And it could make it into production

Almost 11 years old as of 2018, the Nissan GT-R is pretty long in the tooth. And, even though sales have dropped dramatically in recent years, Nissan is still keeping the supercar into production with mild upgrades. With a new-generation model underway, the Japanese firm teamed up with Italdesign to build the most extreme GT-R to date. It’s called the GT-R50 and will make its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week.

The Japanese firm says that the prototype "could become the blueprint for an extremely limited run of hand-built production vehicles."

The first-even cooperation between Nissan and the famed Italian design company, the GT-R50 will showcased as a concept car. However, the Japanese firm says that the prototype "could become the blueprint for an extremely limited run of hand-built production vehicles." The concept also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the "GT-R" badge and Italdesign.

Although it remains familiar by design, the GT-R50 is significantly different from the regular GT-R. The front fascia has a bigger opening, while the headlamps have been reshaped and now feature horizontal LED strips. The splitter is also bigger than the GT-R Nismo model it is based on. The roof was reshaped too, now sporting a double-bubble design that harkens back to vintage race cars. The rear fenders are beefier, while the side skirts are bigger and more aerodynamic.

Around back, the GT-R50 retains the classic quad taillight configuration, but the fascia has massive cutouts behind the round lights. A big wing that resembles the one seen on the GT-R GT3 race car sits atop the deck lid and behind the reshaped engine hood. Down below, a big splitter with vertical fins and exhaust pipes at the corners occupies almost the entire width of the bumper. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray with Energetic Sigma Gold accents.

Under the hood, the concept cars sports the familiar, hand-assembled, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6 engine, but the unit was upgraded to deliver an estimated 710 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 118 horsepower and 94 pound-feet over the stock Nissan GT-R Nismo. The extra oomph is backed by a revised Bilstein damping system and upgraded Brembo brakes.

Nissan says that if reception at Goodwood and other events is positive, a limited production run may be created by Italdesign. The GT-R50 would be limited to only 50 examples with pricing to start from around €900,000, which converts to around $1.05 million as of July 2018.

Stay tuned for the official unveiling of the GT-R50 and a full review of the concept car.

Celebrates 50 Years of GT-R and Italdesign

The GT-R nameplate celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, as the Skyline received the badge for the very first time in February 1969

Founded in 1968 in Moncalieri, Italy, Italdesign is responsible for a big number of iconic car designs, including the BMW M1, Lotus Esprit, Alfa Romeo Alfasud and Alfetta, Audi 80, Fiat Uno and Panda, Lancia Delta, Maserati MC12 and Merak, DeLorean DMC-12 and the original Volkswagen Golf. It also created concept cars like the Nazca C2, Maserati Boomerang, Volkswagen W12, Lamborghini Cala, and Ferrari GG50.

The GT-R nameplate celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, as the Skyline received the badge for the very first time in February 1969. The first-gen car was produced until 1972, while the second-generation coupe was kept on the assembly line in 1973 only. The nameplate returned from 1989 to 1994 for the Skyline R32 model and remained available with the R33 from 1995 until 1998. Produced from 1999 until 2002, the R34 was the last GT-R to also sport the Skyline name.

Further reading

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Press release

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England, on July 12.

The first-ever collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the GT-R50 prototype shown at Goodwood could become the blueprint for an extremely limited run of hand-built production vehicles. The vehicle commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R, in 2019, and Italdesign, in 2018.

"The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the ideal setting to showcase the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, which combines power and artistry to celebrate 50 years of inspiring the dreams of our customers," said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design. "Just like the prototype itself, Goodwood is a celebration of design, performance, a little indulgence and a lot of love of historic and future automotive creativity. It’s the perfect setting to showcase a unique vehicle that will stir the imagination of people to dream even bigger."

Pending the GT-R50 by Italdesign’s reception at Goodwood and other global appearances in the coming months, a customer version inspired by the prototype may be created. No more than 50 units would be produced by Italdesign – with each car tailored for each customer – with a price estimated to start at about €900,000.

Precision + craftsmanship + brute force

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign starts with Nissan’s latest GT-R NISMO and re-interprets it with a European-style sensibility – combining brute force with Italian craftsmanship and tailoring. With a special power plant that boasts up to 120PS over the stock engine, as well as chassis and driveline upgrades, performance backs up the new look.

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs originated from Nissan Design Europe and Nissan Design America. Key design features include a pronounced power bulge on the hood, stretched LED headlights, a lowered roofline, and prominent "samurai blade" cooling outlets behind the front wheels. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. The exterior is finished in a Liquid Kinetic Gray color, with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings. The seats feature black Alcantara® and fine black Italian leather. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment throughout the cockpit.

Underneath its new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan’s extensive GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720PS and 780 Nm of torque. A revised Bilstein suspension damping system and upgraded Brembo braking system help handle the extra power.

"At Italdesign, we have a long history of making our customers’ dreams come true. By joining forces now with our partners at Nissan, we brought a true GT-R fantasy to life," said Joerg Astalosch, CEO of Italdesign-Giugiaro S.p.A. "Together, we have the target that soon this ‘monster’ of a vehicle will change the lives of 50 very select enthusiasts. Their wait will soon be over."

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