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July 3, 2018

Italian Style, Japanese Engineering: Meet the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign (w/ 11 Photos)

What do you get when you mix Italian design with Japanese engineering? This: the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. Launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of both the GT-R and Italdesign, it’s currently a prototype which may go into ultra-limited production soon.

Italdesign developed, engineered, and built the car with the crisp new exterior and revised interior created by Nissan’s design teams in both Europe and North America.

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign contains a distinct gold inner element that stretches across almost the entire width of the vehicle. The hood has a more pronounced power bulge, while the LED headlights are made to stretch from the wheel arch to the lip above the outer cooling intakes.

The roofline has been lowered by 54 millimeters and features a lower center section, while the slightly raised outer portions give the roof profile a muscular look. 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 rear highlights the car’s wide track with taut, muscular flares around the wheels. The shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window and draws toward the center of the trunk lid. In a dramatic fashion, the rear window line descends longer and deeper than on the standard car. Combined with more gold elements, it appears as a separate modular element of the rear structure.

The GT-R’s twin round taillights have been reimagined as a separate “floating” feature with thin light rings and hollow centers, mounted so as to join the outer buttress and the central portion of the trunk structure. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. Custom wheels: 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear accentuate the car’s bold stance. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. 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. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment across the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear. 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.

Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan’s GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720 horsepower and 780 Nm of torque.

Changes to the power plant include optimized twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels.

A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine’s power.

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Prototype Key Specifications
  • Base Vehicle: Nissan GT-R NISMO
  • Overall Length: 4,784 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,992 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,316 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,780 mm
  • Engine: 3.8-liter VR38DETT by NISMO
  • Maximum Power: 720 horsepower @ 7,100 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 780 Nm @ 3,600-5,600 rpm
  • Driveline: Mid-mounted front engine / rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive
  • Gearbox: Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle
  • Suspension: BILSTEIN DampTronic I damping system
  • Brakes: Brembo, with 2-piece floating drilled disc (front: 6-piston monoblock caliper; rear: 4-piston monoblock caliper)
  • Wheels: 21 x 10 J (f), 21 x 10.5 J (r)
  • Tires: Michelin Pilot Super Sport, 255/35 R 21 (f); 285/30 R 21 (r) 

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