasts up to 90kW more than the stock en­gine, as well as chas­sis and driveline up­grades, per­for­mance backs up the new look.

Italde­sign de­vel­oped, en­gi­neered and built the car. The dis­tinc­tive, crisp ex­te­rior and in­te­rior de­signs orig­i­nated from Nis­san De­sign Europe and Nis­san De­sign Amer­ica. Key de­sign fea­tures in­clude a pro­nounced power bulge on the hood, stretched LED head­lights, a low­ered roofline, and prom­i­nent “samu­rai blade” cool­ing out­lets be­hind the front wheels. A large, ad­justable rear wing, mounted with two up­rights, com­pletes the over­all look. The ex­te­rior is fin­ished in a Liq­uid Ki­netic Gray colour, with dis­tinc­tive En­er­getic Sigma Gold an­niver­sary ac­cents.

In­side, the Nis­san GT-R50 by Italde­sign re­flects its mod­ern, high­per­for­mance pedi­gree. Two dif­fer­ent car­bon fiber fin­ishes are ex­ten­sively used across the cen­ter con­sole, in­stru­ment panel and door lin­ings. The seats fea­ture black Al­can­tara and fine black Ital­ian leather. Gold ac­cents echo the ex­te­rior treat­ment through­out the cock­pit.

Un­der­neath its new shape, the Nis­san GT-R50 by Italde­sign is all busi­ness. Draw­ing on Nis­san’s ex­ten­sive GT3 rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the Nismo or­gan­i­sa­tion en­hanced the hand-as­sem­bled 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT en­gine to pro­duce an es­ti­mated 537kW and 780Nm of torque. A re­vised Bil­stein sus­pen­sion damp­ing sys­tem and up­graded Brembo brak­ing sys­tem help han­dle the ex­tra power.

“At Italde­sign, we have a long his­tory of mak­ing our cus­tomers’ dreams come true. By join­ing forces now with our part­ners at Nis­san, we brought a true GT-R fan­tasy to life,” said Jo­erg Astalosch, CEO of Italde­sign-Gi­u­giaro. “To­gether, we have the tar­get that soon this ‘mon­ster’ of a ve­hi­cle will change the lives of 50 very select en­thu­si­asts. Their wait will soon be over.”

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