Gos­sip says GT-R to col­lect ex­tra doors


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RU­MOURS about a four-door Nis­san GT-R have been cir­cu­lat­ing in Ja­pan for sev­eral years. There is still noth­ing firm, even though the GT-R coupe is set­ting sales and per­for­mance marks around the world. But de­tails are emerg­ing of a plan to cre­ate a four­door ver­sion that would be sold as an In­finiti.

The In­finiti sales chan­nel is im­por­tant and suc­cess­ful in the US and, even though Nis­san has no plans for Aus­tralia, it is def­i­nitely tak­ing the cars and four-wheel-drives into Bri­tain and Europe.

The four-door GT-R, which will prob­a­bly be called In­finiti R or per­haps R38 or R50, is now be­lieved to be com­ing in 2012.

Noth­ing is set on the styling, but Hol­i­day Auto in Ja­pan has a good idea about the car and has re­cently cre­ated its vi­sion of how it will look.

And it makes per­fect sense.

The car busi­ness to­day is all about re­coup­ing in­vest­ment costs, so there’s an op­por­tu­nity to do more with the GT-R.

It gets a unique chas­sis, body, en­gine and trans­mis­sion, but only up to a point.

Trans­lated, that means Nis­san boss Car­los Ghosn would not have green-lighted the GT-R project un­less the spin-off hi-tech stuff, from the turbo en­gine to the all-wheel-drive, was go­ing to be used in other mod­els to make it all pay at the end of the day. So, presto.

Even with­out con­fir­ma­tion from inside Nis­san, there is clearly a plan for a four-door ver­sion of the GT-R to be sold through In­finiti. And, from what we’re hear­ing, this sedan will be dropped on to a slightly stretched ver­sion of the GT-R’s me­chan­i­cal pack­age, us­ing the coupe’s 335kW, twin­turbo, 3.8-litre V6 en­gine and six-speed trans­mis­sion. At least, that’s what the pro­to­type will pack.

But there is at least one sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem: Nis­san needs to dra­mat­i­cally in­crease its pro­duc­tion of GT-R V6 en­gines, which stands at a mea­gre 50 a day, or find some­thing else to drop in the In­finiti R.

So the In­finiti four-door GT-R could be equipped with the In­finiti FX50 four-wheeldrive’s new 5.0-litre V8 en­gine.

But the GT-R story doesn’t end there. Sources inside Nis­san say its prod­uct of­fen­sive will even­tu­ally in­clude a 290kW FX50, with the GT-R run­ning gear packed inside a sporty four-wheel-drive wagon.

Pro­duc­tion hope:

a sketch of the pro­posed Nis­san GT-R four-door. It could ar­rive in show­rooms in 2012 on the back of strong coupe sales.

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