Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign comes with Japanese soul and Italian style

The Italidesign presents the first production version of the Nissan GT-R 50, which was originally unveiled in 2018. It is limited to 50 units, and each will carry a price tag of €990,000 ($1 million), with plenty of space for customization. The deliveries are expected between the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.

The Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign is the result of the collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the GT-R and Italdesign. The technology on the vehicle is all Japanese, but the style is purely made in Italy.

Based on the Nissan GT-R Nismo, the GT-R 50 differs greatly from this in its design. It is also possible to see the GT-R in the GT-R 50 by Italdesign in general proportions and contours – although 54mm lower – but many elements have been redesigned. The most distinctive part of the renovated design is found at the rear.

Nissan GT-R 50 rear
Nissan GT-R 50 rear

It is from this basis that Italdesign’s work started. The GT-R stripped off its armor and wore an elegant and tailor-made suit, which enhances its sportiness by lightening its line. Thinner strokes and inserts of a different color to that of the bodywork make the style more streamlined, together with more tapered panels and rear design, without forgetting efficiency and downforce, as evidenced by the rear wing.

In addition to the unique design, the GT-R’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 also deserved particular attention. It delivers the power of up to 720 HP and 780 Nm. This is a record performance for the original unit of the Japanese company, which has taken advantage of the experience gained in competitions to ensure maximum performance.

It's undergoing shakedown testing in Italy.
It’s undergoing shakedown testing in Italy.

The motor received new superchargers, optimized intake, and exhaust. Elements of the all-wheel-drive system and gearbox were replaced with more durable ones. Among the features, it is also worth noting the unique 21-inch wheels as well as Brembo brakes with red calipers and a modified Bilstein adjustable suspension.

The set-up tests, although slowed down by the COVID-19 emergency, have almost come to an end, and for this reason, Italdesign and Nissan have confirmed their intention to respect the expected delivery terms.