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Nissan and Italdesign collaborate on a special GT-R

Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype vehicle – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – in their first-ever collaboration.

Based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO model, the unique car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign and will make its debut in Europe next month.

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.

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.

Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Serious business. NISMO enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-litre V6 engine to produce an estimated 720ps and 780 Nm of torque.

A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic® continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine’s monstrous power.

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,” said Albaisa.

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