Italdesign’s limited-edition Nissan GT-R50 debuted in late 2019, sporting a radical design backed by big performance figures. The car still uses the brand’s signature 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6, but it produces a lot more power than you can get in a regular GT-R. How it works? Nismo breaks down the modifications to the mill and transaxle that allow it to produce 110 more horsepower than the original GT-R Nismo.
Nismo developed the engine with the Nissan Technical Center. Both used their racing know-how acquired from the GT-R Nismo GT3 to FIA GT3 specifications. Twelve percent of the engine is newly developed, including the turbocharger, connecting rods, pistons, fuel incentives, camshafts, and catalyst. The company also beefed up the transaxle by using high-strength materials and modifying the surface treatment process to handle the extra horsepower. The engine produces 710 hp (529 kW) and 575 pound-feet (780 Newton-meters) of torque.
Nismo says the car is 0.8 seconds faster from zero to 124 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour) compared to the current Nissan GT-R Nismo. Despite all its extra power, the engine is Euro 6 compliant, meeting the continent’s strict emissions standards. Nissan made several modifications to the car outside of the engine, adding more robust Brembo brakes to add stopping power and installing Bilstein shocks for the reworked suspension which features continuously adjustable damping.
The GT-R50 also wears a unique design, with exclusive 21-inch alloy wheels, although this is just the start of the visual changes. The new roof polishes the coupe’s profile, while an adjustable fender helps keep the rear planted to the curb. Nissan did not redesign the interior, although it did add more carbon fiber, leather and Alcantara. Nissan plans to produce just 50 copies of the supercar, each costing more than € 990,000 ($ 1.2 million at current exchange rates). Deliveries begin in mid-2021.