While it looks like it should be the next generation of Nissan GT-R (we’re waiting, Nissan!), this is actually the result of a collaboration between the the Japanese marque and the Italian coach builders, Italdesign, to mark the 50th birthday of the GTR name and Italdesign company.
So what do we think of this Japenese-Italian concoction named the GT-R50? First of all, there’s a lot of gold. Nissan’s design boss, Alfonso Albaisa, asks the question: “What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” That would explain the gold then. Trace the lines to the rear from the striking LED strips at the front and you’ll find yourself gazing at an active rear wing. Of course, it’s surrounded by gold, but could be a hint of what could be coming when Nissan do decide to re-work the R35.
Work down and the iconic rear lights remain, although this time hollowed out in a style reminiscent to the Ford GT. And if you squint your eyes just enough, you can make out what looks to be a rear diffuser to aid the aero of the car. In fact, the roofline of the whole car sits 54mm lower and maintains air channels which pushes air to important places like the rear wing.
Of course, no upgrade is finished unless power is added, so the good boys and girls from NISMO have turned up the volume to the sound of 711bhp from the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6. Of course, this comes from beefed up GT3 competition-spec turbochargers, better cooling, reinforced crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, and bearings, and an exhaust just to put the very loud cherry on the cake. And to cope with all this extra power, the gearbox has been on a high protein diet to cope with the 575lb ft of torque.
The suspension has also been replaced with Bilstein adjustable dampers, and this Nissan’s walking about with a set of carbon fibre shoes.
As you can tell, no corners were cut with the build, and here’s to hoping they’ll take plenty of notes from this when the R36 ideas start circling Nissan.♦ Follow Grand Tour Nation on Google News