Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Concept Revealed


Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Concept celebrates 50 years of Nissan GT-R and Italdesign

The Nissan GT-R and Italdesign both turn 50 this year. To celebrate, both companies have teamed up to create a Nissan GT-R with mad styling and virtually no boundaries, and they’ve called it the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

They’ve taken a 2018 Nissan Nismo as a base, lowered the roofline by 54mm and puffed out the edges for a more aggressive and muscular look. The bonnet has a more pronounced power bulge and its complimented by wild LED headlights.

The GT-R “Samurai blade” cooling outlets are more pronounced, and there’s gold inserts throughout the bodywork.

The rear end highlights the car’s wide track with taut, muscular flares around the wheels. Speaking of wheels, they’re Custom wheels – 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear.

Quad taillights are another GT-R, and on the Nissan GT-R50 they have been re-imagined, and are now thing light rings with empty centres.

The exterior paint finish is called Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

The interior has had a makeover too, with two different types of carbon fibre inserts and alcantara, and of course, the seats are wrapped in black Italian leather.

The steering wheel is fashioned from carbon fibre, there are futuristic race-style switches and there are gold inserts to compliment the exterior.

The GT-R50 mechanicals have had a work over too, with the 3.8 litre twin turbo V6 getting new GT3 spec turbos, bigger intercoolers, new camshafts, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimised ignition, intake and exhaust systems.

The engine now produces a staggering 529kW and 780Nm of torque. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission has been reinforced to cope with the extra grunt.

The suspension has been upgraded with a Bilstein adjustable system and Brembo brakes help reign in all that power.

“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.”

Full specs for the Nissan GT-R50 are below:


Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign prototype key specifications
Base vehicle Nissan GT-R NISMO
Overall length 4784mm (Standard NISMO: 4690mm)
Overall width 1992mm (Standard NISMO: 1895mm)
Overall height 1316mm (Standard NISMO: 1370mm)
Wheelbase 2780mm (identical)
Engine 3.8-litre VR38DETT by NISMO;

720 ps (529kW) (estimated) @ 7100 rpm

780 Nm (estimated) @ 3600-5600 rpm

Driveline Mid-mounted front engine / rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive
Gearbox Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle
Suspension BILSTEIN DampTronic® I damping system
Brakes Brembo, with 2-piece floating drilled disc

Front: 6-piston monoblock caliper; 390 x 32.6mm

Rear: 4-piston monoblock caliper; 380 x 30mm

Wheels (inches) Front: 21 x 10J

Rear: 21 x 10.5J

Tyres Michelin Pilot Super Sport; Front: 255/35 R21 Rear: 285/30 R21

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