Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the GT-R obviously deserved something special, and it surely doesn't get any more memorable than being asked to head up the manufacturer's first collaboration with Italdesign, the famed studio established by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1968.
No element of the car's outward appearance remains untouched, including the roofline, which has been lowered by 54mm. Now, it is teaming up with the legendary Italdesign to come up with it calls a GT-R "without limits". The signature GT-R "samurai blade" cooling outlets behind the front wheels have gained more prominence with a gold inlay and extends from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line.
The GT-R's twin round tail-lights are now a separate "floating" feature with thin light rings and hollow centres, below a large, adjustable rear wing on two uprights.
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Like all GT-Rs, this one is powered by Nissan's twin-turbo 3.8L V6 engine, but one that has been worked over by NISMO with some GT3 racing technology, like upsized turbos and intercoolers, heavy-duty connecting rods, pistons, crankshaft and bearings, revised camshafts, higher-capacity fuel injectors and optimized ignition intake and exhaust systems. The rear appears to have a separate modular element from the rest of the vehicle.
Nissan emphasises that this is not the next-generation GT-R, but rather "an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way".
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Nissan GT-R, as well as Italdesign, the two brands collaborate on this epic iteration of the iconic sports auto.
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Can this point to the next GT-R? "The unique 21" wheels were created for the vehicle and use Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres while the whole package is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with plenty of gold highlights, including the large area at the rear that creates an unusual cut-away effect.
Italdesign has delivered some stunning concept cars over the years, working with everyone from Alfa Romeo to Bugatti and Aston Martin to Daewoo. It has a distinctive interior that has a shiny gold and black tone exterior. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts sends the power to the wheels. The bespoke flat-bottomed steering wheel is trimmed in alcantara, with a carbon-fibre central hub and spokes. Brembo six-piston brakes sit up front with four-piston units in the rear to stop the beast, and a Bilstein active suspension helps it corner. 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 power. And, yes, it's for anniversary purposes as both the GT-R and Italdesign turn 50 this year.
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