If you’ve ever had to share your birthday as a child with, say, a cousin or friend, you’d probably get what we’re talking about. It’s never fun to share your special day – especially when it comes to having your names on one birthday cake.
Well, Nissan has collaborated with Italdesign, an Italian automotive styling house, to celebrate their 50th birthdays. Though it technically falls a year apart (2019 for the GT-R and a year earlier for Italdesign), they’ve chosen to celebrate in style: with a limited edition GT-R, Nissan’s iconic sports car.
The celebratory model starts with the kit of the GT-R Nismo, the Japanese brand’s latest make, before cladding it in the shiny Italian craftsmanship of Italdesign. What you’d get from that combination is the best of both worlds: Japanese precision, softened with European sensibilities.
Previous iterations of the GT-R have been lauded by their chief creative officer at the time, Shiro Nakamura, as wholly distinct from European-styled sports cars. He even likened it to the giant robots you’d find in the Gundam series, a pop culture icon in Japan.
Despite its European bodywork, the spirit of the GT-R shines through and through: the car is all glossy angles and sleek sophistication. The stretched LED headlines blend perfectly into the pronounced power bulge it sports on its hood, along with its standout samurai blade-esque cooling outlets nestled behind the front wheels.
The default exterior is a svelte grey with distinctive gold accents brimming with sporty machismo, though you can opt for bespoke liveries that mark the storied history of the car. The interior is no slouch either: think carbon fiber finishes throughout the vehicle, paired with suede-like black Alcantara and gold accents to match the exterior.
Below the hood, it’s everything you’d get from a Nissan GT-R Nismo – but better. First off, there’s Nissan’s battle-hardened GT3 experience that powers the hand-assembled 3.8-litre twin turbo-charged V6. You’re looking at around 780nm of torque with a top speed of 330km/h. And since it’s a special occasion, expect beefier Brembo braking systems and an improved suspension system to top off your limited edition sport car build.
The Nissan GT-R50 is a powerhorse – and a pretty one at that. It might be one of the more affordable sports cars out there, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a space in your garage.