Deliveries of the limited-run Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign to customers will commence in late 2020, with the fist customer vehicle to be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year. Prior to that, prototype versions of the car will be on display at various locations in Japan, including the 2019 Nismo festival taking place on Sunday.

As its name suggests, there will be just 50 units of this Italdesign-penned car which is based on the GT-R Nismo facelift model. The GT-R50 builds further upon the powertrain from that car, where the VR38DETT biturbo V6 engine gains larger GT3-specification turbochargers, larger intercoolers, higher-flow injectors and optimised ignition, intakes and exhaust.

The resulting 720 PS at 7,100 rpm and 780 nm of torque from 3,600 rpm to 5,600 rpm is 120 PS and 128 Nm more than the Nismo’s outputs, and these are sent through a strengthened, rear-mounted six-speed dual-clutch transmission to the GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system with reinforced differentials and driveshafts.

Chassis tweaks included a Bilstein DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system, new Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear disc brakes and 21-inch wheels in 255/35 R21 and 285/30 R21 tyres front and rear, respectively.

The GT-R50 Italdesign first emerged in June last year as a concept, before the production model was revealed in the December that followed with a price tag starting from 990,000 euros (RM4.7 million) at the time. Customer demand for the car has been strong, says Nissan, with ‘a significant number of deposits already taken’, adding that a limited number of reservations are still available, though without specifying how many exactly are remaining.

“Our customers have relished the personalised experience provided by Italdesign, who have a long tradition in the exclusive field of ultra-rare, bespoke high-performance vehicles,” said Nissan global sports car programme director Bob Laishley.

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