RE: GT-R50 expected to go into limited production

RE: GT-R50 expected to go into limited production

Monday 9th July

GT-R50 expected to go into limited production

Italdesign keen as mustard to build up to 50 examples of the car it expects to charge as much as £800k for...



By just the third comment last week, a PHer had asked the question Nissan and Italdesign were apparently waiting to hear: "are they building some?" Hats off then to MDMetal - yes, they are. Probably. Maybe. Or they will if they get more people asking the same question at Goodwood and other car shows this summer. Ideally the sort of people who have pockets deep enough to meet what will likely be a €900,000 asking price.

Naturally that huge figure is just an estimate, too. But one flung out quickly enough that you'd have to assume Italdesign had already given it some serious thought. Thus it will use the Festival of Speed - just a few days away now, in case you'd forgotten - as a sounding board for the idea of a limited production run; limited to the tune of 50 examples, obviously.

 

Italdesign would be responsible for building (or, more specifically, coachbuilding) the cars in question, a profitable thought which has made its CEO extremely bullish. "At Italdesign, we have a long history of making our customers' dreams come true. By joining forces now with our partners at Nissan, we brought a true GT-R fantasy to life."

He continued: "Together, we have the target that soon this 'monster' of a vehicle will change the lives of 50 very select enthusiasts. Their wait will soon be over." That sounds like a fairly confident prediction to us, and frankly, it's hard to see why they wouldn't put their 'samurari blade' outlets where their mouths are given that it's easy-peasy to sell 50 versions of virtually any fast car globally - let alone one with the cult hero status of the GT-R.


Granted, €900,000 is a good deal more than the £151,995 it'll cost to secure the brand-new, unregistered Nismo that currently appears in the classifieds - but absurd exclusivity and a prettier shape always come at a cost in the car industry. And these are wild times. Don't underestimate the appeal of buying the car built to simultaneously mark the 50th anniversary of both the GT-R and Italdesign, either.

Moreover, there's the thought of that 720hp output to factor in, too - 120hp more than the 'standard' NISMO, thanks to experience gleaned from GT3 racing - and a revised chassis to go with it. Plus did we mention it's got Energetic Sigma Gold accents to go with the Liquid Kinetic Gray paint? We're betting the 'sold-out' sign gets wheeled out almost immediately after the 'for sale' one goes up.

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WCZ

Original Poster:

5,378 posts

125 months

Monday 9th July
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Completely retarded

gigglebug

819 posts

53 months

Monday 9th July
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I really like this as a design, especially the interior which I think is a vast improvement, but if I were personally going to seek out a bonkers priced GTR I'd be looking for a Z-tune. That really is as special as a GTR is going to get for me. 800K??

British Beef

1,106 posts

96 months

Monday 9th July
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Not for £800k, surely not!!

There cannot be that many ludicrously rich and ludicrously daft car nuts out there to justify this thing at that price!

roland82

204 posts

146 months

Monday 9th July
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It feels to me, that a lot car companies are seeing the crazy money being thrown around at the top of the market and want a slice.

Even if I had stupid money, £800,000 for this would still be too much for me.

LOW4LYFE

157 posts

52 months

Monday 9th July
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Finally a good looking GTR. Miles better than the original. Actually looks somewhat like a super car now.

Shame it won’t be offered in other colour combos.
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smithyithy

3,607 posts

49 months

Monday 9th July
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Bloody lunacy. Although hopefully the styling will feed down into whatever the next version of the GTR is, kinda how the Reventon and Sesto Elemento were precursors for the Aventador / Huracan..?

Oz83

326 posts

70 months

Monday 9th July
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ah painted to match the rose gold Richard Mille that the buyers of these cars inevitably wear.



Wadeski

6,524 posts

144 months

Monday 9th July
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the best looking R35 by far, hope it is a sneak peak at the next GT-R model for the masses...

Plug Life

775 posts

22 months

Monday 9th July
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The GT-R Gulzar Edition

V10M6

5 posts

30 months

Monday 9th July
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I bet they're already sold out and there's secondary market queue!

shavermcspud

56 posts

24 months

Tuesday 10th July
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As of yesterday afternoon my sources indicated 34 had already sold two of which are bound for the UK.
So there must be a market for overpriced cars.

loose cannon

4,894 posts

172 months

Tuesday 10th July
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Why don’t they stop pissing around and just make an all new gtr as the current one
is way past long in the tooth

shavermcspud

56 posts

24 months

Tuesday 10th July
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loose cannon said:
Why don’t they stop pissing around and just make an all new gtr as the current one
is way past long in the tooth

Agreed, milking every last bit of the platform.
Subtle few tweaks here and there, add another £30k to the price and people are still buying them.

viggyp

1,268 posts

66 months

Tuesday 10th July
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I like the looks but sorry, £800k is way too much. An F40 could be had for that money.

I'd have a Mines GTR over any other GTR. This is just taking the proverbial.

motoroller

581 posts

104 months

Tuesday 10th July
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shavermcspud said:

Agreed, milking every last bit of the platform.
Subtle few tweaks here and there, add another £30k to the price and people are still buying them.
Even now it represents value compared to some of the alternatives, hence the demand...

FWDRacer

3,519 posts

155 months

Tuesday 10th July
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800K Datsun.


Who said the Japanese don't have a sense of humour rofl

Neith

496 posts

71 months

Tuesday 10th July
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£800k a car might lessen the impact of any huge fines for cheating emissions laugh

In all seriousness, it is way overpriced but it'll sell no problem. Not a fan personally- I love all generations of the GT-R but this just looks a bit...naff to me.

JohnoVR6

656 posts

143 months

Tuesday 10th July
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FWDRacer said:
800K Datsun.


Who said the Japanese don't have a sense of humour rofl
It's Italian.

PHMatt

559 posts

79 months

Tuesday 10th July
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So have people finally figured out this is just a pretend car, all theoretical, drawn on a 'puter?

It'll never be a real thing, even the money is just theoretical nonsense.

I'm actually shocked at how much airtime it's getting.

The reason it would cost so much, FYI, is that if it's to be small volume, the tooling required to build it would be massive if they use the unit price to recoup it.


Aes87

239 posts

14 months

Tuesday 10th July
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they're having a laugh - that was the new price of a Veyron, from memory