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Infiniti To Build GT-R Based Sports Car?
Infiniti is considering building a sports car based on the Nissan GT-R. A GT-R-based coupe is one of the options that Nissan's luxury brand is considering for a potential flagship.
Francois Bancon, head of advanced planning for Infiniti, told CAR magazine that an Infiniti GT-R is one of three or four different models the company is considering for the top of its range. He said that the GT-R platform is "too good a platform to use only on one model." It's hard to disagree with that.
Of course, building an Infiniti-branded GT-R isn't as simple as transferring the GT-R's 545-hp engine and AWD system into a larger, Infiniti-styled coupe with an upgraded interior. Bancon said that the model would have to offer refined driving dynamics in order to truly qualify as an Infiniti. He explained, "It would have to be softer than the GT-R. And that's extremely difficult to do. You can't easily tweak the GT-R to deliver the sophisticated, more refined performance we would need on an Infiniti."
With those modifications, the Infiniti is sure to lose some of the all-out performance that the GT-R has become famous for. Would it still appeal to enough people to make it profitable? We're not sure, and it doesn't appear Infiniti is either. While the GT-R is an option, it's not exactly a sure thing. Infiniti intends to make a decision about a flagship within the next two or three years. By that time, the GT-R should have even more power and performance than it does now.
Posted In: Reports, Rumors, Exotics
Tags: Infiniti, GT-R, sports cars, supercars, Nissan
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