To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both Nissan’s GT-R and Italdesign, Nissan collaborated with the Italian car experts to create the ultimate iteration of the iconic sports car. Dubbed the “GT-R50,” the prototype is based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo.
Nissan and Italdesign have teamed up to create a special edition GT-R. The first collaboration between the Japanese automaker and the Italian design house, the GT-R50 is a custom prototype celebrating 50 years of both houses.
This commemorative car is based on the most potent of GT-R models, the 600 hp, $175,000 NISMO Edition. To create the GT-R50, Nissan’s designers penned an entirely new body that’s longer, lower, and wider, yet still unmistakably a GT-R.
The body is a sleek “liquid kinetic gray” color with contrasting “energetic sigma gold” exteriors. Up front, the car boasts a gold-detailed grille, while the hood at the back features a power bulb and thick LED headlights. The GT-R50 gains a sleeker profile, as the roofline has been lowered by a touch over 2 inches. The roof itself has a shallow channel down the middle, lending a more defined appearance. The “samurai blade” air outlets behind the front wheel arches have been extended and trimmed in gold.
NISMO replaced the stock 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 with a hand-assembled 3.8-liter version with GT3 competition-spec turbos, intercoolers, heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, rods and bearings. The result: an impressive 720 hp and 575 ft lbs of torque. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission was also reinforced to handle all that output.
The performance-focused interior uses a mix of Alcantara and Italian leather on the seats and two different carbon fiber finishes around the instrument panel, console and doors. Delicate gold accents echo the gold trim of the exterior. A custom, Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel with a carbon fiber hub and spokes finishes things off.
“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’s senior vice president for global design. “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.”
The end result is one of the baddest GT-Rs ever built. Does this finely crafted birthday prototype give clues as to the look of the next-generation GT-R, scheduled for 2020? Sadly, Nissan responds with an emphatic ‘no’, emphasizing that it is simply a show car designed to recognize two landmark anniversaries.