Automotive consultancy Italdesign and the Nissan GT-R both turn 50 this year, which provided the perfect reason for the Italian and Japanese companies to collaborate on a project; enter the dramatic-looking Nissan GT-R50.

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Signature elements

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car that was designed by Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America. As you can see in the pics a bold colour choice of gold is used to highlight several of the design cues.

These include the element that stretches across almost the full width of the face of the car, air vents as well as the completely redesigned rear end. The GT-R’s distinctive glasshouse has lowered by 54 mm and features a lower centre section. Rear haunches boast muscular flares around the wheels.

The GT-R’s twin round taillights have been retained, but in a new execution as “floating” feature with thin light rings and hollow centers. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look.

New inside

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 has been given a complete makeover. Two different carbon-fibre finishes are extensively used across the console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather on the seats.

Gold accents continue in the cabin across the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear. The instrument cluster is a racecar-like digital unit.


The Nissan Nismo GT-R50 is based on the Nismo version and has been breathed on by the automaker’s in-house tuning arm. Power from the 3,8-litre twin-turbo V6 is rated at 530 kW with 780 N.m of torque. Helping deal with excess power is a reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts.

This is a design showcase, a GT-R without constraints of legislation or large-scale manufacturing, so don’t expect to see a production version any time soon… or ever.