Nissan’s GT-R turns 50 the same year as famed design house Italdesign, so the two have joined forces for a GT-R prototype with a twist. It's on show at Goodwood

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign could enter production as a limited-run, £800,000 hypercar, the brand has announced. 

The car made its first appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and will enter limited production of around 50 units if received warmly enough by spectators. Italdesign would be in charge of production, and each car would feature elements bespoke to each customer.

The GT-R50 was revealed late last month as a one-off collaboration between Nissan and the design house to celebrate 50 years of the GT-R and Italdesign. 

Based on the GT-R Nismo, the GT-R50 is Nissan and Italdesign’s first collaboration, although the development, engineering and building of the car was all Italdesign’s work, while the design was undertaken at Nissan’s London and San Diego design centres. 

No element of the car’s outward appearance remains untouched, including the roofline, which has been lowered by 54mm. It’s longer, wider and lower to the ground than the Nismo on which it’s based, however.

Gold highlights are used throughout the dramatically restyled exterior, while the car’s original features have been exaggerated, and aerodynamically improved. This includes a huge adjustable rear wing. 

Performance has been boosted to fit the car’s special prototype status, and the 3.8-litre V6 engine now produces 710bhp and 575lb ft - up from the 592bhp and 481lb ft of the ‘regular’ GT-R Nismo. 

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Race-spec turbochargers have been fitted, as have a larger intercooler system, adjustable dampers and heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, bearings and connecting rods. Upgraded intake and exhaust systems also help to achieve the 118bhp boost. 

Nissan was quick to point out that the car is not related to the next-generation GT-R, which is due around 2020, but wouldn’t comment on whether Italdesign would have a hand in the next GT-R’s development. That car is expected to have a high-output hybrid powertrain and retain its four-wheel-drive drivetrain.

“How often do you get to ask ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits?’ and then actually get to build it?” said design boss Alfonso Albaisa. “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.”

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29 June 2018

 A very tasteful buff up?, yes, yes it is, I like Ital little design cues the Gold detailing is over the top the front is spot on and it has enough power too.

Peter Cavellini.

29 June 2018
The Italians have put Godzilla on a diet and given it some relatively tasteful bling. Bellissimo. Not sure about that rear window treatment though.

29 June 2018

 Rear windows are going to be redundant in 10-15 years maybe because we’ll have Cameras instead of Mirrors, anti collision software so to an extent we should be safer....?

Peter Cavellini.

29 June 2018

Is there a certain irony in ItalDesign's finest work for anyone, now that they're owned by Volkswagen, is for Nissan, of the rival Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi alliance? The car is superb, the politics must be weird. Why not a Reinterpretation of the Ur Quattro?

Maybe it's some sort of declaration of independence?

29 June 2018

A bit odd,  but then I don't understand their role within Audi and the wider VAG now either, especially in terms of styling as VAG have such a corporate look to their products

9 July 2018

 Sorry, as fantastic a Car as the standard one is a limited edition at this price is taking the Urine to a whole new level, who in there right mind would say...hmmm.....£800K ?

Peter Cavellini.

10 July 2018

The gold accents are great, recall Audi 200 of the eighties with matt gold, instead of chrome, window trim.

Don't like the lack of rear vision. No technology can replace direct visibility out.

12 July 2018

wow, this car is very nice, i like this one.

temple run 3

12 July 2018

Arabs and morons line up here!

12 July 2018

£800,000 eh?  That's a lot of money to pay for a company who's CV includes redesigned the Marina in to the Morris Ital.


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