The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Italdesign and the GT-R.
Italdesign, which is owned by the VW Group, developed, engineered and built the car. Elsewhere 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.
The Nissan GT-R50 – Very Futuristic!
Under the bonnet is the GT-R’s familiar 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. This has been uprated 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 gearbox and diff are beefed up as well.
All together the GT-R50 delivers 710 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque.
In a statement made by Nissan’s design boss Alfonso Albaisa,
“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,”
“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.”
With that said, this anniversary edition will certainly make an impact and we look forward to what the the next generation ‘R36’ GT-R has to offer!
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