The current-generation Nissan GT-R was introduced about a decade ago and has been the most talked about supercar since. Over the past ten years, the GT-R has managed to showcase what extremely well-done design can do. Usually by leaving far more expensive European supercars in its dust.
Recently, a preview of what the next-generation Nissan GT-R could be was shown in a specially-designed Nissan GT-R50 as a collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign. Whether that design will become the next-gen Godzilla is still unknown, but Nissan could do worse.
It appears likely that the Nissan GT-R50 will be produced in very limited numbers. Mostly as collector’s items, not as production vehicles for dealership showrooms. Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Global Design remarked that the GT-R50 is “..a celebration about the people behind GT-R. They are not really concept cars, they are collector cars.”
We do know that Nissan is hard at work on the next generation of the Godzilla supercar. The focus is on the engine and platform with design coming after that. This is true of most vehicles, of course, as the design itself usually comes in response to the way the vehicle is engineered. Those who see a current-gen Nissan GT-R in Edmonton will immediately realize that the supercar underpinnings of a powerful, supercharged engine, all-wheel drive, and the aerodynamic forces a car with the GT-R’s capabilities must accommodate all created the design we see on the outside.
What the Nissan GT-R50 definitely does show is possibilities. Based on a production Nissan GT-R NISMO, the GT-R50 adds a lot of upgrades to boost power and performance. Turbocharging is upgraded using technology from GT3 racing and larger intercoolers come with that. Stronger engine parts (cams, pistons, rods, bearings, crankshaft) replace standard 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo parts in order to boost power. This results in 710 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque from the V6. A boost of 110 horses and 94 lb-ft over the GT-R NISMO’s stock setup.
The huge boost in power required some serious changes to the rest of the car as well. The Nissan GT-R50 has heavier differentials and axles and bigger Brembo brakes along with Bilstein active suspension components. This allows the bigger output to launch the GT-R50 without tearing it apart in the process.
Inside, Italdesign added its touches to the interior’s materials and makeup. Carbon fiber, Alcantara leather, and gold inlay are the major materials upgrades made to the GT-R for the GT-R50 and a big reason for its hefty million dollar price tag.
Despite the fact that Nissan has made it clear that the Nissan GT-R50 is not a preview of the new-generation GT-R, it’s fun to speculate and see what might be possible nonetheless.