Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign celebrates 50th anniversaries with 710 horsepower

Isaac Cain
July 1, 2018

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission was also reinforced to handle all that output. The tell tale Nissan GT-R twin tail lamps are present but look a lot more modern and a lot more sculptured than ever before. While Italdesign engineered and built the vehicle, the Nissan Design centres in London and America took care of the styling. Delicate gold accents echo the gold trim of the exterior.

The idea was to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign.

There are no plans to deliver a limited run of the Italdesign GT-R50, but Nissan say it will make its public debut next month in Europe.

Based on the GT-R Nismo, the GT-R50 is Nissan and Italdesign's first collaboration, although the development, engineering and building of the auto was all Italdesign's work, while the design was undertaken at Nissan's London and San Diego design centres.

The GT-R's "samurai blade" cooling ducts behind the front wheels are more prominent and the LED headlights extend far back over the front wheel arches with a unique lighting signature.

The roofline has been lowered by 54mm and has a lower center section along with raised outer portions.

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'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'. And the standard wheels have been replaced by some custom items that measure 21 inches, and spread 10 inches wide on the front and 10.5 inches on the rear. It is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint scheme.

One of the cooler and new features about the Nissan GT-R50 Italdesign is the rear wing.

The Nissan GT-R50 Italdesign stands out from the hoards of brightly coloured concept cars with its rather simple and elegant grey and gild combination. Combined with more gold elements, it appears as a separate modular element of the rear structure.

Before the body-shell went to Italy, the Nismo petrolheads gave it a hand-built 3.8-litre VR38DETT V6 with twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbos and bigger intercoolers, heavy-duty crankshaft, connecting rods and bearings, and special pistons with high-flow oil jets. The centrepiece is a neat flat-bottomed steering wheel with carbon fibre spokes.

The suspension wasn't left stock either and with the help of Bilstein, it now features the DampTronic continuously adjustable system. "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". For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers.

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