The First Of Only Five Italdesign Zerounos Made Is Up For Sale

Italdesign is gearing up to put the Nissan GT-R50 into production. Strictly limited production, mind you, with only fifty to be made. But this is even more exclusive. Ten times as exclusive, to be specific. And it can (at least in theory) be yours.

Don’t recognize what you’re looking at? It’s called the Zerouno, and it was the first project from the freshly inaugurated Automobili Speciali Italdesign after the Volkswagen Group took over the design studio from the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro.

It was based on the same underpinnings as the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan, and packed the same 5.2-liter V10, sending 610 horsepower (455 kW) and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Italdesign unveiled the Zerouno coupe at the Geneva Motor Show last year, and set about building five examples – each with a seven-figure price tag that put it in another league from its platform-mates. More along the lines of the Lamborghini Veneno or Centenario than the Huracan, in short. The Duerta roadster followed at the same show the next year (this past March) and saw another five examples made, but they all sold out just as fast.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that, if you missed your chance (but have the cash), the very first of those coupes is now listed for sale by a Belgian broker called Iconiccars, with just 311 miles (500 km) on the odometer. The asking price has not been disclosed, and given how much Italdesign charged for each originally, we’re afraid to ask. You can bet, though, that it’ll be more (likely many times more) than the €900,000 which the niche manufacturer and its Japanese client will charge for each of the 50 examples of the GT-R50 they plan to build.

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  • donald seymour

    I truly wonder how does it look in person?

    • Christian

      Why wonder when you can look? You can do it, get up and take a look! 🙂 JUST DO IT!

    • I’ve seen it 3 times, and well it’s as bad as the studio photo.

      • donald seymour

        OUCH! Really? Wow, they must have done a lot of coke.

    • fabri99

      Same here. It looks awful in the pictures and I still struggle to believe something this ugly wears the Italdesign badge.

  • Ehh never really like them, the design has no philosophy whatsoever, nor it’s original. I do suspect Giugiaro leave his company because he doesn’t want his name to be associated with this.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      Giugiaro left the company because a) he is old and b) was given a big bag of money. And the company was in very poor financial shape by all accounts as work had dried up considerably, making any offer to get out a good one.

      • That’s why I use the word suspect. Beside given he later form his own GFG design, doesn’t sound like a man that is too old for it.

        • Mark Hawthorne

          I didn’t say too old. I said old. Today is his 80th birthday. If he was going to realise any value from his declining brand and business, VWs offer was the time to do it. The fact that he set up a small consultancy to market his “designed-by” naming rights (for this IS what it is) is sensible but isn’t any indication of his appeal, work ethic or robustness.

  • Brent Morrison

    Italdesign is not as good as it used to be. Now it is catered to 10 year olds with fake vents and giant wings.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    If Zagato built a Lambo?

  • Six_Tymes

    So much Awesome came from the original Giorgetto Giugiaro studios over a few decades. Would be cool to see a full list of pictures of their designs in the past

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I can’t imagine why…

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