A few months ago we brought you a story of an interesting collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign that resulted in the GT-R50 by Italdesign. GT-R50 was created to celebrate the 50 year anniversaries of Nissan’s famous sportscar and the famed Italian styling house. The initial design concept was given the green light for a limited production run and today the Nissan GT-R50 production version debuted.
The Nissan GT-R50 production version, which was supposed to debut at the cancelled Geneva Motor Show, was shown at the Tazio Nuvolari circuit in Cervesina, Italy. Onlookers and viewers of the livestream were shown a car that looks somewhat different from official renderings we’ve seen to date. It may be based in the current-generation, R35 GT-R Italdesign has given the car a completely new look from end to end, a proper coach-building effort.
Italdesign dropped the roofline of the GT-R by 54 mm, and changed the shape of the glasshouse, which changes the profile. LED headlamps employed on the front create a fresher look. 21-inch alloys are of a completely new design and exclusive to this car. The rear wing is adjustable thanks to hydraulic actuators. The cabin has remained relatively unchanged from standard. However, it does make more liberal use of carbon-fibre and Alcantara.
Under its new sharper Italian suit the Nissan GT-R50 production version features the same drivetrain as any other R35 GT-R. However, the twin-turbocharged 3,8-litre V6 engine has been handed over to Nissan’s in-house speed merchants Nismo. Each of the 50 units has a hand-built motor that now cranks out 530 kW of power and 780 N.m of torque, a fair deal more than a standard GT-R. That power is delivered to a reinforced sequential six-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Helping to rein the excess power is an uprated Brembo brake set-up. Suspension specialists Bilstein reworked suspension and Michelin provided the Pilot Super Sport tyres.
Learn more about the Nissan GT-R50 production version in the video below: