Nissan And Italdesign Create The Ultimate GT-R To Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Nissan has revealed the GT-R50 by Italdesign, a prototype based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of both the iconic Japanese sports car and Italdesign.

As the GT-R turns 50, Nissan has collaborated for the first time with Italdesign to create a “limitless” GT-R. Italdesign developed, engineered and built the one-off prototype which will debut in Europe next month.

The GT-R50’s new bodywork gets a distinctive gold detailing, a new hood with a more pronounced power bulge, thin LED headlights, a lower by 54mm roofline, a steeper rake for the rear window and twin floating taillights with hollow centers, among other.

The prototype is finished in what Nissan calls “Liquid Kinetic Gray” paint finish with “Energetic Sigma Gold” accents while the wheels are custom 21-inch items.

The cabin is also bespoke, with the dashboard getting a new design that doesn’t feature an infotainment screen for a cleaner look while the instrument cluster is digital. There are two different carbon finishes used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings. Gold details match those of the exterior while black Alcantara and black leather upholstery is used for the seats.

As for the engine, a limitless GT-R should only offer the best. The hand-assembled 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 is upgraded by NISMO with larger GT3 competition-spec turbos, larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors and optimized intake and exhaust systems.  The result? 710hp (720PS) at 7100rpm and 575lb-ft (780Nm) between 3600 and 5600rpm.

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission is reinforced, while stronger differentials and drive shafts make sure that the massive power will be transmitted safely to all four wheels. The suspension utilizes Bilstein DampTronic adjustable dampers.

“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.”


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  • Christian

    BUT! Can you fit a rocket bunny bodykit on it?

  • donald seymour

    I think… I think I just … Now I got to wipe my phone off.

    • dn12005

      I am still old school…I had to wipe off my laptop.

      • nastinupe

        I’m even older, I had to wipe off my desktop.

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          I’m even more old school, I had to wipe off my typewriter

          • rodriguez256

            I’m even more old school, I stained my slab of stone.

          • Mike anonymous

            Young Chaps, I’m prehistoric by comparison, Your luck you can wipe things.. I had to throw away my sticks and pebbles (I had a down payment on them too smh)

            (That’s about 14% of things I own,. BUT unfortunately my cave insurance only covers 15% or more).

  • kevout

    If we need to remember something from that exercise, it’s that Italians (Europeans?) are much better at design than japanese…..

    • Funny you said that, since the design was done by Nissan studios in London and California, while Italdesign handle the engineering and building it.

      • kevout

        So in the end, design was not managed by Japanese 😉

  • Loved it coming, hate to see it go.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      That’s the one area I think it is lacking. I assume that spoiler is ‘active’ and when it is in the down position it settles on the lights and looks more traditional. If that is the case, then i approve. 🙂

  • Commonsenseonthefield

    You can see this previews the next generation GT-R. You can clearly see the similarities between this and the Gran Turismo vision concept. It is quite gratifying to know the GT-R will live on.

    • dn12005

      Most certainly can….and I dig it!

    • Yep, or at the very least we can expect some of the design cues for the next GT-R.

      • Mike anonymous

        This apparently won’t exactly carry over “much” into the next GT-R. The inspiration from the Nissan 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Concept, can be found in the GT-R50 Concept here.

        The GT-R50 Concept (if my knowledge on the next GT-R is correct) is based more so on the current generation than the next. The Next GT-R (while retaining the classic GT-R elements) will have a most “exotic” feel to it like the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

        Expect a mix between certain elements such as; the Tail lamps, and roof, on this (GT-R50) and the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Concept, for the next GT-R. My info may be wrong currently but this was the last I heard about it. Things can always change.

        …If it looks anything like what’s shown here I’m all for it!!!

        • Yes the car was based on MY18 GT-R Nismo, and the next gen GT-R has been rumored to have hybrid. So the car technical spec won’t be carried away.

      • Mike anonymous

        (in addition to my other comment) I was just specifically talking about the vehicles exterior and sheet-metal. I’m almost sure the engineering aspect of the GT-R50 Concept will be used in the next Generation GT-R.

  • Giziclown

    They should have hired Ikou Maeda, from Mazda…

  • iea96

    Looks like it came straight out of GTA V

  • Bo Hanan

    Nope. Thank God Nissan Design is more subtle.

  • sidewaysspin

    Italians immediately made the car look 50% more expensive.

    • nastinupe

      Not just look either lol. It’s probably 300% more expensive to actually build. Those damn Italians.

  • OptixGuru

    Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Infinite1

    Those taillights are ripped off of the Mazda concept cars. The rear end looks like a Mazda concept as well, I do like the car

    • dn12005

      Nope…from the Gran Tursimo GTR Concept in 2016

      • Infinite1

        I meaning that it’s what it looks like to me

  • Big Black Duck

    LOVE IT…

  • Saviola Seyrenia

    could be a facelift

  • FlameWater

    When a GT-R drives through a Louis-Vuitton

  • dn12005

    And…they somehow continue to squeeze even more power out of that mill.

    What is the limit to that motor?

    • Well since there is tuner that can achieved 2000hp plus from that engine, the current hp is not that surprising.

      • nastinupe

        Yeah, 700 HP is scratching the surface. That’s a chip job and an exhaust mod.

    • Jason Miller

      The VR38 is a monster. 700hp is nothing compared to what others have pulled out of it as stated by Archer here.

  • I love it, Now I’m wondering this can lead to a limited production, even with million dollars tag.

    Also funny thing is, the design comes from Nissan own studio in London and California, while Italdesign doing the engineering, you would guess the opposite thing,

  • Jason Miller

    Seeing as those images are renders, they look a lot like the handy work of Polyphony Digital. Maybe we’ll see this in Gran Turismo soon?

    • NissLover

      They may be heavily photoshopped, but the car is real. Just read the comments on Alfonso Albaisa’s (Nissan design head) Instagram speaking of the car’s presence in person. And no need to mention engine upgrades for a “digital car”

      • Jason Miller

        Exterior is hard to tell, but the interior shots are definitely rendered.

        • Matt

          The interior shots are real too. This car is about to be shown in real life so they had to actually build it.

          • Jason Miller

            As a huge Gran Turismo fan, I’ve seen plenty of PD’s work to know when something is rendered. The interior is definitely, without question, not real.

          • Matt

            Zooming in on the shots on my laptop you are probably right, the stitching and materials do in fact look rendered. Amazing render regardless.

  • AstonMartin

    Amazing looking design that likely offers clues to nex-gen GTR. Wish this was for sale as I continue to loop the video and stare.

  • exeptor

    This could very well be used as the next gen GTR. Looks very modern and distinctively GTR.

  • annon

    loose the gold accents

    • nastinupe


  • Six_Tymes

    Wow, this looks very cool. Quite distinct

  • Honda NSX-R


  • enthusia

    astonishing! 😲😍


  • ErnieB

    If that is anything like what the next GTR will look like I will start planning a heist.. anyone want to join me? That is insane!

    • dn12005

      I’m in!!!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Dunno ’bout “ultimate.”

  • SteersUright

    They should absolutely produce this car, interior and all.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I really like this. Looking forward to the R36.

  • rodriguez256

    Wow, I really like the color work and tail lights on this.

  • They should make it as the new GT-R. I’m no Nissan fan, but I like that. It’s a complicated design like Lexus, but somehow it works. And looks so much better than a current Nismo GTR.

  • GobbleUp

    What if instead of wasting time with this prototype they actually made a new GTR to sell…it’s been a decade with the tired old design already.

  • David Lee

    This looks 90% production possible. If they don’t base it on this for the next generation, it’d be super disappointing.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Gold parts aside…it looks ok…but really nothing special.

  • Rick Alexander

    My question is, “Why couldn’t Nissan make the next generation GT-R like this?” It checks all the right boxes. Sexy curvaceous shape! Check! Instantly recognizable as a GT-R. Check! Looks like it’s worth 100 grand. Check! Plenty of power. Check! Interior looks premium and upscale. Check! Build the damn thing already!!!

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