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Nissan GT-R On The Chopping Block?

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On: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 11:43AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan GT-R On The Chopping Block?

When it debuted in 2007, the Nissan GT-R wasn't just a new car; it was a new paradigm. The car demonstrated that extreme supercar-beating performance can be established without a huge engine or $200,000 price tag. It wasn't the most exotic-looking car, but with acceleration equivalent to a $250,000 Italian sports coupe, it was, and continues to be, the supercar for the masses. But its reign at Nissan may be waning.

According to an Inside Line report citing an inside source, Nissan has not yet approved the next-generation GT-R, and it may not end up doing so. The report cites weakening sales and the retirement of GT-R chief engineer Kazutoshi Mizuno as reasons Nissan may not wish to keep the GT-R alive.

Another reason that the GT-R may be facing forced retirement is the upcoming Infiniti flagship. Based on rumors and reports, Infiniti appears to be leaning towards a sports coupe for its flagship, and given the GT-R's top-flight performance, it threatens to overshadow the Infiniti car. While Infiniti could use better equipment, higher-end interior trim and a more refined ride to define its car as the true Nissan group halo, the GT-R's unerring performance threatens to interfere with any objective flagship designation. We've heard that the idea of an Infiniti sports car based on GT-R underpinnings is off the table, so maybe Nissan wants to focus all its attention on the Infiniti car without worrying about the GT-R getting in the way.

Nissan has updated the GT-R several times since its debut, resulting in a large horsepower increase to more than 540-hp (up from 480-hp of the first GT-R). The 2013 GT-R is now brushing up against $100,000 (which could be another reason Nissan isn't sure of its future), up from under $70,000 when it first hit the market. Nissan was expected to issue a full model redesign - possibly giving it a sportier, sexier look - as soon as the 2014 model year. Now we're looking at the prospect of no more GT-R at all. Hopefully, that won't be the case.



dwalter | 5:27PM (Wed, Aug 1, 2012)

potentially terrible news!! ... not that I could ever afford one

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