Nissan and Italdesign have collaborated for the first time to create an ultra-limited GT-R50. Based on the production 2018 GT-R Nismo model, the GT-R50 commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign, and will make its debut in Europe next month.
According to Nissan, Italdesign has developed, engineered and built the car, while the exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.
The GT-R50 features Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents throughout the vehicle. The hood has a more pronounced power bulge, and the thin LED headlights stretch from the wheel arch to the lip above the outer cooling intakes. The roofline has been lowered by 54 mm.
The signature GT-R “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels have gained more prominence with a gold inlay and extends from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line.
The shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window and draws toward the center of the trunk lid. The GT-R’s twin round taillights have been re-imagined as a separate “floating” feature with thin light rings and hollow centers. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look.
Custom 21-inch wheels accentuate the car’s bold stance. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with the aforementioned Gold accents.
“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for global design. “This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership.”
Inside, two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather on the seats. There are subtle, tastefully applied Gold accents to complement the exterior.
The bespoke steering wheel’s central hub and spokes are made of carbon fiber, while the rim features a flat bottom and matching Alcantara trim.
The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 VR38DETT engine develops an estimated 720 hp @ 7100 rpm and 780 Nm of torque @ 3600-5600 rpm. A dual-clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle sends power to the all four wheels.
As for the suspension, the car features Bilstein DampTronic I damping system – an active suspension which continuously adjusts the dampers as per the road conditions. Brakes are Brembo, measuring 390 mm with 6-piston caliper at front and 380 mm with 4-piston caliper at the rear.
As for the dimensions, the GT-R50 measures 4784 mm in length (standard Nismo – 4690 mm), 1992 mm in width (standard Nismo – 1895 mm) and 1316 mm in height (standard Nismo – 1370 mm). Wheelbase is identical at 2780 mm.
“Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way – wrapping one of Nissan’s best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding,” said Albaisa.
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