Review

Nissan GT-R50

by staff writer JP

This Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign made its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018

The first ever collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the GT-R50 prototype shown at Goodwood commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R in 2019, and Italdesign in 2018. Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design suggested he has wanted to showcase a unique vehicle that will stir the imagination of people to dream even bigger and the GT-R50 realises this ambition brilliantly.

Following a world tour of the GT-R50, it is hoped a customer version inspired by the prototype may be created. No more than 50 units would be produced by Italdesign – with each car tailored for each customer and a price estimated to start at around ?900,000.

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign starts with Nissan’s latest GT-R NISMO and remoulds it with a European style craftsmanship and tailoring. With a special power plant that boasts up to 120PS over the standard engine, as well as chassis and driveline upgrades.

"We’ve a long history of making our customers’ dreams come true and we brought a true GT-R fantasy to life"
Joerg Astalosch, CEO Italdesign-Giugiaro S.p.A.

Performance backs up the new look
Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs originated from Nissan Design Europe and Nissan Design America. Key design features include a pronounced power bulge on the hood, stretched LED headlights, a lowered roofline.

There is also prominent ‘samurai blade’ cooling outlets behind the front wheels. An in-your-face adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completing the overall look. The exterior is finished in a Liquid Kinetic Gray color, with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings. The seats feature black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment throughout the cockpit.

Underneath its new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan’s extensive GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organisation enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720PS and 780 Nm of torque. A revised Bilstein suspension damping system and upgraded Brembo braking system help handle the extra power.