Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype vehicle – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – in their first-ever collaboration.
Based on a production GT-R NISMO model, the one-off car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign and will make its debut in Europe next month.
Italdesign was responsible for developing, engineering and building the prototype, while the exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.
Starting at the front, the car features a distinct golden inner element that stretches across almost the full width of the vehicle. The hood has a more pronounced power bulge, and the thin LED headlights stretch from the wheel arch to the lip above the outer cooling intakes.
Viewed from the side, the roofline has been lowered by 54 mm and also features a lower centre section. The signature GT-R “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels have gained more prominence with a gold inlay and extends from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line.
The rear sees the car’s shoulder line taper around the base of the rear window, drawing towards the centre of the boot lid. The rear window line also descends longer and deeper than on the standard car. Combined with more gold elements, it is styled to appear as a separate modular element of the rear structure.
The GT-R’s twin round taillights, meanwhile, have been reimagined as a separate “floating” feature with thin light rings and hollow centres, mounted so as to join the outer buttress and the central portion of the trunk structure. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look.
On the car’s inside, the cabin features two different carbon-fibre finishes used across the centre console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara and black leather on the seats. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment across the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear. The bespoke steering wheel’s central hub and spokes are made of carbon-fibre, while the rim features a flat bottom and matching Alcantara trim.
Underneath, the GT-R50 is powered by a 3.8-litre V6 that has been boosted to produce an estimated 710 bhp and 575 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed transmission.
Chassis details include a revised suspension, featuring the Bilstein DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system, while Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes sit behind custom 21-inch wheels.
“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” says Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. “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.”