There's more to this unique GT-R than design elements alone -- Nismo has tweaked the familiar 3.8-liter V-6 engine to produce 710 hp and 575 pound-feet of torque by adding a heavy-duty crankshaft, larger intercoolers and large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers, as well as heavy-duty connecting rods and bearings. Nismo has also added higher-flow fuel injectors, high-flow piston oil jets and revised camshaft profiles.
Nissan's tuning arm has also tweaked the intake and exhaust systems and added a reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle that features stronger differentials. Nismo has also developed a new suspension for the car, fitting it with the Bilstein DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system.
"How often do you get to ask, 'What if we created a GT-R without limits,' and then actually get to build it? This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R," said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's senior vice president for global design. "So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership."
In all, the redesign has touched every body panel, with Nissan also lowering the roofline by 2.12 inches.
Nissan points out that this prototype is not the next-generation GT-R -- the next-gen version is expected to land around 2020. But as a design exercise that dials up the styling of the current generation, this coupe is a curious window into a parallel world.