The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is finally in production

It celebrates the GT-R’s 50th birthday
by Ollie Kew | May 21, 2020
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First, it was a concept car. Then, weirdly, it was a computer rendering, showing what the actual production car would look like (identical to the concept car, in fact). But now, at long last, it’s here: The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign lives.

Strictly, this should now be the Nissan GT-R51. The concept car was unveiled in 2019 to celebrate the GT-R nameplate’s 50th birthday, but it’s taken until now for the car to become a reality. And what a reality.

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Underneath, this is a Nissan GT-R Nismo, which is already a pretty special bit of kit. You’d have presumed that simply cloaking the ultimate Godzilla’s internals in the finest Italian design-house lunacy would be enough. But no—bigger GT3 racer-spec turbos mean the 3.8-liter V6 is churning out a McLaren-sized 711hp. It’s got beefier brakes and an uprated gearbox.

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But then, you’d expect prodigious power and the components to match it for, ahem, £885,000 (P55 million). And it may shock you to learn that, despite being a flashy, limited-edition supercar, the GT-R50-and-a-bit isn’t sold out. Fifty units will be produced, but there are still build slots available. Global recession? What global recession?

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Nissan plans to fill these empty reservations by offering race liveries on the GT-R50-something. We’d like a blue Calsonic paint job, for starters. What about you?

Worried these GT-R50ish specials will only ever live in underground garages? Then, allow Top Gear to tell you what it’s like to properly drive it...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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