GTR 50 side view

ItalDesign’s Nissan GT-R 50 is Better Late Than Never

Sometimes plans don’t work out exactly the way you want them to. For instance, last year was the fiftieth anniversary of the Nissan GT-R nameplate, and the GT-R 50 was announced to mark the occasion. A year later and the car is finally ready to go into production. All that aside, the ItalDesign imagined car proves good things come to those who wait.

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GTR 50 front view by ital design

The GT-R 50 is built on a GT-R Nismo base, which is a pretty impressive starting point already. But ItalDesign wasn’t going to rest on those laurels and stepped things up even more. The GT-R 50 received racer-spec turbos for the 3.8-litre V6, bumping up the power to 711 braking horsepower. That’s enough horsepower to rival a McLaren. Beefier brakes were required to put a stop to all that thrust, and the gearbox also had to be upgraded to handle that much oomph. As for the more visual parts of the build, buyers who have already placed a deposit on the car are already in the process of configuring how theirs will look. Alternatively, you can opt to use one of several heritage-inspired liveries. Nissan and ItalDesign plan to build 50 units of the GT-R 50, and you can expect to pay around USD$1 million for the privilege of owning one.

GTR 50 vehicle by ital design

Given the year that Nissan has had, it’s pretty exciting that we’re getting the GT-R 50 at all. The coronavirus has forced shutdowns on the Japanese company, and they’ve also been going through some major restructuring. On top of that, they’ve had to make around $2.8 billion in cuts, leading to the demise of the Datsun brand for the second time. Fortunately, the automaker followed through on the commitment to make the GT-R 50, which could signal a comeback for the company.

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GTR 50 steering wheel

GTR 50 back view while on the road

GTR 50 vehicle

GTR 50 by ital design

GTR 50 side view by ital design


Mr Mark Jessen

Mark Jessen studied English at Brigham Young University, completing a double emphasis in creative writing and professional writing/editing. After graduating, Mark went to work for a small publisher as their book editor. After a brief time as a freelance writer, Mark entered the corporate world as a copywriter. These days, his hours are spent mostly in proofing and editing, though he continues to create content for a wide variety of projects. In 2017, Mark completed UCLA's Creative Writing Certification. A prolific writer, Mark has over 20 years of experience in journalism.