Is the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign the luxury Godzilla you always wanted?
In case you were unaware, it’s been 50 years since the famed GT-R badge was first stamped on the back of a hot Nissan.
By coincidence, bespoke design studio Italdesign is also turning 50 this year which has given us this celebration present – the GT-R50.
All of the gold trimmings
This R35 based Nismo GT-R has been given the full Italdesign treatment with a complete bodywork makeover, in a grey and gold colour combo that looks ruddy magnificent.
The roofline has been chopped by some 54mm resulting in a twin buttress style effect giving it a more hunkered profile. At the rear, there are flared arches so wide that width restrictions are firmly off the table, along with taillights that seem to be held on by black magic alone.
Then, of course, there is all that gold at the back, and the massive adjustable rear wing. The gold trimming also continues at the front of the car with its mouth, leading us to conclude this is the least subtle GT-R ever conceived.
Significant power to match the not-so-subtle looks
Under all that pretty bodywork sits a tweaked version of the standard 3.8-litre V6 motor – it gets bigger turbochargers and intercoolers, a toughened crankshaft, con-rods and pistons, and a revised fuel injection system giving it 710bhp. Which is enough speed to match those looks.
To make it reliable the boffins have also fitted active suspension, substantial Brembo six-pot and four-pot brakes front and rear as well as upgrading the gearbox to handle all that power.
Italdesign has also been busy in the inside of the car, with yet more gold trim, Alcantara and top-notch leather which finishes the car off in luxurious style.
So when can I place my order?
Well, the truth is you can’t – it’s purely a one-off prototype. Perhaps if we ask nicely, they may build a limited run of them, but for now, this is the only one we’ll get, making us a bit sad for what could have been.