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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign gets production nod

Nissan will build just 50 units of the Italian-bodied GT-R.

Nissan has given the green light to a production version of the GT-R50 by Italdesign concept that debuted earlier this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign -- which was created to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R and Italdesign -- uses the mechanical underpinnings of the latest GT-R Nismo, but that's where the similarities stop. The GT-R50 by Italdesign wears unique body panels created by the Turin-based design house, along with a customized interior. The show car was finished in a gray and gold color scheme, but Nissan says customers will be able to choose whatever colors they want.And speaking of customers, there won't be many. Nissan will produce just 50 units of the Italian-bodied GT-R. And, as you might expect, they won't come cheap -- the GT-R50 by Italdesign will carry a base price of 990,000 euros ($1.13 million) before taxes and options. Just for reference, the normal GT-R Nismo carries a base price of $175,540."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.‚ÄĚNissan will begin deliveries of the GT-R50 by Italdesign next year, with the 50-unit production run expected to continue into 2020.

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