If you have just completed 50 years in the automotive industry, what do you do? You search around, find a design house that has also completed this milestone and collaborate for a one-off limited edition product based on your existing flagship. Nissan and Italdesign, both of whom have completed 50 years with the iconic GT-R and designing cars, have collaborated for the ultra exclusive GT-R50. Based on the Nissan GT-R Nismo 2018, the GT-R50 will be unveiled in Europe this month. Nissan’s European design centre helped outline the car whereas Italdesign conceptualised and made the vehicle.
A distinct yellow line underlines the entire design of the car. Italdesign has added a more prominent power bulge on the hood while the thin LED headlights look super cool stretching right up to the outer cooling intakes. Speaking of which these air intakes are now more prominent and look sinister. The ground clearance has been lowered by 54mm and the side flanks give the car a more muscular look. The rear windowline too looks deeper now and adds to the overall design of the car’s bespoke nature. The iconic round lights at the rear now feature a focused floating design theme and look very cool. There is also the thin LED strip within them that light up the entire rear section nicely. Of course, a Nismo fettled car cannot be complete without huge rims and a spoiler at the back. These two standout nicely with the overall theme that Italdesign has selected for this car. This GT-R50 will be available only in a single gray colour.
Black Italian leather is used for the seats while two different carbon fibre inlays have been configured for the dashboard and centre console. The same golden line running across the outside can also be seen interspersing with the dashboard theme.
The turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT engine receives bigger turbochargers from Nissan’s GT3 department, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition,heavy-duty crankshaft,intake and exhaust systems. The gearbox is a dual clutch 6-speed unit that has been recalibarated to transfer the 720PS of power and 780Nm of torque to the rear wheels. Nissan also offers part-time all-wheel drive. Bigger and grippier Michelin Pilot Sport tyres as well as equally potent Brembo brakes put all those performance on the road.