It’s not often that Italian styling houses join forces with Japanese carmakers, but the vehicle pictured alongside is the result of just such a collaboration. What you’re looking at is the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, a styling study that could eventually lead to a low-volume production version (costing up to Dh4m!) if there’s a rapturous response to the bespoke ‘Godzilla’.
The aim of the exercise was to infuse some Latin flair to the sharp-edged, AWD twin-turbo rocketship, but we’ll leave you to decide whether the end result is an improvement on the original. The GT-R50 is nothing if not distinctive, but to our eyes it looks overly fussy and a bit awkward from some angles. At the very least, it’s an auspicious creation, as the GT-R50 chalks up the 50th anniversary of both the GT-R nameplate and of Italdesign.
The headlights are made up of multiple LED strips and sit atop a gaping front intake framed in gold. There’s lots of gold elsewhere, too, so it should find favour in our region. The chop-top roofline is 54mm lower than the standard GT-R’s, and it incorporates grooves that channel air to the huge, Le Mans-style pop-up rear wing. Naturally, this resides on top of a rear deck that’s also coated in gold. Why not? After all, this is a golden jubilee car…
The bespoke special will get its first public outing at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Nissan’s GT3 racers Lucas Ordonez and Al Buncombe will cane it up the hillclimb in front of tens of thousands of petrolheads. We suspect the GT-R50 will set some cracking times, thanks to an uprated twin-turbo V6 that’s been worked over to yield a robust 710bhp and 780Nm.
The power and torque hike is the result of competition-spec turbos, beefier intercoolers, a heavy duty crankshaft, reinforced pistons, connecting rods and bearings, a new exhaust and better cooling and oil systems.