• Jul 28th 2008 at 2:29PM
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Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn may have dismissed the notion of an Infiniti sedan based on the GT-R as "online blog speculation", but that won't stop the automotive press from churning out renderings just the same. Following an earlier sketch commissioned by Motor Trend comes the computer rendering you see above, predicting what a GT-R-derived Infiniti sports-sedan could look like. The rendering comes courtesy of Japan's Top Car magazine, and does a good job of translating the GT-R's styling into an even bigger, more commodious package.

If they built it, the four-door GT-R would certainly have the looks to stand its ground against the likes of the Aston Martin Rapide, Porsche Panamera and the eventual production version of the BMW Concept CS. And with GT-R underpinnings, it would most definitely have the performance to match.

[Source: GTR-World via GTRBlog]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny thing is if this does come about it will be a great deal faster than the Panamera...as will everything else in the Infiniti range apparently.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Haha, why is everyone getting so upset about this. It's a picture, it probably won't looks even near to what the 4 door will look like, thats even if they end up going with it. Nissan is looking towards the future and know that things are gonna get worse for every car maker, so making this version may not happen. And why is everyone getting so upset about the GT-R name. Infiniti obviously won't use the name, damn. The G35 is the 350Z but they don't share the same name. Nissan isn't stupid enough to call it Infiniti GT-R, nor will it call it the Skyline.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not bad, but not finished.

      The grille isn't infiniti, and the lower part of the bumper cover is crude, and too much of the GT-R is left.

      Headlights are interesting but not nearly integrated enough.

      The front fender drop and vent behind the wheel arch is also too "GT-R"...

      The roofline is spot on, though.

      Four-seat four-door sport sedan with AWD, rear dual-clutch gearbox transaxle... Sounds bloody fantastic, IF the styling is brought more up to infiniti's standard, and less UGLY GT-R. (GT-R may be fantastic, but it is NOT a looker.)

      The only other thing I would do... is trade the turbocharged V6 for the VK50 VVEL 5.0 V8, tuned to 400+hp.

      Snapping the necks of three passengers is bad manners. Infiniti is more polite, and more smooth than that.

      It probably wouldn't quite match the Quattroporte's style and finishing, unless Nissan really pulls a rabbit out of that hat, but mechanically, it is very close, in terms of a high-speed premium sport grand touring sedan.

      Call it Q50, or even go one step further down the alphabet, and call it R50. the logical evolution and sharpening of the brand, above the M45 or future M50. The Q/R50 would actually be more luxurious, but faster, and slightly more compact for 4 passengers, rather than 5.

      Who says that a flagship has to be BIGGER than the the mainstream model, as long as it is BETTER than the mainstream model?

      While you are at it... drop that 5.0 into the G-series as a very special edition competitor to the M3 and AMG C-class and S4/S5... You know you want to. Especially a G50 Coupe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like with the G35/skyline there also were 4WD version's of the R32/34. The GTS-4 models.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It doesn't look good, and should never carry the GT-R badge. It will ruin the image of the real GT-R.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks horrible.

      Change the styling, and I'm all for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...more like, "Rendered Crapulation!"

      I love the looks of the GTR, (in fact I have a nice red one as my desktop background, courtesy of AB) but I hate it when magazines do crap like this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It just wouldn't make sense as an actual product. The GT-R is not a passenger car. Everyone has mentioned how the ride comfort as poor - and expectedly so. This isn't happening.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All they would need to do is change the engine in the M45 put some bigger wheels, and boom a 500 hp super sedan, and it would look good!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aston Martin Rapide, Porsche Panamera and the BMW Concept CS...

      What the?

      I was thinking more along the lines of the M3, CTS-V, RS4, etc. The GT-R is so amazing because of the value that it brings, why should the 4-door variant suddenly balloon to $150-200k?

      Drop the engine/transmission in the G platform (already has AWD), restrict the hp to 450 and release it for $60k. You would have an instant player in that segment.

      Now I DO like the idea of putting that powerplant with some more ponies in the next Q. That could be very nice. Price it at or just below the S8 and call it a day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they make a 4 door, it'd dilute the GT-R. Stick with the G35/37, keep the GT-R bits out of it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not against an Infiniti sport-sedan that mildly alludes to the GT-R but to put things into perspective, wasn't the point of the Skyline and the GT-R parting ways to give the GT-R an edge in performance? If I'm not mistaken, only the GT-R got the AWD while the other cars that were called Skyline, including the sedans, were RWD.

      I'm not sure if Nissan is willing to use the GT-R's platform on anything else, but if they did then an AWD sport-sedan might be in the cards.
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