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A no-limits reimagining of the Nissan GT-R. The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is an upcoming limited production version of the R35 GT-R, based on the R35 GT-R Nismo. This page will be updated with information about these cars as they become available. Production is limited to 50 units and the price starts at 990,000 euros before taxes and options.

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GT-R50 by Italdesign Prototype Press Release

Nissan Global Press Release | Japanese

2018/06/29
Nissan and Italdesign to unveil ultra-limited GT-R prototype

Based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO model, the unique car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign

YOKOHAMA, Japan/TURIN, Italy – Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype vehicle – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – in their first-ever collaboration.

Based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO model, the unique car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign and will make its debut in Europe next month.

"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."

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.


Design at its best
Starting at the front, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign 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.

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. 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 highlights the car's wide track with taut, muscular flares around the wheels. The shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window and draws toward the center of the trunk lid. In a dramatic fashion, the rear window line descends longer and deeper than on the standard car. Combined with more gold elements, it appears as a separate modular element of the rear structure.

The GT-R's twin round taillights have been reimagined as a separate "floating" feature with thin light rings and hollow centers, 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. Custom wheels – 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear – accentuate the car's bold stance. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara® and fine black Italian 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 fiber, while the rim features a flat bottom and matching Alcantara trim.


Pure performance plus
Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan's GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Changes to the power plant include optimized twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels.

A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic® I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine's power.

"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," said Albaisa.

Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign prototype key specifications
Base vehicle Nissan GT-R NISMO
Overall length 4784mm / 188.3 inches  (Standard NISMO: 4690 mm / 184.6 in)
Overall width 1992mm / 78.4 inches  (Standard NISMO: 1895 mm / 74.6 in)
Overall height 1316mm / 51.8 inches  (Standard NISMO: 1370 mm / 53.9 in)
Wheelbase 2780mm / 109.4 inches  (identical)
Engine 3.8-liter VR38DETT by NISMO;
720 ps (estimated) @ 7100 rpm
780 N-m (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 32.6 mm
Rear: 4-piston monoblock caliper; 380 x 30mm
Wheels (inches) Front: 21 x 10J
Rear: 21 x 10.5J
Tires Michelin Pilot Super Sport; Front: 255/35 R21 Rear: 285/30 R21

 

GT-R50 by Italdesign Production Design Press Release

Nissan Global Press Release | Japanese

2018/12/07
Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign production design confirmed

Official orders begin; images released of revised model

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has confirmed the production design of the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – the ultimate expression of the GT-R – and has opened the official order books for the 50-vehicle limited run.

The car’s exterior is virtually unchanged from the prototype first shown in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Pricing of the NISMO-tuned 720PS GT-R by Italdesign will start at 990,000 euros before taxes and options.

Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create the model, based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO, in commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the GT-R in 2019 and Italdesign in 2018. While the prototype vehicle was finished in a special gray with gold accents, customers will be able to specify their preferred color combinations for the production version. They also will be able to choose interior colors and packages.*

In addition to Goodwood, the GT-R50 prototype has made appearances at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the U.S. and Nissan Crossing in Tokyo’s Ginza district. It will be on display at the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama from Dec. 7.

"The reaction from Nissan fans around the world – and potential customers of the GT-R50 – has greatly exceeded our expectations,” said Bob Laishley, global sports car program director at Nissan. "These 50 cars, which celebrate 50 years of the GT-R as well as 50 years of Italdesign, will be rolling tributes to Nissan’s engineering leadership and rich sports car heritage for a long time to come.”

Customers who wish to own a GT-R50 may start by visiting www.GT-R50.nissan and contacting Italdesign to create their own bespoke car. Deliveries will begin in 2019 and will continue through 2020.

* Subject to homologation rules in the intended country of operation.

 

GT-R50 Overview

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign starts with our latest GT-R NISMO and reinterprets it with a European-style sensibility, combining Japanese performance and Italian craftsmanship. After a strong global tour with the GT-R50 prototype making appearances at Goodwood, Spa-Francorchamps, Nissan Crossing and more, a customer version inspired by the prototype will be produced, with each car tailored for each customer. Italdesign will build no more than 50 vehicles, with pricing starting at 990,000 euros.

Italdesign

One of the world’s leading companies in the provision of development services for the automotive industry. The mission of Italdesign is to provide a wide range of services dedicated to the development of new vehicles and industrial products, ranging from styling to engineering and from prototypes manufacturing to testing and validation.

Styling

While Italdesign developed, engineered and constructed the car, the distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs originated from Nissan's design centers in London and San Diego. Key design features include a pronounced power bulge on the hood, stretched LED headlights, lowered roofline and prominent "samurai blade" cooling outlets behind the front wheels. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. The exterior is finished in a "Liquid Kinetic Gray" with distinctive, "Energetic Sigma Gold" accents.

Interior

Reflecting its modern high performance pedigree, the interior of the GT-R50 features extensive use of two different carbon fiber finishes across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather on the seats. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment throughout the cockpit. The GT-R50 steering wheel is bespoke, made of carbon fiber and trimmed with Alcantara.

Performance

Drawing on Nissan's extensive GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8 liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720PS and 780Nm of torque. A revised suspension via Bilstein and upgraded Brembo braking system help handle the extra power.

 

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