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Nissan's 450-hp all-wheel-drive supercar is coming to America. We catch it lapping the Nürburgring.
BY PETER LYON AND HIDDEN IMAGE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANS G. LEHMANN/HIDDEN IMAGE
April 2006


Will the fabulous Skyline GT-R come to the U.S.? The answer is yes. At the 2006 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Nissan president Carlos Ghosn announced that it indeed will come to America as a Nissan (not an Infiniti). The production car’s official debut will be at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.

The latest Skyline GT-R prototype, pictured above, differs from ones seen previously. This one has a pair of small air vents in the hood and four large exhaust outlets in the rear. Past prototypes had no vents and just two tailpipes. The car in the photo obviously uses Infiniti G35 coupe sheetmetal, substantially modified to fit huge tires and a large front air dam. The real GT-R will look a lot like the Nissan GT-R Proto concept that debuted at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan considered a V-8 for the next GT-R but has opted instead for a specially developed twin-turbo V-6, due to its lower weight and explosive power potential. A limited-edition 2005-model GT-R Z-tune, fitted with the now superseded twin-turbo straight-six, generated over 500 horsepower, showing the potential of this car. Britain’s Cosworth is helping Nissan extract more than 450 horsepower from the upcoming 3.7- or 3.8-liter V-6 while still meeting emissions laws.
The next GT-R will be configured with a rear-mounted transaxle. This fact raises a critical and as-yet-unconfirmed question about the GT-R: Will it employ rear- or four-wheel-drive? One company insider we spoke with puts the chances at 50:50 right now. Rear-wheel drive has become more viable with recent advances in traction- and stability-control systems, and it is inherently lighter. The Lexus LF-A and the next Acura NSX both are expected to employ rear drive. On the other hand, the GT-R has employed rear-biased four-wheel drive since 1989, and it’s become an integral part of the GT-R’s mystique. And given the power the next GT-R will have, more accelerative traction would be preferable to electro-nannies stealing the fun. If the GT-R does get four-wheel drive, it could use a revised version of the ATTESA four-wheel-drive system found in the R34 GT-R or a radically new in-wheel electric motor four-wheel-drive system. Driven wheels aside, it is rumored that Nissan has contracted with world-famous Lotus to help with fine-tuning the car’s track performance. As for the transmission, we can expect the GT-R to be fitted with a seven-speed setup with steering-wheel paddles and two pedals.

Even though the GT-R will employ a purpose-built body, chassis, and engine, one senior Nissan official says there is still a chance the new GT-R will share part of its name with the Japanese version of the G35, the Skyline. Whether it’s called the Nissan Skyline GT-R or just the Nissan GT-R, the 2009 model is expected to cost $75,000 when it goes on sale in the U.S. in the spring of 2008.
 

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wow, i was right on the money with pricing. right on. it'll be a good competitor against those over priced luxo's
 

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$75,000

Oh my !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
 

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Re: $75,000

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Oh my !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
Don,
this car will go against Porsche, Ferrari etc. So the price is not that high given the performance.

But, what about the support? Imagine $75k car serviced by your dealer! And Nissan current support and responsivness! They will need to change.
 

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I do realize the following and mystique around the Skyline name in the NA market for the past years IMO, a lot of the hype has been driven by the fact that you COULDN'T get pervious generation Skylines here (short of grey market).

Anyway, at 75 large, a C6 Z06 would be a much better performance buy if the numbers Nissan has been claiming in the glossy fishwraps are accurate. Obviously, AWD could be a factor if it was available.

Competing with Porsche and Ferrari? Well, I wonder how many 911 turbo and F430 buyers will look twice at a Nissan. However, I suppose some GTR owners will thump their chest that they bought 911T performance for a lot less money.
 
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