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Unfortunate image by Trung Nguyen

The Nissan GT-R is a fire-breathing monster, both on the track and on the canyon roads of Southern California. It's been the biggest buzz vehicle of 2008 and could be the most impressive sports car in the history of Nissan. The GT-R is a media star that attracts attention everywhere it goes not on looks, but on the potential to send concrete crying to its mama. Why, then, would there ever be a reason for Nissan to issue a drop-top version of Godzilla? Convertibles add weight and reduce structural rigidity, which doesn't exactly help the GT-R hold up its standing as the king of the 'Ring.

No worries, though. The photo above is nothing more than a reasonably well done photo-chop that shows what the GT-R might look like as a cabrio. Now that we've seen it, we have one word to describe what Nissan executives should say if asked to remove the GT-R's fixed roof: No. Seriously, the GT-R is a functional beast that utilizes automotive science to defy the laws of gravity to beat lighter, more powerful vehicles. And Nissan will likely never satisfy demand for the rarefied coupe. Again, no.

[Source: Auto Junk]


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      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan already has the 350/370z convertable, which looks awkward. So please do not make the GTR a convertable. Leave it as it is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        Exactly, this is the 350Z's job!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        i personally like the 350z convertible. but yeah this is no king of the ring no more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NO!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still waiting on the Nissan GT-R V-Spec that thing will destroy.

      Also if they ever come out with a GT-R N1 and give it to tuning groups... well you know
      • 6 Years Ago
      apparently the roof line is very important to the GT-R because when it's removed the car becomes very very ugly. yikes!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not trying to start a flame war here or anything. But why call the GT-R the king of the ring when it's time got bested by the ZR1?
        • 6 Years Ago
        with all due respect and afection: cause in this case 3 or 4 seconds dont cost $40000 (that is forty thousand) dollars.

        Dont convert the GT-R!!! that is what infinity is for.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a metaphor. They didn't say, "and the fastest production car around" or anything like that. Don't freak out every time someone says something good about a different car. The post is to talk up the GT-R and decry the notion of a convertible.

        This isn't a GT-R vs ZR1 comparo/flamewar, so don't make it one. And for what it's worth, the GT-R V-spec is the ZR1 competitor, and it will have more power and lighter weight than the current GT-R...that said, I'd take a Z06 over either. Forced induction isn't my thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NO! NO! NO!
      NNNNOOOOOOO!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Convertibles add weight and reduce structural rigidity, which doesn't exactly help the GT-R hold up its standing as the king of the 'Ring."

      Not when done right. Last time I checked the miata was about half the weight of this porker.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Miata is about 400 lbs heavier than it could be if it was a coupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think i could easily say that the ZR1 wouldn't work on the roads as well

      anyways, Nissan will never make a convertible version considering all the engineering that went into the body for downforce and what not
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh... please don't...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yuck. I barely consider M3 convetibles as acceptable for existing. What's next? A station wagon? Oh wait...that's been done - sotra.
        • 6 Years Ago
        exactly. this is just as bad, if not worse, than an M3 cabrio.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @cheezwiz: between ZR1 and GT-R, there is a difference of $40K. And a 3 or 4 second diference. Put 40K on top of the GTR and it will gain more than 4 seconds. Love the ZR1 but it should cost 30K less for me to like it more than the GTR.

      Now cobalt ss costs 40K less than the GT-R but is that much slower. So "slow" (in "" cause in it's segment it is fast!) that i would pay 40k for the gap between the ss and gtr.

      On another side of things the ss is a special edition as it is the ZR1, the GT-R is "stock".
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have no problem with the convertible, but I think they should make it slightly softer and turn it into a GT car for Infiniti. More demand should equal more ability to invest into production...
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