Hello Beautiful: Introducing the Nissan GTR 50

September 11th, 2018 by

Hello Beautiful: Introducing the Nissan GTR 50


This awe-inducing Nissan GTR 50 comes as the result of a partnership between Nissan and Italdesign.
A commemoration of two individual 50th anniversaries, this ultra-unique prototype may be destined to become part of an extremely limited offering of hand-built production vehicles.

The gold-and-silver gem also made its debut amongst the exclusive confines of Spa Francorchamps in Belgium recently.

Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design noted that The Goodwood Festival of Speed was an ideal setting for showcasing the GT-R50’s power and artistry.

The stunning prototype makes its way to the U.S. at the end of August.

A Fine Monument

A monument to the engineering & leadership capabilities of two prestigious companies, the GT-R50 serves as an emphatic answer to the question: “What would a GT-R stripped of any limits look like?”

The answer is:

  • Stunning gold on silver design
  • 21-inch wheels
  • From the rear, sharp vertical and horizontal creases that blend into a large contoured fascia
  • A flat hood paired with thin headlights
  • A twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 that achieves 710 horsepower and 585 lb-ft of torque
  • A minimalist interior
  • A Six-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s been beefed up
  • Larger turbochargers, that come from the GT-R GT3 race car
  • Bilstein adaptive dampers and more

A Stunning Achievement

The achievement is hardly surprising when you consider Nissan and Italdesign’s combined track record.

Italdesign−which was responsible for developing, engineering, and building the GT-R50−was founded in 1968.

Since then, the company has helped Original Equipment Manufacturers the world over style and engineer a variety of globally branded vehicles. The company also engineers Ultra Limited Series Productions or vehicles designed, developed, and built especially for the most discerning auto enthusiasts (like you??).

Keeping with its national reputation, Italdesign is among the leading companies in Automotive, Industrial, and Transport Design.

What About Nissan?

Nissan, on the other hand, boasts an equally impressive list of credentials−especially as it relates to innovation in the automotive industry.

The Japanese-based company has created many stellar concept/ future vehicles over its history including the NISMO (that combines the words Nissan and Motorsport) line. With the GT-R50 they prove that they’ve hit (or maybe mastered?) their stride.

In this particular instance, Nissan Design America and Nissan Design Europe in London assumed the responsibility of designing the Nissan GTR 50 stunning interior and exterior components.

These are a true sight to behold and include the prototype model’s steeply sloped roof and chiseled quarter-panels. The overall effect of the GT-R50’s exterior is actually reminiscent of a few other supercars (we’ll leave it up to you to figure out which ones).

The Nissan GTR 50 prototype represents the first collaboration between the two companies.

We can only hope that there are many more of these collaborations to come.

(Note: The Nissan GTR 50 first appeared as a fierce version of the now-defunct Prince Motor Company’s Skyline. It’s had a number of different incarnations, including the second-generation model which appeared in the ‘70s, the r31, 32, and 33 trims seen in the ‘80s, and the R34 from the late ‘90s/ early 2000s).

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