Nissan GT-R in America?

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Nissan GT-R in America?

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FOR DECADES THE APPARENTLY BRILLIANT ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE NISSAN Skyline GT-R reigned in Japan and Europe as the ultimate Japanese supercar. It became such a cult icon that even America

FOR DECADES THE APPARENTLY BRILLIANT ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE NISSAN Skyline GT-R reigned in Japan and Europe as the ultimate Japanese supercar. It became such a cult icon that even Americans, who were never able to buy it, worshiped the GT-R.

Well, ironically enough, at the Tokyo show Nissan let everyone know they were giving us what we want. The GT-R Proto is still just a concept car, but Nissan says the design is at least 80 percent true to the production version. Staying true to the original, it will still probably draw power from a six-cylinder—most likely a turbocharged version of the 3.5 V-6 found in various other Nissans including the 350Z. Rumors put power somewhere between 400 and 500 hp.

The show car however, has no engine so no one can be sure. As for handling, Lotus Engineering has chipped in with some chassis work, although the Z shows us that Nissan is perfectly competent in that area. With all-wheel-drive, grip and handling balance should be phenomenal, making it a high-end Evo alternative of sorts. Unfortunately the production version is still a few years away, but considering how long previous versions were dangled in front of American eyes, I think we can wait a few more years.



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