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While Jonathan's shots of the new 370Z were seductively cryptic, these newest images from Car do more to confuse than enlighten. Car was attending a presentation by Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura, and with their camera phone at the ready, snapped off a few shots of Infiniti's upcoming small sports car that looks more like Han Solo in carbonite than a swoopy coupe.

The Infiniti two-door is expected to debut sometime later this year in concept form, and is poised to take on the BMW 1-series in the compact coupe segment. The shape, even in the grainy pic, is decidedly different from anything else in its class, with a long hood and a cab-backward design that has plenty of potential.

Car also grabbed a shot of the Nissan 370Z, which appears to get some seriously styled wheel arches and a steeply raked windshield. But according to the Brit buff book's sources, the new Z will take several cues from the GT-R when it's unveiled later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

[Source: Car]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Firstly, it's Han, not Hans
        • 7 Years Ago
        it didn't add the rest of my post, odd

        I can see this as an insight into the new Silvia as well. I'm really glad to see Nissan investing a ton into Infiniti
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look like a cirrus cloud.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Think it'll be a vq30? This is a car I might actually buy if it ends up being what I imagine
        • 7 Years Ago
        well in Japan they have the VQ2.5L HR V-6 and that would be awesome,

        and with the gas at $4 it might be a good idea to add that engine to the G35 and lower the price by about $2k ala the 328 & 335

        of course that would mean a g37 with 350HP to go directly against the 335i
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't see them reviving the VQ30, it's last year was in 2002. I don't even see them having a V-6 in the car. Perhaps a revised version(and hopefully turbo'd) of the QR25 out of the sentra. While I'd love to see them come out with a new SR motor, I jjust don't see that either.

        A turbo'd QR from the factory would be greeat 250-280hp, rwd, lightweight...yes please
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks more like a Z3/M3 roadster. Running shoe.
        • 7 Years Ago
        exactly what I thought.. looks like a BMW Z3 or BMW Z3 M Roadster.. but not like a 1 series.

        BMW has a huge fan base for their small cars outside the USA.. first in the 3series Compact from the early 90´s to the 1series since 2005... BMW has already sold over half a million 1series by the end of 2007.. till Infinty shows up witth their "1 series fighter" BMW has passed most likely the one million mark with the 1series... so nothing to worry about for BMW...
      • 7 Years Ago
      the new 1 series is a very nice vehicle. I managed to see one yesterday on the road. From this photo, its clear that it will be similar to the 1 series with a long hood and short trunk.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it ends up looking like that and packing a DI turbo four, I might actually buy it. A soft top would seal the deal.

      Is nissan planning on adapting the GT-R's transmission for other vehicles? Because this with a dual clutch 'box would be a dream come true for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At first I liked the 1-Series, but now I can't get over the 'sow's belly' look from the side; Robert Cumberford (Automobile mag) is usually right on the money, in terms of design analysis.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 1 series definitely looks better in real life. But still, the bull dog side view is quite ugly. I've always thought of Bimmers as being minimalistically gorgeous from all angles, but the one series doesn't cut it to BMW standards of design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I inverted the 370z picture and changed the contrast some - you can make out a lot more about the car including the rims:

        • 7 Years Ago
        You call a quick Photochop 'geeky'? Wow.. lol
        • 7 Years Ago
        God I love geeks. Thank you. Those rear wheel arches look manly
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cool! Thanks!

        And yeah, like nissanfreak said..."Hans" Solo? Next we'll have Leia singing The Sound of Music.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm kind of mixed about this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if they can incorporate the G37 styling into this, they have a definite winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Total scam.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of Infiniti and the G is too big for me. I'm listening veeerry intently.
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