Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign prototype marks 50 years of GT-R


Best to just enjoy it for what it is, an incredible new take on the GT-R formula.

Changes in design have been made to the cooling outlets behind the front wheels, shoulder line tapers, and the rear window line. "Floating" taillights complete the visual transformation at the rear of the auto. Among the changes: new turbochargers from the GT-R GT3 race auto, larger intercoolers, tougher engine internals, stronger axles and a tougher dual-clutch transmission. With respect to engine, Nissan GT-R50 is powered with handmade twin-turbo 3.8 liter V6 unit and is upgraded by NISMO with larger GT3 competition-spec turbos, larger intercoolers, heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings.

The California auto culture comes out in the tapered shoulder line around the base of the rear window, which has been dramatically extended longer and deeper than on the standard vehicle and trimmed with gold inlays to become a separate modular element of the rear structure.

"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 senior VP for global design, in a statement. "So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership".

GT-R50 concept has been developed to celebrate 50 years of the iconic sports auto and the famous Italian design house. Italdesign does manufacture ultra-limited series cars created for selected collectors. The prototype is based on the Nismo GT-R and will make its public debut next month, possibly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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We'd say the rear view is really where the GT-R50 separates itself from the common GT-R, the lustrous "liquid kinetic gray" bodywork of the flanks and roof working as a sort of shell encompassing the even more lustrous "energetic sigma gold" bodywork around the tiny windshield and re-sculpted rear fascia.

On the inside, more gold trim joins two styles of carbon fiber, Alcantara, Italian leather seats, and buttons and knobs made to emulate that of a futuristic race auto. The steering wheel is bespoke and features a flat bottom.

The GT-R350 is immediately identifiable from the production GT-R thanks to the weighty gold grille surround and long, thin LED headlights that alter its facial DNA.

The suspension is revised, using Bilstein's continuously adjustable damping system. Custom wheels - 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear - accentuate the car's bold stance. Michelin Pilot Super Sports finish off the handling upgrades.

They've done a thorough job but does the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign signify anything beyond a happy anniversary for the two 50-year-old brands?