Will Nissan permanently junk the GT-R or renew its efforts and make a new one has been a question GT-R aficionados have for the management? It’s no secret the Japanese brand has invested a lot in trying to ensure that its performance sports car remains at the top of the food chain.
Pricey it may be, Nissan is aware that this car can never be a volume seller and hence the pitch may change to exclusivity and low volume, something similar to what McLaren does these days.
As the market discusses the model’s future, Nissan, Nismo, and Volkswagen’s Italdesign styling house have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind GT-R. The official statement is that it was prepared to celebrate the nameplate’s 50th anniversary and five decades of Italdesign.
Called GT-R50, the coupe started life as a standard GT-R Nismo. It’s shorter, narrower, and a little bit lower than its regular-production counterpart and it wears a sharper design cues. The donor car’s basic lines have been presented in a more futuristic direction without straying from the conservative approach.
Ensuring the car is more occupant-friendly, Nissan has loaded the interior in leather, Alcantara, and two types of carbon fibre. Most of it is bespoke, including the race-inspired digital instrument cluster that replaces the analog unit found in the regular-production model. Notably, the screen for the infotainment system is missing.
And the story doesn’t end here. There are more changes under the bonnet. Power comes from a further evolution of the GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine which has been tuned to make 720hp at 7,100 rpm and 575 pound-feet of torque between 3,600 and 5,600 rpm. The six-cylinder spins the four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Hardware modifications include GT3-spec turbochargers, bigger intercoolers, high-flow fuel-injectors, and revised cams. Engineers also strengthened key internal components like the pistons, the connecting rods, and the crankshaft to cope with the extra 155hp on tap. Performance specifications haven’t been made public yet.
Nissan has confirmed that its design studios in the United States and England have worked together in the renderings of the GT-R50 inside and out. Italdesign, on the other hand, developed, engineered, and built the car. While Nissan says it’s a one-off, taking a look at the details, it looks pretty much ready for production.