Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign to debut at Goodwood By Chris Thompson

Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign revealed ahead of Goodwood debut

Marking half a century of both the GT-R and Italdesign, the radically styled supercar is only a prototype for the time being, but the good news is limited production series is considered.

Its sleek profile is achieved by lowering the vehicle by a staggering 54 mm, while the rump is finished with the GT-R's familiar quad round tail lights and a large adjustable rear wing. It will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Based on a standard GT-R, the GT-R50 rocks entirely new bodywork with a lower roofline, fatter fenders and "floating" taillights. As a reminder, the Nismo model has to make do with "only" 600 hp and 481 lb-ft (652 Nm). The engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. How many, you might wonder?

To achieve such a significant gain in grunt, there are new GT3-spec turbochargers, larger intercoolers, along with a heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, high-flow piston oil, oil jets, revised camshaft profiles, higher-flow fuel injectors, and (deep breath) optimised ignition, intake and exhaust systems.

While it might still use the GT-R Nismo's twin-turbocharged V6, it turned the power up - way up.

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Overall, there are just enough gold touches throughout its mostly glossy Liquid Kinetic Gray painted sheetmetal.

Brembo brakes are also equipped, and a "large adjustable rear wing" should provide extra downforce to improve handling. The 21-inch alloys - uniquely designed for this auto - are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres measuring 255/35 R21 up front and 285/30 R21 behind. All this goodness rolls on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires wrapped around custom 21-inch wheels in black. The bucket seats are upholstered in black Italian leather.

There are two different carbon-fiber finishes with gold accents across the center console, instrument panel, and door linings, along with more-you guessed it- Alcantara trim.

The nifty Nissan can be seen in person at Goodwood in Chichester, England on July 12.

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