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2005 Nissan GT-R Concept
By Matt Michels

Click for detail photo. 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.

4/18/06 Update:
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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Posted March 17, 2006
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