Nissan GT-R50 By Italdesign Breaks Cover

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Words: Josh Revell
21 May 2020

Nissan originally intended to unveil the GT-R50 by Italdesign at the Geneva Motor Show before its cancellation. However, two months after Geneva’s demise, images have been released of the radically designed supercar.

Based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo, the GT-R50 boasts a completely new look and some minor adjustments within the cabin. The roofline has been lowered by 54 millimetres compared with the Nismo, and the roof itself is different as it incorporates an aerodynamic channel through the centre. The LED headlights give the car a fresh look while the huge rear wing can be adjusted. The car also receives a set of 21-inch alloy wheels exclusive to this model.

Under the bonnet, the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine has been tweaked by Nismo to churn out 529kW (710hp) – 82kW (110hp) more than that of the GT-R Nismo. Nissan says it has bumped the torque generated by the VR38DETT to 780Nm, representing an increase of 128Nm.

To cope with the added power, a reinforced six-speed, dual-clutch sequential transmission has been installed, as well as beefier Brembo brakes. Bilstein reworked the suspension with continuously adjustable damping, and Michelin has provided the Pilot Super Sport tyres measuring 255/35 R21 at the front and 285/30 R21 at the rear.

Although Nissan has been accepting orders for the GT-R50 since December 2018, and is being limited to just 50 units, there are still a few up for grabs, at an asking price of $NZ1.77million.

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