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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Could Enter Production

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Nissan teamed up with Italdesign for the first time to reimagine its famous GT-R sports car. The prototype commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the Nissan GT-R and the Italian design house. It will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Nissan GT-R50 concept is based on a 2018 Nissan GT-R Nismo. Under the hood, a 3.8-liter V-6 engine delivers 710 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

If you like what you see, Nissan is considering a limited run of no more than 50 copies. Each is estimated to start at 900,000 euros, which equates to around $1.06 million at today’s exchange rates.

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According to the maker, additional tweaks to the power plant include “optimized 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 optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems.”

Up front, the revised GT-R gets an “Energetic Sigma Gold” grille surround flanked by sleek LED headlights and gold mirror covers, and there’s a modest power bulge on the hood.

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Overall, there are just enough gold touches throughout its mostly glossy Liquid Kinetic Gray painted sheetmetal. The roofline has been lowered by 2.13 inches and sports a lower middle section.

Around back, the car’s twin round taillights have been replaced with thin light rings and hollow centers that seem to float below the big, adjustable rear wing.

The special prototype also features a revised suspension with an adjustable damping system with a Brembo six-piston setup in front and four-piston rear brakes. All this goodness rolls on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires wrapped around custom 21-inch wheels in black.

Inside, there’s a bespoke carbon-fiber steering wheel with a flat bottom in black Alcantara trim and matching black Italian leather seats.

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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