Just in time to celebrate the iconic car's 40th anniversary.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fabled Nissan GT-R badge, famed Italian styling house Italdesign built the achingly beautiful Nissan GT-R 50 based on the GT-R Nismo. As the name implies, only 50 examples are being made. Its beautiful bespoke bodywork makes the Japanese sports car look more modern to help ease the wait for the next-generation Nissan GT-R to arrive, while the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 is uprated to 710 horsepower.
With customer deliveries of the GT-R 50 about to begin, Italdesign is teasing its next design project, which also celebrates the anniversary of an automotive icon: the DeLorean DMC-12.
January 21, 2021, marked the 40th anniversary of the first DeLorean DMC-12 rolling off the production line back in 1981. 40 years later, it looks like Italdesign is preparing to unleash a modern-day version of the iconic DeLorean.
"What a better way to celebrate an icon of automotive history than a sneak peek of the (near) future? Stay tuned for more," Italdesign teased on social media while referring to the project as "Vision Beyond Time."
No other details were shared, but a shadowy image gives us a glimpse at the mystery car's silhouette. Like the original DeLorean, we can see the modern-day version has dramatic gullwing doors and is badged as a DMC, but it's not known if the project is based on an existing model or built from the ground up.
As with the GT-50, production will likely be limited, possibly to 40 examples to celebrate the DeLorean turning 40. Then again, at this point we don't even know if the car will enter production or if a show car will be built - it could simply be a digital design project, but we're hoping it will be the modern-day DeLorean of our dreams.
Either way, the original car's distinctive, steel-bodied design was penned by Italdesign's Giorgetto Giugiaro, so we're intrigued to see how the company reimagines the DeLorean for the 21st century. While the DeLorean is one of the most iconic cars of all time thanks to its role in the 'Back to the Future' series as a time machine, in real life the car was a financial failure.