Italdesign helps create Nissan GT-R50 for 50th anniversary

June 29, 2018

A very special Nissan GT-R is being created, called the GT-R50, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT-R nameplate. It’s being conjured up as a co-development project with design firm Italdesign, a company that’s also celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Nissan GT-R50 is based on the hardcore GT-R Nismo variant, only the body and interior have been completely redesigned for an exclusive look and character. For the exterior Italdesign has come up with a unique golden two-tone effect, with highlighting around the front grille and bespoke panelling surrounding the rear windscreen.

This bespoke panel wraps around the rear windscreen and melts down to create an all-new rear fascia. It leaves circular taillights that protrude outward, with a twin-strutted race-like wing mounted on the boot. None of this is featured on the regular GT-R (review, 0-100 and POV Great Ocean Road video here), or Nismo for that matter. It’s spectacular.

From the sides you might notice the roofline is actually 54mm lower, creating a supercar-like profile. And the standard wheels have been replaced by some custom items that measure 21 inches, and spread 10 inches wide on the front and 10.5 inches on the rear.

It will need more tyre as the engine has been modified quite a bit. Under the bonnet, the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 has been tuned to produce 530kW (720PS) and 780Nm. There’s no mention of the acceleration potential at this point, but given the standard 419kW GT-R offers a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 2.7 seconds, we’d be estimating around 2.5 seconds here. At this stage the output figures are only estimates by Nissan, and could in fact be higher once it’s finalised.

The engine uses GT3-spec turbochargers, larger intercoolers, heavy-duty pistons and conrods, high-flow oil jets, altered camshaft profiles, higher-flowing injectors, and new intake and exhaust systems for better flow. The differentials and driveshafts are also stronger.

Helping with overall driving performance is a full suspension overhaul with Bilstein DampTronic dampers, while the brakes adopt six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo items, and there’s a reinforced six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Big changes are made to the interior as well, with Alcantara for the fixture trimming, and black Italian leather for the seats. There’s also exclusive carbon fibre highlights used extensively throughout the cabin. Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, said:

“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.”

Unfortunately for fans and collectors the Nissan GT-R50 won’t be going into production. It’s a one-off creation made purely for celebratory purposes only. Even still, it’s pretty freakin’ awesome, don’t you think?

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.