Inside, carbon-fibre and Alcantara are the materials of choice, along with more gold accents, and there are new switches and steering wheel, but fundamentally it’s familiar GT-R. As it is underneath: the prototype gets a new version of the twin turbo 3.8-litre V6 courtesy of Nismo.
The engine boasts 720PS (710bhp) and 780Nm (575 lb ft) of torque. The power boost is thanks to GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers, heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings, and revised camshaft profiles. The six-speed dual-clutch auto has been beefed up for the job, as has been the suspension which features Bilstein’s latest continuously adjustable damping system. Probably lots of clues here as to what the next production GT-R will be like…
The car, to make its European debut in July, is officially called the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign. But it wasn’t designed by the VW-owned coachbuilder; that was done in Nissan studios in London and the US. Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. It is the first time ever that Nissan and the famous Italian design house have collaborated on a project.
On the evidence of this first go, they should get together more often!