2005 Nissan GT-R Concept
By Matt Michels
Due to go on sale globally for the first time in 2007, Nissan's new 2008 GT-R was last publicly shown at last year's 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. It is still uncertain whether or not Nissan will maintain the Skyline GT-R nameplate, or simply replace it with "GT-R". But at the time, Nissan said the prototype design was 80-90% production ready. This gave the automotive community a clear image of what the new car will look like.
Judging by its dimensions and design, the car will be built on a sport-tuned version of the Skyline/G-35 chassis, which in the current model achieves 52:48 weight distribution and employs four-corner, forged aluminum multi-link suspension. Expect the GT-R to have updated suspension geometry and weight distribution near 50:50.
We can also be pretty certain that the new GT-R will employ Nissan's ATTESA-ETS all-wheel-drive system and HICAS all-wheel steering, as both of these technologies are also offered with the current Skyline/G-35 line.
The question now is what power plant will Nissan decide to use in its flagship performance vehicle? Rumors speculate between a turbocharged version of Nissan's highly versatile V-6 VQ-35 engine, or a highly tuned, naturally-aspirated version of the V-8 VQ-45 mill. Regardless, the car should have spectacular performance with power figures reaching 400-450hp.
Tradition dictates that Nissan will maintain the turbo 6-cylinder heritage of the GT-R, but stiff competition from V-8 powered rivals such as Audi S4 and the forthcoming BMW M3 may persuade Nissan to up the ante. Only time will tell.
Nissan announced at the New York Auto Show that the GT-R will come to the US as a Nissan model instead of an Infiniti.
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Pictures of the Nissan GT-R Concept
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Posted March 17, 2006
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