There’s no doubt that the GT-R50 by Italdesign is the prettiest GT-R ever built not to mention the most powerful too. It debuted at the Dubai Autodrome earlier last week as part of a global tour and if you want one then you need to be quick and loaded; just 50 are being built priced at Dh4.15million each.
Nissan collaborated with Italdesign to create the model (based on the latest GT-R Nismo) that celebrates the convergence of two key anniversaries; 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world, and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through the iconic GT-R. While the prototype was finished in a special gray with gold accents, customers will be able to specify their preferred colour combinations for the production version. They also will be able to choose interior colors and packages.
Kalyana Sivagnanam, Regional Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Nissan AMI and President of Nissan Middle East said, “Continuing our long and proud motorsport heritage in the Middle East, we are thrilled to bring the exclusive GT-R50 to customers and fans in the region. The Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s most iconic supercars, and the GT-R50 by Italdesign is the GT-R taken to the next level.”
Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East added, “It is fitting GT-R50 is making its regional debut here as the GT-R nameplate has a special connection with customers in the Middle East.”
Key design features of the exterior includes a distinct golden inner element that stretches across almost the full width of the vehicle, a pronounced power bulge on the bonnet, stretched LED headlights, a distinctive roofline that’s lowered by 54mm and prominent “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels. The rear highlights the car’s wide track while a large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, twin round taillights (reimagined as a separate “floating” feature with thin light rings and hollow centers) and a rear window line which descends longer and deeper than on the standard car completes the overall look.
Inside, two different carbon fibre finishes are extensively used across the centre console, instrument panel and door linings. The seats feature black Alcantara and fine black Italian leather. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment throughout the cockpit while the bespoke steering wheel’s central hub and spokes are made of carbon fibre.
The hand-assembled 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT has been poked and prodded a lot; it includes optimised twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers, heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings, high-flow piston oil jets, revised camshaft profiles, higher-flow fuel injectors, and new exhaust system to produce an estimated 710bhp and 780Nm of torque.
A revised Bilstein continuously adjustable damping system and upgraded Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes help handle the extra power. The 21in wheels have been wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres sized 255/35 in the front and 285/30 in the rear.