Way back in the high summer of 2018, a striking limited-edition Nissan grand tourer emerged. The Italdesign build used a GT-R as a foundation. The company called the end result the GT-R50.
Italdesign—a design firm founded in the 1960s which has amassed a broad-spectrum portfolio over the years that includes its own Zerouno and Zerouno Duerta hypercars—is best known for its automotive designs. But the company’s varied interests in suitable fodder for their careful and sometimes beautiful work informed the GT-R50 as much as its history creating cars; its two-tone color scheme is a remarkable example of judicious use of a tonal motif.
All in all, the GT-R50 is a gleaming metallic sculpture that by turns evokes the contemporary and the neo-futurism of Italdesign’s fledgling years, while creating a 710-horsepower super-Nissan. And it now is going into production.
The production version looks somewhat less special than the prototype; the metallic two-tone treatment is, sadly, gonzo. But the shape and the sculptural lines remain, as does the plush, sporty interior rich in Alcantara and carbon fiber.
The GT-R50 features a handmade body, and customization options are plentiful for buyers with $1.1 million to spend adding an example to their collection of exotics.