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Back in April '06, we reported on the disappointment expressed by Infiniti dealers over the decision to make the new GT-R exclusively a Nissan. But retailers of the company's premium brand, now branching out of North America and into markets in Asia and Europe, may have their prayers answered as Nissan considers creating an Infiniti derivative of the supercar.

The report comes from an interview with Nissan's design guru Shiro Nakamura in the January issue of Britain's Car magazine. "We have developed the platform and the transaxle powertrain – an Infiniti version is a future possibility," says Nakamura. "I have not done a study yet, but we are thinking about it." Promising words, though hardly the kind of confirmation dealers can bank on at this point, especially ones in the U.S. But with Infiniti dealers worldwide split over the direction of a potential new Q sedan, a GT-R derivative could do wonders as the brand's new flagship model, positioned above the G37 coupe, which is sold in Japan as the Nissan Skyline.

[Source: Car magazine]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Speculation is fun.

      How about a detuned GT-R to ostensibly make some 380/400hp (pruely for the insurance brokers, but in actuality 415/420hp), provide a better interior and ride comfort.

      Doesn't necessarily need to be AWD, RWD might be more fun. Set the M3 as a benchmark and price it as such.

      The End. Roll Credits.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Insurance companies use actuarial tables to select insurance rates, not HP ratings. And masquerading a 420HP car as a 400HP car is nutty anyway, because a car isn't going to be in fewer accidents just because it has 5% less HP anyway.
      george
      • 7 Years Ago
      i hope that them infiniti downgrade the horsepower and set up higher price few thousand than nissan to prevent from compete each other.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Only in America
      • 7 Years Ago
      As the base of a new Q flagship, I am not sure the platform could get long enough to match a 740iL/LS460L/S500, but maybe.

      Why not a GT? Dial down the sport just a tad, make it a hard-top convertible and give it some luxurious lines. Aiming more for a low end Bentley Continental GTC than a 911.
      • 7 Years Ago
      'No, there is no Cadillac Corvette. Again, can we say detuned!!! '

      Wow, the XLR is a bigger POS than I thought. Can we say poser?
      • 7 Years Ago
      from what i have read the gtr suspension is harsh because its curb weight necessitates hard springs to keep body roll in check. I could care less about track performance but it would be pretty cool to have that speed in conjunction with a car you could actually road trip in without feeling beat up in. So maybe have the current soft setting actually provide a compliant ride rather than a toned down track setting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why would handling be effected by added luxury? Does hard plastic in the interior decrease roll rates?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why? What more could you possibly ask for with a car like this? What, seat heaters and a rear detection system? Infiniti should have waited before naming the G37 a Skyline. You guys are the same company, you knew the GT-R was coming.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it's restyled on the outside, i for one like the idea.
      Not that i would be caught dead in a nissan product period, but if i was willing, i'd rather drop 70k on an infiniti than on a nissan.
      Not to mention the g35 coupe is much better looking than the 350z, so i'd expect the same for the infiniti verstion of the GTR.

      Kinda like how the NSX was a honda, marketed as an acura, based on the fact that nobody in their right mind would buy a honda for that type of money.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I would buy a Honda for that type of money *if* it the fastest most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Hell I'll pay that price for the HSC concept they made. Whats under the hood counts more than the emblem on the hood.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a rule, I don't like silver cars, but this stainless steel is hawt. Its too bad more cars aren't offered like this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh no, not more 'badge engineering'.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As others said: what's the point?

      Dealers have been jacking the price of this to like almost 100k already. So how much will this rebadged version sell? 150k? And what will the volume be?
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