It’s nearly 11 years today since the first time the Nissan GT-R was unveiled in 2007. Despite the sales decline, Nissan still keeps the supercar’s production running with minor updates. Now that a new generation is happening, the Japanese automaker has joined forces with Italdesign to make the wildest version of GT-R to date. Named the GT-R50, the supercar has been brought to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week in the form of a prototype.
Although retaining the traditional design language, the GT-R50 has actually changed a lot from the regular model. Up front, it has a large gold grille surround, much sharper headlights with graded LED strips, and larger splitter than its base model the GT-R Nismo. The roof is also new after receiving a classic double-bubble treatment. The side skirts have been given a more aerodynamic shape while the rear fenders have been widened.
At the rear, sits a huge, adjustable wing above the trunk lid and revamped bonnet; with a couple of ring-like quad-style taillights seem to float below it. Further down, a large splitter and corner tailpipes fill nearly all the width that the rear bumper has. Overall, the GT-R50 looks elegant in Liquid Kinetic Gray embellished with some golden accents.
Lying under the bonnet is a hand-assembled, 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, which is basically the upgraded version of the GT-R Nismo’s heart. The retuned powerplant now delivers 710 HP and 780 Nm of torque, making it stronger by 118 HP and 127 Nm. The increased power is endorsed by a Bilstein active suspension system and revised Brembo brakes.
Nissan said there’s a chance the prototype will go into production if it gains enough popularity at Goodwood and other shows. However, it would be offered in a very limited numbers. Only 50 units would be built, with a whooping €900,000 starting price or around $1.05 million. The introduction of this GT-R50 prototype also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the “GT-R” name and Italdesign.