R50: Nissan and Italdesign create the ultimate GT-R

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

Dominating the side view, the distinctive roofline has been lowered by 54 millimeters and features a lower center section, while the slightly raised outer portions give the roof profile a muscular look. At the back, the quad circular tail lamps have been kept to identify it as a GT-R, but the curves around it have been created to make Godzilla more muscular to deliver a visually higher striking impact. Outback, the taillights have been redesigned as a floating feature with hollow centers and thin ring shapes. A large adjustable rear wing completes the look.

Like all GT-Rs, this one is powered by Nissan's twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine, but one that has been worked over by NISMO with some GT3 racing technology, like upsized turbos and intercoolers, heavy-duty connecting rods, pistons, crankshaft and bearings, revised camshafts, higher-capacity fuel injectors and optimized ignition intake and exhaust systems.

The rear end is the most outlandish part of the vehicle, carved out to look like a modular piece - a design emphasised by, you guessed it, yet more gold.

'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.

Nissan emphasises that this is not the next-generation GT-R, but rather "an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way". Nissan GT-R celebrated its 50th birthday and Japan based automaker collaborated with Italdesign for first time to create "limitless" GT-R.

Italdesign and Nissan also reworked the car's cabin, eliminating the standard dashboard-mounted infotainment screen and refinishing the dash in Alcantara.

Helping with overall driving performance is a full suspension overhaul with Bilstein DampTronic dampers, while the brakes adopt six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo items, and there's a reinforced six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The GT-R50 will premiere in Europe next month. The GT-R's "samurai sword" air vents aft of the front wheels have been lengthened and are again embellished with gold inlays. There are Italian letter seats to sit on and the gold accents from the exterior pop up again on the instruments and switchgear.

The exterior is covered with a "Liquid Kinetic Gray" paint job, which is accented by "Energetic Sigma Gold" and custom 21-inch wheels. "The bespoke steering wheel's central hub and spokes are made of carbon fiber, while the rim features a flat bottom and matching Alcantara trim". Michelin Pilot Super Sports finish off the handling upgrades. It's being conjured up as a co-development project with design firm Italdesign, a company that's also celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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