Yesterday we reported that Italdesign had filed to reserve the GT-R50 name with the European Intellectual Property Office. Today, Nissan and Italdesign debuted the stunning creation – and we’re in awe.
The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Italdesign and the GT-R. Italdesign, which is owned by VW Group, developed, engineered and built the car, while teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America in San Diego took care of the styling. The vehicle is based on an R35 GT-R, but looking at its radically designed exterior, you might never know it.
Likely previewing the next-generation GT-R, the GT-R50 looks like an R35 from 20 years in the future. The best bit, in our opinion, is the rear end, where the gold-painted part looks as though it’s jetting out from the black-painted body. The floating taillights are also rather tantalizing and look similar to the taillights on the Nissan 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept. The interior has gotten an extensive overhaul as well, appearing more modern than the regular R35’s and featuring gold trim to match the exterior.
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Under the hood is the GT-R’s familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, which has been overhauled with larger turbochargers from the GT-R GT3 car, larger intercoolers, a heavy-duty crankshaft, different pistons, new connecting rods and bearings, high flow fuel injectors and more. The dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and differentials were beefed up as well. All told, the GT-R50 makes 710 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque.
“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Nissan design boss Alfonso Albaisa. “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.”
“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,” he added.
Albaisa’s right, the GT-R50 isn’t the next-generation Nissan GT-R, but we’d be surprised if it didn’t preview the ‘R36’ GT-R’s exterior and interior styling. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Before the R36 arrives, Nissan is taking the GT-R50 on a promotional tour that will start in Europe next month – likely at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. We can hardly wait to see this forward-thinking styling exercise in action.
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