Say hello to the prettiest and most powerful GT-R ever made, priced at more than $1 million a pop

When Nissan and Italdesign joined forces to create the GT-R50 prototype earlier this year, the final product elevated Godzilla from functional to fantastic, bestowing undeniable beauty onto a platform usually regarded for its prowess, rather than its aesthetic. Now, Nissan has revealed a final limited-run production version, and its still got the goods to drop jaws.

Is This The Ultimate GT-R?

Here's the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign In Production Form Exterior
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This past summer, we caught up with the Nissan GT-R50 prototype by Italdesign at the 2018 rendition of The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering during Monterey Car Week, and suffice to say, we were utterly smitten by its stunning good looks.

The project started as a collaboration between the Japanese automaker and the iconic Italian design house, and framed as a celebration of the 50th anniversary for the GT-R in 2019, and the 50th anniversary of Italdesign in 2018.

Outside, the production GT-R50 looks identical to the prototype model, with handsome lines that enhance the Nissan’s shape from just about every single angle.

Italdesign managed to transform this beast into a truly stunning piece of rolling art - it looks fast and powerful, but with far more delicacy than the standard GT-R. The curves are gentle, but heavy creases separate the individual design elements without divorcing them from the overall structure.

Here's the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign In Production Form Interior
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Even the interior is upgraded, with large swaths of carbon fiber and Alcantara creating even more warm and fuzzy feelings.

Suffice to say, we love it.

Under the new skin, the GT-R50 utilizes the same platform and drivetrain as the top-spec GT-R Nismo, with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter VR38DETT V-6 powerplant providing motivation to a high-performance, race-derived AWD system. However, while the standard GT-R Nismo makes 600 horsepower, the GT-R50 was tuned to produce a whopping 710 horsepower, an impressive 110-horsepower gain over the standard model. Torque also increases to 575 pound-feet, a 94-pound-feet increase over the Nismo’s 481 pound-feet.

That means that not only is the GT-R50 a lovely piece of design work, it’s also brutally fast. As such, it comes with the beefier suspension, braking, and drivetrain components needed to make the most of the extra muscle.

Customers will be able to choose their preferred color combination upon purchase, as well as a full list of interior colors and optional packages as well.

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign will carry a limited run of 50 units, each of which will cost 990,000 euros before taxes and options. At current exchange rates (12/07/2018), that calculates out to a whopping $1,129,773. Better start flipping those couch cushions.

Interested customers are encouraged to visit GT-R50.nissan and to contact Italdesign to get theirs. Deliveries kick off next year.

Performance And Drivetrain Nissan GT-R50
Engine Twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6
Horsepower 710 hp @ 7,100 rpm
Torque 575 pound-feet @ 3,600 rpm
Drivetrain Layout Front-/mid-engine, AWD
Transmission Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed
Suspension Bilstein DampTronic I
Brakes Brembo 6-pot front, Brembo 4-pot rear
Wheels 21 inches by 10 inches front, 21 inches by 10.5 inches rear
Tire Compound Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Tire Size 255/35R21 front, 285/30R21 rear

Further Reading

2018 Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Exterior
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Read our full review of the 2018 Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

2017 Nissan GT-R High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo.

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has confirmed the production design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – the ultimate expression of the GT-R – and has opened the official order books for the 50-vehicle limited run.

The car’s exterior is virtually unchanged from the prototype first shown in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Pricing of the NISMO-tuned 720PS GT-R by Italdesign will start at 990,000 euros before taxes and options.

Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create the model, based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO, in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. While the prototype vehicle was finished in a special gray with gold accents, customers will be able to specify their preferred color combinations for the production version. They also will be able to choose interior colors and packages.1

In addition to Goodwood, the GT-R50 prototype has made appearances at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the U.S. and Nissan Crossing in Tokyo’s Ginza district. It will be on display at the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama from Dec. 7.

"The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations," said Bob Laishley, global sports car program director at Nissan. "These 50 cars, which celebrate 50 years of the GT-R as well as 50 years of Italdesign, will be rolling tributes to Nissan’s engineering leadership and rich sports car heritage for a long time to come."

Customers who wish to own a GT-R50 may start by visiting GT-R50.nissan and contacting Italdesign to create their own bespoke car. Deliveries will begin in 2019 and will continue through 2020.

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