Hold the phone, the bus, the car, the door and your bladder… the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign prototype car is coming to life. Before you upturn the piggy bank and start counting them cents or googling how much that ancient stamp collection is worth, we have to be the bearer of bad news, they’re only making a rumoured 50 of these beasts. Each custom designed to the owner by Italdesign. If however, your stamp collection has a couple of those rare Inverted Jenny stamps in its glossy pages and a few ultra-rare 1965 SA twenty-cent coins in Porky’s belly you may be able to afford the estimated €900 000 price tag. We won’t convert that, it has less zeros and sounds cheaper in euros.
The GT-R50 will be the first coupling for Nissan and Italdesign, each celebrating 50 years of being awesome or as Nissan politely says “engineering leadership” for both the GT-R and Italdesign. According to the official announcement it’s “set to make its debut in Europe next month”, although the interwebs says this will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed… this weekend.
Based on the production 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo Italdesign has developed, engineered and built the car. To put it bluntly, it has all the right curves in all the right places. While gold-coloured bodywork is not something that we’d normally fawn over in a car, it is simply savage in the GT-R50, like an automotive Siren’s song we simply can’t look away. Basic styling cues include a roof line lowered by 54mm, extended ‘samurai blade’ in gold inlay, gold bum, adjustable rear wing and ‘floating’ taillights. Custom wheels fill out the flared wheel arches while the paint job is finished in ‘Liquid Kinetic Grey’ paint featuring ‘Energetic Sigma Gold’ anniversary styling cues.
Guestimation on power is around 529 kW ( 82kW more) and 780 Nm off the NISMO enhanced, hand built 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT engine that has been tuned using GT3 racing knowledge. Technical wizardry includes bigger and badder twin GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels. This is Godzilla’s Daddy; Izanagi-no-Mikoto.