This car is certainly a Nissan GT-R, judging from a number of design cues typical of the legendary Godzilla of the automotive world. However, it looks distinctly different; it is as if this GT-R was released from its limits. A product of the collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all set to be unveiled in metal in Europe in July 2018.
For now, GT-R fans and enthusiasts could feast on the video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. This ultra-limited GT-R prototype commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign.
Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, remarked that the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign celebrates two big moments that intersect at the same window of time -- 50 years of Italdesign shaping the auto world as well as 50 years of Nissan delivering excitement with the GT-R. He called Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign as a GT-R without limits.
This special GT-R prototype was developed, engineered and built by Italdesign. Nissan, in particular its teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America, took care of the exterior and interior designs of this half-Japanese half-Italian Godzilla, which is wrapped in Liquid Kinetic Gray finish with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.
The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign boasts of a front end which full width is accentuated a fully stretched golden inner element. Featuring a bonnet with a more pronounced power bulge, the GT-R50 is fitted with thin LED headlights stretching from the wheel arch to the lip just above the outer cooling intakes.
When viewed from the side, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reveals signature GT-R “samurai blade” cooling outlets. Located behind the front wheels and extending from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line, this samurai blade features a gold inlay. Now lower by 54 mm, the roofline sports a lower center section, with the raised outer portions lend the roof profile a more muscular appearance. The side view is completed by custom wheels measuring 21 x 10 inches on the front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear, as shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (255/35 R21 front and 285/30 R21 rear).
On the rear, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features muscular flares , with shoulder line tapering around the base of the rear window. The rear window line – now descending longer and deeper than on the standard GT-R – features more gold elements, making it look like a separate modular element at the rear. The In addition, the twin round taillights seems to be floating, featuring thin light rings and hollow centers. The rear end is also marked by a massive adjustable rear wing, as mounted with two uprights.
Meanwhile, the interior of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features two different carbon fiber finishes across the instrument panel, door linings and center console. The seats are wrapped in black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather. The central hub and spokes of the bespoke steering wheel are made from carbon fiber, while its flat bottom rim features Alcantara trim. Gold accents are found instrument panel, race car-inspired switchgear and doors.
Serving as the heart of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine that delivers 720 PS of max output and 780 Nm of peak torque. This massive power is sent to the wheels through a reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle, as complemented by stronger differentials and drive shafts.
The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign sits on a revised suspension system that features the Bilstein DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system. Braking power, meanwhile, is taken care of by Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with bright red, clearly visible calipers.