• Oct 24, 2008
We've heard this particular rumor before, but despite Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's denials that a four-door GT-R is in the works, AutoExpress cracks open the taps once more, citing its usual "sources in Japan." But there's a twist.

According to the British rumormongers, the Infiniti-badged GT-R will be stretched to accommodate the extra set of doors, making the wheelbase longer and giving it a more comfortable ride. However, the GT-R's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 won't be used. Instead, the FX50's 5.0-liter V8 will be mated to the same all-wheel-drive system and rear-mounted twin-clutch gearbox as its Nissan counterpart. Output is pegged at 420 hp with a 0-60 time of five seconds and a top speed of 170 mph.

While we're suitably skeptical about any mention of a four-door GT-R, this could be the long-rumored replacement for Infiniti's Q, taking the fight to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      At least put a stick in there. Driving fun is more than just mashing the pedal.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Is not Auto Express considered to be something like a automobile tabloid?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shouldn't a replacement of the Q be more of a competitor to the 7/S/A8/LS than the M5/E63?
      • 6 Years Ago
      anybody know if that will replace the infiniti M-series if nissan decides to make it. i could see it happening. a M37/M50 for the redesign would be nice. also keep an eye out for the Stegea. put that as a CUV in the U.S with a decent engine and it should do good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Mr. and Mrs. Nissan GT-R:

      DON'T MAKE A SEDAN
        • 6 Years Ago
        While previous GT-Rs were only available with 2 doors, it was still based on the Skyline chassis, which was historically have been available as 2-door coupes, 4-door sedans and even 5-door wagons.

        The R35 may not be a Skyline, but an Infiniti sedan version makes complete sense. It would make sense more sense based on those numbers that they'd be competing with the 550i ($60K USD) and not the M5 because 420hp ain't even gonna cut against the next M5 and E-class based AMG product. If that's the case, are we likely to see an Infiniti coupe based on the R35? I'm presuming Nissan is planning to move Infiniti further upmarket, based on the recent price increases and the whole "Nissan vs. Porsche" thing (first the R35 vs. 911 Turbo and now 370Z vs. Cayman).

        In any case, as usual, I'll take AE with a grain of salt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Red,

        The the proposed specs, I'd see this is a ringer for an Audi competitor with the AWD and whatnot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...with a 0-60 time of five seconds..."

      Considering the G37 Sedan is already doing 0-60 in 5.0-5.1 seconds, this seems to be a less-than-well-thought-out rumor.

      The devil is in the details...
      • 6 Years Ago
      they say a GT-R-based 4dr is a rumor, but look at the emerging market of 4dr supercars that are in development by other car firms. seeing the likes of the AM Rapide, Porsche Panamera, Lambo Estoque; this flagship Infiniti is truely a possibility.
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Also the M sedan is what competes with the 5 series and the E class. Q would compete with the 7 series and S class sedans.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just don't call it a GT-R and it should work out to be an awesome 4 Door Luxury Sports Car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      More weight, that'll make the tranny last longer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait a minute. The only thing this is going to have in common with the GT-R is the AWD system and transmission? Why relate it to the GT-R at all? They would be better off marketing it as an stand alone vehicle in it’s own right, no?


      10/24, 3:29 PM
      posted by:
      Lariat Luxury Locomotive Liner No.3

      Well, that going to be just damn ugly.
      10/24, 3:36 PM
      posted by:
      rds130

      Let’s hope it doesn’t get the FX’s mutated catfish headlights and sperm-shaped grille elements….*shiver*
      10/24, 3:43 PM
      posted by:
      A4

      why the **** would you lose the twin turbo 6 for the 8?
      10/24, 3:46 PM
      posted by:
      coolguy8157

      I cant wait to see this happen…..less ugly than the TL and whatever…peace
      10/24, 4:08 PM
      posted by:
      johnnycanuck

      A4, since they probably can’t give away the FX50 these days there must be a warehouse full of engines they have to do something with.
      10/24, 4:12 PM
      posted by:
      brocky

      LOL @ rds130. I think Nissan’s entire lineup has gone berserk after falling in love with their mutated headlights. I.E. the maxima, the new 370s, the Infiniti FX’s…
      10/24, 4:15 PM
      posted by:
      inspire

      As for the V8 as opposed to the TT V6 … didn’t Acura (aka Honda) lose any sort of respect because it only offered V6s in their “top” offerings (ie RL)? Now … people here grumble that the V6 is not being used instead of a V8? Not too many luxury makes use any sort of turbos for their halo car (less MB AMG models), but a V8 is the minimum offering for such models.

      I think Infiniti did the right thing here. Those who can afford to buy such a car would rather have grunt without forced induction for the flagship model. Although some may argue the virtues of the GT-R engine for a family hauler … remember, it might be a little loud and rambunctious for the elite…

      Perhaps they will retweak the V6 engine from the M-series model and use that as the ‘base’ engine for this flagship offering. I doubt they’ll use the GT-R engine here (since it is hand built … and mighty expensive).
      10/24, 4:25 PM
      posted by:
      VWgrouP

      The emblem on the rear is a Nissan emblem..maybe that’s just to confuse the photographer
      10/24, 4:26 PM
      posted by:
      A4

      people buying a car based on the GT-R would rather have forced induction im sure. If acura made a TWIN TURBO V6 that put out a healthy 400 hp in the RL that would be a different story. If the GT-R engine was N/A that would be a different story. Infiniti has the M45 for a 5-series competitor, but this “4-door-coupe” is not going to be there to compete in place of the Q45 against the S-class buyers and such, its going to be a sports car, and the twin turbo 6 is much sportier than the 8. if this was a luxo-cruiser id say go ahead with the 8, but its not.
      10/24, 4:31 PM
      posted by:
      nowei

      This actually makes a lot of sense. There were always pretty sporty 4-door Skylines. They could resurrect the GT-4 name. Or they could use the new “X” designation for AWD and call it the GTX. Although there might be some intellectual property issues with that moniker.

      Then again, they might want to do everything they can to distance it from the rest of the G models. Because they might have a difficult time explaining to the majority of consumers why the most expensive G is more expensive than the most expensive M. They’re probably better off just giving it very distinctive styling, a completely new designation and pricing it above the M.
      10/24, 4:39 PM
      posted by:
      fuk-u-asshole

      will be ****in awesome.
      10/24, 4:42 PM
      posted by:
      jonmiles

      lol @ canuck
      10/24, 4:43 PM
      posted by:
      yarddog82abn

      ………..I guess, I will have to do a motor swap, may have to go with a sold axle, find a good gear ratio, reprogram the ECU, but ya I can make it work…. or for the same money just buy M5 sedan or Audi A6.S… as long as I spend less then $100K I’m good….. Thank you Nissan, for saving me money….
      10/24, 5:00 PM
      posted by:
      dodgeyaussie

      Wait a minute. The only thing this is going to have in common with the GT-R is the AWD
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sexy! Hot! Build it build it BUILD IT! This is a natural for the 4 door coupe class!
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