Gossip says GT-R to collect extra doors
NISSAN NEEDS TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE ITS PRODUCTION OF GT-R V6 ENGINES
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.
a sketch of the proposed Nissan GT-R four-door. It could arrive in showrooms in 2012 on the back of strong coupe sales.