When Japanese automakers crank out a supercar, it is, first of all, a rare occasion. And it usually wears the badge of its respective luxury division. Toyota's is the Lexus LFA. Honda's was the Acura NSX (at least here in the States). But not Nissan. That company's supercar – the GT-R – is a Nissan through and through. But that hasn't always been taken for granted.

Infiniti has long been rumored to get a vehicle based on the GT-R, but that scuttlebutt appeared to reach a dead-end a year ago or so. However, the gossip mill has now cranked back up thanks to a certain Monsieur Carlos Ghosn.

The Renault-Nissan CEO has reportedly gone on the record with the UK's CAR, indicating that his luxury marque could – but won't necessarily – build a luxury GT-R. Ghosn stopped short of confirming that a project was in the pipeline, but left the possibility open for the future. So there's some hope. The question is whether an Infiniti supercar would have much room to improve over the existing beast we know as Godzilla, particularly when the above-pictured Egoist model already offers nearly all the trimmings you could ask for.


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      BrandonDrums
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perhaps they could make it with a more elegant looking body, Godzilla is awesome but it's an aquired taste and certainly isn't in the game for it's looks.
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      It could happen - provided the focus is luxury, not performance stats outright. If the Ifiniti version was gorgeous (The GTR is a brute, not what I'd call pretty), had a supple ride (If a 458 or McLaren can rival a Maerati's ride, so too should a Infiniti playing in that league), and had interior styling befitting a proper luxury car (the GTR's is quality, but the styling is dated and all the quilted cow in the world can't hide that fact) then it would make sense. It would also have to sell for an outrageous price, likely in the 200s. I think there's a market for it, especially if it looked like the Etheria concept.
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      actually,...i keep thinking the real news i'm gonna hear about this car is that nissan is killing it,...hope they don't, but sales are really dismal on this car,...now back down to 50 a month nationwide,[july 2011]...that's the new edition too!,...earthquake didn't help matters,...but i think nissan has discovered a bitter lesson,...as in "what if they built a supercar, and nobody came?",...economy in the dumps,...100,000 dollar nissan,...badge snobs won't spend that for a nissan,...no matter what the performance,...they are buying this cars arch-nemesis,...the 911,...sales of 600 a month even with this crappy economy,..., same for corvettes zo6 and zr1,...shows that wealthy people actually don't want this car unfortunately,....so as i said,...hope nissan does't just get tired of the lousy sales, and kill it off,...i hate it whenever any amazing car is finished,...but i fear that's this cars destiny...
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, all Godzilla needs now are good looks and an improved interior, and it can really play with the big boys. Less weight wouldn't hurt either.
        NissanGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        Function over forum for looks and the interior is miles ahead of a Corvette while still being simple and sporty. The car rivals the prius in aerodynamics.
      DyanRucar
      • 3 Years Ago
      ESSENCE
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that a lot of people thought they were going to get a smog-passed, safety updated R34 that they'd been drooling over in tuner magazines and internet boards for years. Instead they got a car that bore no resemblance to the others that came before it. Sure it still has the latest improvement on the HICAS system, but other than that they managed to balloon it out even more and give it the body change equivalent of the "bugeye headlight" craze of the 1990's
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see the point in an Infiniti GT-R, or the room really. Think about it - when you spend more, you expect to get more, but how could they get enough "more" out of a GT-R to make it worth the price gap? Most people who buy this car buy it for one reason - insane performance.Somehow I don't see these folks over worried about real wood in their dash or platinum plated air vents. As for its looks, it's designed to a purpose, and I personally really like the look of the GT-R. The looks to me say, "I go fast as hell and this is my drivers suit to do it in". I wouldn't be surprised if a re-design on the body would actually decrease the performance, if not in a way that would matter on a day to day basis. I say leave it a Nissan. It's a totally badass ride and doesn't make excuses about being one.
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      They could...you know...give it an inline 6 like every other GT-R they made before the US/Japan model
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they could pull it off if they completely change the styling. But the bodywork on the GTR is designed to be very performance oriented, so I don't know if they'd want to go messing with its aerodynamics.
      kmanning83
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, please!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to say the idea of the GT-R as a sportscar disgusts me. Its cold, clinical, animated, and diluted. Having said that, the idea of this car as a luxe-GT coupe, or sedan even, is completely awesome. I say do it. Make a coupe version that looks like the Infinity Essence concept, and resurrect the 'Q' line as sedan variant. That would be absolute win.
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