The rumor is back: Infiniti is considering a top-dog model based on the Nissan GT-R. The GT-R running gear is impressive with its 500-plus turbocharged horsepower and sophisticated all-wheel drive system, but anyone who's driven Nissan's supercar will tell you that it lacks the finesse you'd expect from an Infiniti.

"We have three or four proposals we are looking at right now." Infiniti Advanced Planning chief Francois Bancon told CAR. Of course, automakers create lots of internal proof-of-concept models that never see the light of day, so having proposals doesn't necessarily have any bearing on what might make production. "It would have to be softer than the GT-R," continued Bancon, acknowledging, "You can't easily tweak the GT-R to deliver the sophisticated, more refined performance we would need on an Infiniti." Whether an Infiniti version of the GT-R is mere rumor or eventual reality, there's going to be a wait. For now, Infiniti is focused on launching a smaller model for 2015, and a GT-R-based halo car would come after that program is successfully under way.


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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Essence Concept........ MAKE IT SO! BD
      AZTrafEng
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think a GT-R clone is what Infiniti has in mind. Taking the 500-plus horsepower and all-wheel drive system and building an original Halo car for themselves I can see.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Infinite should built a 4 door version to go against the German brands.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      A four door GT-R with Infiniti badges would kill the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.
      Need Mulally 4 Ford
      • 2 Years Ago
      Might as well. Take advantage of a pretty sweet platform
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Infiniti can make a sleeker and prettier body for the GT-R chassis, I think it could succeed.
      QAZZY
      • 2 Years Ago
      For many, luxury is the only thing that keeps the GT-R from competing with the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini. If you have millions to blow and you aren't necessarily educated in cars, will you pick a GT-R or a Ferrari? The GT-R has the speed, now all it needs is the refinement.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        Have you seen some of the upgraded interior options they offer? I forget the names they give them but one is extremely plush and upscale looking.
          Daverytimes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          I think you mean the EGOIST which is very plushed inside but it still has the same suspension settings of a premium GTR (Which is a bit too stiff)
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Infinity has a great car in the G37, If they want to make a bad ass car halo car, just introduce a 550hp twin turbo G37, or better yet make a 700+ twin turbo v8. With some aggressive wide fender flares, big brakes, wide tires, It would be a monster.
      Domokaze
      • 2 Years Ago
      Infiniti has the G35 = Skyline Coupe 350GT, and the G37 = Skyline Coupe 370GT. Why do they want to make a new vehicle based on the Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R?? To up the price drastically? I find it hard to believe that they'd want to make a vehicle based on the new GT-R. It's cool and all, but they want to deliver a tweaked version of the GT-R? If I wanted a tweaked version of the GT-R I would just call Mine's in Japan, send my GT-R there, get a properly tuned, street legal vehicle back from a notable and distinguished company. I guess all I can say is, "What have you got which will be better than the GT-R? Because nothing can beat Godzilla."
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why? The GT-R has plenty of lux for what it is. There's no reason for a $120k GT-R
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        But hopefully this could keep the price of the Nissan GTR from increasing if they can pile added refinements and luxury into an Infiniti version for added cost. It would be a true 911 Turbo competitor because it wont suffer from a punishing ride, very jerky transmission, or a lack of features. Those who just want better performance for 90k will buy the GTR, those who want all the refinement and luxury of a European exotic will have this Infiniti.
      Domokaze
      • 2 Years Ago
      "You can't easily tweak the GT-R to deliver the sophisticated, more refined performance we would need on an Infiniti." PSSH! YEAH RIGHT! There are a WHOLE bunch of tuning companies who tune this Godzilla perfectly! I wonder if Infiniti knew that Nissan released a Spec-V model? A more refined, lightened version? I'm guessing the reason why Infiniti is making a version for themselves is because most people think Infiniti is a higher end version of Nissan. So I wouldn't be surprised if they released an EXACT copy, engine parts and exterior, and people would say, "This car is better because it has an Infiniti emblem!" Consumerism ...
        Mike B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Domokaze
        What is your definition of perfect and refined? I guess it clashes with the ones that'll define a luxury vehicle, the GT-R rides kind of hard, the Spec V even more so. What tuning companies are you talking about? the ones that give it 1000hp, harder suspension and the like and called it a day? that's not the kind of modifications that Infiniti would of want for their LUXURY version of the GT-R.
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