The Nissan GT-R celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the Japanese automaker decided to celebrate in style. Nissan has teamed up with legendary design company Italdesign, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and developed a unique GT-R with the aptly named GT-R50.
First of all, we can tell you that this is not the case for the much-discussed next-generation GT-R. While the car has not been completely redesigned in about a decade, Nissan is not yet ready to launch a new model. The GT-R50 was just an excuse for designers to move their creative muscles and build a car beyond the limitations of standard production vehicles, said Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa 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 ̵
What has a design team done with one of the world's most powerful production series cars? As with the standard GT-R, the styling of the GT-R50 is likely to receive mixed reviews. The GT-R50 retains the same layout of the standard GT-R and adds a little more flair. The roof is lower, the body sides are more curvy, and the taillights are proud of the body and give the rear a look similar to the 2014 Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo. Golden accents make heads turn as the car drives by ,
Inside, the changes were not that dramatic. The interior looks similar to a standard GT-R cabin, but is fitted with a different blend of materials, including carbon fiber trim and golden accents that blend in with the exterior. Nissan and Italdesign also adapted a new steering wheel and a race car-style digital instrument cluster.
Under the skin, the GT-R50 is based on the GT-R NISMO, the most powerful production GT-R variant. But the hand-built 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V6 now produces 710 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, compared to 600 horsepower and 481 lb-ft in the GT-R NISMO stock. This is due to the larger turbochargers borrowed from the GT-R GT3 race car and other changes to the engine. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission, differentials and drive shafts were beefed up to handle the extra power, and the suspension was also revised.
The Nissan GT-R50 will debut in July at an event in Europe. We would not be surprised if some of the styling elements of the one-off car will make it to the next generation GT-R production model when it arrives.