Nissan, Italdesign Collaborate on GT-R Prototype

Nissan, Italdesign Collaborate on GT-R Prototype

All this is routed through a strengthened, rear-mounted six-speed dual-clutch transmission to the GT-R's magical ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, equipped with reinforced differentials and driveshafts. The tell tale Nissan GT-R twin tail lamps are present but look a lot more modern and a lot more sculptured than ever before. Well, the GT-R50's styling was left to Albaisa and his design teams in London and America. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, sized 255/35 R21 up front and 285/30 R21 at the rear, are also included. It has a distinctive interior that has a shiny gold and black tone exterior.

But you'll also note the dramatic new gold surround framing the GT-R50's massive grille - that being being the appropriate color for celebrating a 50 anniversary.

However, Nissan's senior vice president for global design added: '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'.

Based on a 2018 GT-R Nismo, the one-off design study will make its debut in Europe next month, and was developed, engineered and built entirely by the Italian design and engineering company.

The GT-R50 is based on the showroom-ready GT-R Nismo but boasts new bodywork that makes it 54mm lower and almost 100mm longer and wider.

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The roofline has been lowered by 54mm and has a lower center section along with raised outer portions.

The special tie-up prototype vehicle is to celebrate 50 years of the GT-R and 50 years of Italdesign "shaping the automotive world". The rear appears to have a separate modular element from the rest of the auto.

The Nissan GT-R50 Italdesign stands out from the hoards of brightly coloured concept cars with its rather simple and elegant grey and gild combination.

Italdesign also has tweaked the fenders to give the GT-R50 a more muscular look, framing new 21-inch rubber. The engine is tuned with larger, twin high-flow, GT3-spec turbochargers and intercoolers, heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, rods and bearings with high-flow oil jets and injectors.

We'd say the rear view is really where the GT-R50 separates itself from the common GT-R, the lustrous "liquid kinetic gray" bodywork of the flanks and roof working as a sort of shell encompassing the even more lustrous "energetic sigma gold" bodywork around the tiny windshield and re-sculpted rear fascia. Brembo six-piston brakes sit up front with four-piston units in the rear to stop the beast, and a Bilstein active suspension helps it corner. Inside, two different carbon fibres have been used todether with Alcantara and black leather.

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