Confirmed: The ItalDesign GT-R50 will be built!
And this is how it's going to look...
The BMW M1, the original VW Golf, the Lotus Esprit. ItalDesign can lay claim to some of the worlds most iconic car designs. Over the last five decades they have been responsible for penning some truly stunning vehicles, as well as the Hyundai Stellar. We'll gloss over that though.
Here's the thing though. In the last God-knows-how-many years I have been reading and writing about cars, I can't remember a concept being as polarising as the ItalDesign Nissan GT-R50. If there was ever a 'Marmite car' then this is it. I've heard people eulogise over it as if it were the most beautiful object ever created. I've heard people say that they would sell their own children if it meant they could own one. Equally though, others have told me that it's a fussy mess and that Ital have ruined the GT-R.
Those online murmurings though, are very likely to turn into pitched battles with haters and appreciators beating each other to death with their keyboards because Nissan and ItalDesign have now announced that the GT-R50 is to go into limited production, and have released some renders of the final exterior design.
Interestingly, the final version has binned the gunmetal grey paint scheme of the concept for an electric blue hue. The gold accents remain though, for max bling points.
Mechanically, the GT-R50 retains the 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 powerplant of the standard car, albeit with the full-works NISMO treatment, which boosts power to 720 PS. That should be enough to make the fastest car on the internet even faster.
If you were thinking of placing an order for one of the 50 cars that will be built, you're going to need to be a seriously committed GT-R fan, as the GT-R50 starts at €990,000.