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04-07-2018 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

Nissan and Italdesign to Unveil 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R50

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

The Nissan GT-R super sports car will celebrate its 50th birthday. For two anniversaries, the Japanese-based company are launching an exclusive prototype of the GT-R50 in collaboration with designer Italdesign Giugiaro. 

Nissan and Italdesign have debuted a prototype to commemorate both the 50th anniversary of the Nissan sports car GT-R, erstwhile Skyline, as well as the Italian design firm. The Nissan GT-R50 is based on the current Nissan GT-R Nismo. Nissan designed the exterior and interior, while Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The super sport car is somewhat longer wider and lower than the basic version, measuring 4,784 mm long, 1,992 millimetres wide and 1,316 millimetres high. According to Nissan, this special model does not preview the next generation of the GT-R.

The two-tone Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features a gold painted radiator grille; the door mirrors, as well as the rear section and air intakes and outlets also glow in gold. The thin headlights, which are drawn far into the bonnet, carry four LED elements. The side view offers the now characteristic roofline of the GT-R. A large wing is mounted on the broad rear with a long window and round lights. Golden highlights can also be found in the interior, as well as carbon fibre, Alcantara and leather. The GTR-50’s instrument cluster is fully digital.

Nissan GT-R50 draws on the GT3 racing series

The prototype has also been technically revised: new GT3 turbochargers and larger intercoolers, as well as further technical modifications to the hand-made 3.8-litre six-cylinder petrol engine, drive the output to 530 kW (720 hp); its torque is rated at 780 newton metres. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed transmission and stronger differentials direct the power to all four wheels. A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the Bilstein continuously adjustable damping system. The six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes are from Brembo.

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