This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-R and Italian styling house Italdesign. So the two companies have teamed up to build a completely redesigned Nissan GT-R, with fancy styling and of course more power than usual.
The Nissan GT-R50 is based on a standard GT-R NISMO, but with a completely new body. The new, lower bonnet has a prominent bulge, while the new front bezel is decorated with gold accents. The gold theme continues at the rear of the car. The roof line has been lowered by 2.1 inches, the rear fenders are flared outwards and the rear window now falls lower than the normal car. "Floating" taillights complete the visual transformation on the back of the car.
Italdesign and Nissan have also redesigned the car's cab, eliminating the standard dashboard infotainment screen and painting the dashboard in Alcantara. Gold accents adorn the interior, behind the carbon steering wheel sits a new, racy instrument cluster.
"How many times will you ask, 'What if we could get a GT-R without frontiers, and then actually get to build it?" Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president of global design, said in a statement. "Although this is not the next generation GT-R, it's an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way." Of course, Nissan's engineers also got the GT-R NISMO on a steroidal diet to get even more power out of its 3.8-liter V6 engine with twin turbocharging. New features include new turbochargers from the GT-R GT3 race car, larger intercoolers, harder engine internals, stronger axles and a more robust dual-clutch transmission. The result is 710 horsepower and 575 pound-foot of torque. Also, the Bilstein Damptronic adaptive suspension has been retuned and the Brembo calipers are now painted red and sit behind 21-inch wheels.
The Nissan GT-R50 will debut in Europe in July. It's called a "prototype," which means that the likelihood that a production model will reach showrooms is practically nil. But it can not be denied that Italdesign's work has created the most eye-catching GT-R of the R35 generation.