The ItalDesign Nissan GT-R50 In All Its Glory

Nissan GT-R50 by ItalDesign

The ItalDesign Nissan GT-R50

Since launching the first modern-day Nissan GT-R production model in 2007, the Japanese automaker stamped their authority in style. Subsequent models included the Black Edition, Nissan GT-R Premium, SpecV, GT-R Nismo and the GT-R Nismo N-Attack. Now, celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary, they have launched the Nissan GT-R50.

Even from the earlier models, Nissan chief creative officer, Shirō Nakamura who likened the GT-R to the giant robots of the Gundam series and said: “The Nissan GT-R is unique because it is not simply a copy of a European-designed Sports car; it had to really reflect Japanese culture.”

While all the previous versions were sublime in their own right, the Nissan GT-R50 is a different animal altogether. It offers an impressive 530 kW of pure grunt and exceptional refinement combining Japanese efficiency and Italian craftsmanship. The automaker is only building 50 models, each with a price tag of at least $1 million.

Developing The Nissan GT-R50 Hypercar

For those who didn’t know, ItalDesign was responsible for the additional engineering and not Nissan or Nismo from the earlier models. While details are minimal, there are enough elements of truth in the story to suggest its credibility. It all started when the legendary design house approached Nissan and suggested that they create a million-euro version of the Nissan GT-R because they and the GT-R were turning 50.

Even though Audi now owns ItalDesign, they are still free to work with whomever they wish and they certainly did. The Director of Style at ItalDesign is Filippo Perini who was also the design boss at Lamborghini when they turned the $200,000 Murcielago into the million-euro Reventon. From their extensive industry experience, they believed the GT-R was a sure thing as it had already been in production for 11 years.

The Japanese automaker insisted on doing the styling where Nissan Design Europe would do the body and Nissan Design America the interior. ItalDesign was left to do the all-important engineering work and for good reason. They have the experience and gumption to do the engineering work as they did the Audi Q2 from initial sketch to pre-production.

Flawless Nissan GT-R50 Design

There is no denying that the GT-R50 looks absolutely incredible from every angle and reflects a true reimagining of the Nissan GT-R. After a successful global tour with the GT-R50 prototype appearing at Goodwood, Spa-Francorchamps, Nissan Crossing and more, there is more good news. They will produce a customer version inspired by the prototype where customers can choose their preferred colour scheme which moves away from the grey-and-gold concept car and bright blue production prototype.

This means that every Nissan GT-R50 can essentially be completely different and tailored to each individual. As it stands, the starting price for one of these automotive masterpieces will start at €990 000. Based on the current exchange rate, that’s about R15,5 million.

It might be new but it’s still instantly familiar with every nook and cranny reminiscent of the stock GT-R. That said, they have progressed and considerably so with a more aggressive look all the way to a 50 mm lower roofline. It also boasts a Samurai blade cooling outlets behind the front wheels, new lights, driver adjustable rear wing and custom 21-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

On the inside, the new model gets the standard Nissan GT-R unit plus its infotainment screen instead of the motorsport-derived Motec CDL3 screen. The interior uses two different types of carbon fibre finishes on the centre console, instrument panel and door lining. A bespoke steering wheel features carbon fibre and Alcantara trim while the seats are fine black Italian leather and black Alcantara.

Nissan GT-R50 Specifications

With Nissan’s extensive GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organisation further enhanced the hand-built 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT engine. It now produces an estimated 530 kW bhp and 780 Nm of torque. They also drastically enlarged the intercoolers while adding new pistons, a new camshaft and improved oil injectors. The Nissan GT-R50 also received an upgraded Bilstein suspension and six-piston Brembo braking system to help handle the sheer amount of power.

While they are only producing 50 models with a rather hefty price tag, the Nissan GT-R50 looks sensational. Perhaps this is the next poster on many a wall. Keep reading our blogs or follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date information on all the latest developments in the motoring world.


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