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Nissan and Italdesign to unveil ultra-limited GT-R prototype




 
 
YOKOHAMA, Japan/TURIN, Italy – Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype vehicle – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – in their first-ever collaboration.
Based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO model, the unique car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign and will make its debut in Europe next month.
"How often do you get to ask, 'What if we created a GT-R without limits,' and then actually get to build it?" said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president for global design. "This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership."
Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.
 
Design at its best
Starting at the front, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features a distinct golden inner element that stretches across almost the full width of the vehicle. The hood has a more pronounced power bulge, and the thin LED headlights stretch from the wheel arch to the lip above the outer cooling intakes

Dominating the side view, the distinctive roofline has been lowered by 54 millimeters and features a lower center section, while the slightly raised outer portions give the roof profile a muscular look. The signature GT-R "samurai blade" cooling outlets behind the front wheels have gained more prominence with a gold inlay and extends from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line.
The rear highlights the car's wide track with taut, muscular flares around the wheels. The shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window and draws toward the center of the trunk lid. In a dramatic fashion, the rear window line descends longer and deeper than on the standard car. Combined with more gold elements, it appears as a separate modular element of the rear structure.
The GT-R's twin round taillights have been reimagined as a separate "floating" feature with thin light rings and hollow centers, mounted so as to join the outer buttress and the central portion of the trunk structure. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. Custom wheels – 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear – accentuate the car's bold stance. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.
Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara® and fine black Italian leather on the seats. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment across the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear. The bespoke steering wheel's central hub and spokes are made of carbon fiber, while the rim features a flat bottom 
 
Pure performance plus
Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan's GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Changes to the power plant include optimized twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels.
A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic® I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine's power.
"Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way – wrapping one of Nissan's best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding," said Albaisa.
 
 
 
Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign prototype key specifications
Base vehicle
Nissan GT-R NISMO
Overall length
4784mm / 188.3 inches  (Standard NISMO: 4690 mm / 184.6 in)
Overall width
1992mm / 78.4 inches  (Standard NISMO: 1895 mm / 74.6 in)
Overall height
1316mm / 51.8 inches  (Standard NISMO: 1370 mm / 53.9 in)
Wheelbase
2780mm / 109.4 inches  (identical)
Engine
3.8-liter VR38DETT by NISMO; 
720 ps (estimated) @ 7100 rpm
780 N-m (estimated) @ 3600-5600 rpm
Driveline
Mid-mounted front engine / rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive
Gearbox
Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle
Suspension
BILSTEIN DampTronic® I damping system
Brakes
Brembo, with 2-piece floating drilled disc
Front: 6-piston monoblock caliper; 390 x 32.6 mm 
Rear: 4-piston monoblock caliper; 380 x 30mm
Wheels (inches)
Front: 21 x 10J
Rear: 21 x 10.5J
Tires
Michelin Pilot Super Sport; Front: 255/35 R21 Rear: 285/30 R21
 



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Pretty cool 😎

Can we get it without the gold accents? Hehe

So initial thoughts are the front "mouth" grill area im really liking that and wouldnt mind seeing a future production R36 with some hints of that but I think Nissan is all in on the even bigger V motion for next gen. the front on this design is modern but still has the muscle and brute look a GTR is known for. As for the Ferrari 488esque headlights I guess they had to throw in some italian in there somewhere.   but its the car inside a car look of the rear that looses me just a bit as the main issue with the rear is the area around the tailights its too concave looking. but I get it needs that to accentuate the 2020 concept style tails.   I think the active wing is a nice modern touch though that goes with the overall look.

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Saw this shortly ago as well. Definitely love some things about it, some things not as much. Still think I prefer a 17-18 Nismo.

Will this be produced and sold, or is it just a one-off? I ask because I’m about to pull the trigger on a Nismo and the only hesitation I’ve had is that I’ve had the feeling a 2019 updated R35, or an R36 will be announced soon.

And then this GT-R50 comes out...
Two things that go together JDM & Italian flair.... Not feeling it for the most part. I do like the wheels though.

it looks a bit weird lol .. not sure about it!

Front looks good tho.. reminds me of Aston Martin Vulcane!

Rear is horrible :doh: that shoved off rear window all the way down make it looks like some cracked head opened with a bullet lol

Parts of it are really nice, the gold makes it look like it's eating another car or vomiting one up (like the BMW I8 or that One off Ferrari popping a Challenger).

 

I really like the active win and the mirrors.

i just get my first GT-R and now i want to sell it for this lol 

 

seems like a lot of other super cars mashed together but i like it.

 

ferrari headlights, lambo seat accents, ford gt rear end, and veyron looking wing.

 

also the side grills look like the IDX concept a bit. regardless i personally like this concept.

The interior is killer, exterior......not so much.

The interior is killer, exterior......not so much.

 

but weren't we always taught its whats on the inside that matters?.........lol

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Tf happened to it's quad exhaust?

Interior looks good, wish this "new" design would've saved some weight however

Nope...Hate the V motion look

I think a Sherman Tank would have better visibility out of it than that design.
I think it hints at the fact that they are still interested in developing a R36 and it does look odd because theyre trying to fit new design cues into the current model but these design cues (like the front mouth, the rear halo lights, active gigantic spoiler, and a more premium carbon fiber interior) are looking sharp. The back is actually a wide body. They even relocated the fuel filler door.

I think it hints at the fact that they are still interested in developing a R36 and it does look odd because theyre trying to fit new design cues into the current model but these design cues (like the front mouth, the rear halo lights, active gigantic spoiler, and a more premium carbon fiber interior) are looking sharp. The back is actually a wide body. They even relocated the fuel filler door.

Agreed.

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YOKOHAMA, Japan/TURIN, Italy – Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype vehicle – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – in their first-ever collaboration.
Based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO model, the unique car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign and will make its debut in Europe next month.
"How often do you get to ask, 'What if we created a GT-R without limits,' and then actually get to build it?" said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president for global design. "This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership."
Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.
 
Design at its best
Starting at the front, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features a distinct golden inner element that stretches across almost the full width of the vehicle. The hood has a more pronounced power bulge, and the thin LED headlights stretch from the wheel arch to the lip above the outer cooling intakes

Dominating the side view, the distinctive roofline has been lowered by 54 millimeters and features a lower center section, while the slightly raised outer portions give the roof profile a muscular look. The signature GT-R "samurai blade" cooling outlets behind the front wheels have gained more prominence with a gold inlay and extends from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line.
The rear highlights the car's wide track with taut, muscular flares around the wheels. The shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window and draws toward the center of the trunk lid. In a dramatic fashion, the rear window line descends longer and deeper than on the standard car. Combined with more gold elements, it appears as a separate modular element of the rear structure.
The GT-R's twin round taillights have been reimagined as a separate "floating" feature with thin light rings and hollow centers, mounted so as to join the outer buttress and the central portion of the trunk structure. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. Custom wheels – 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear – accentuate the car's bold stance. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.
Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara® and fine black Italian leather on the seats. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment across the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear. The bespoke steering wheel's central hub and spokes are made of carbon fiber, while the rim features a flat bottom 
 
Pure performance plus
Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan's GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Changes to the power plant include optimized twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels.
A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic® I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine's power.
"Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way – wrapping one of Nissan's best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding," said Albaisa.
 
 
 
Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign prototype key specifications
Base vehicle
Nissan GT-R NISMO
Overall length
4784mm / 188.3 inches  (Standard NISMO: 4690 mm / 184.6 in)
Overall width
1992mm / 78.4 inches  (Standard NISMO: 1895 mm / 74.6 in)
Overall height
1316mm / 51.8 inches  (Standard NISMO: 1370 mm / 53.9 in)
Wheelbase
2780mm / 109.4 inches  (identical)
Engine
3.8-liter VR38DETT by NISMO; 
720 ps (estimated) @ 7100 rpm
780 N-m (estimated) @ 3600-5600 rpm
Driveline
Mid-mounted front engine / rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive
Gearbox
Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle
Suspension
BILSTEIN DampTronic® I damping system
Brakes
Brembo, with 2-piece floating drilled disc
Front: 6-piston monoblock caliper; 390 x 32.6 mm 
Rear: 4-piston monoblock caliper; 380 x 30mm
Wheels (inches)
Front: 21 x 10J
Rear: 21 x 10.5J
Tires
Michelin Pilot Super Sport; Front: 255/35 R21 Rear: 285/30 R21
 



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Whats that in hp and ft/lbs and any idea of cost?

Whats that in hp and ft/lbs and any idea of cost?

 

720ps is like 710HP

 

i would guess if the Nismo MSRP is 175 this will easily be $200+ MSRP at 700+HP and all the new body/int and tech upgrades.

 

then again 50th anniversary is 2021 so inflation, cost of material, and whatnot could change that

Yeah but what about the non Nismo version? Same old engine but already 710 hp out of the box ... will def demolish R8 and Performante and MaClaren.

Its ok to be heavy to keep the cost down without going all carbon fiber or cheap like plastic. Just need more power and more aero. At the end, it is about the power to ground ratio. You can have a light car but tones of power without the aero will overwhelm it.

I smell a $200k price tag. 

Holy shit that's ugly as F***! 

I'm liking that interior a lot thought, nice simple race car style.

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Thanks for the info MC! I agree with Alex and I’m gonna pass on that! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Agree. The rear slopes down and doesnt keep the upsloping aggressive side profile of the GTR. I would want that wing elevated at all times for this reason alone.

In addition the curves in that rear bumper are more in line with Ferrari and stray too far from the original GTR design. This curvy recessed bumper doesnt belong on the angular GTR period. If they modified the present bumper with the turbine designed tail lights and automated spoiler I think that would have been killer.

Keep the present profile and rear bumper of the GTR please. Otherwise good job!

So initial thoughts are the front "mouth" grill area im really liking that and wouldnt mind seeing a future production R36 with some hints of that but I think Nissan is all in on the even bigger V motion for next gen. the front on this design is modern but still has the muscle and brute look a GTR is known for. As for the Ferrari 488esque headlights I guess they had to throw in some italian in there somewhere.   but its the car inside a car look of the rear that looses me just a bit as the main issue with the rear is the area around the tailights its too concave looking. but I get it needs that to accentuate the 2020 concept style tails.   I think the active wing is a nice modern touch though that goes with the overall look.