Infiniti considering a halo car based on the Nissan GT-R

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 6, 2012

Infiniti’s head of advanced planning, Francois Bancon, told Britain's CAR, that Nissan GT-R is “too good a platform to use on only one model,” hinting that a halo car may be built on the GT-R platform. Bancon said during the interview that there are “three or four” proposals being considered for a top-of-the-line vehicle, including at least one based on Nissan’s 542hp all-wheel drive supercar.

However, there’s some sort of a disconnect between the Nissan GT-R and Infiniti, the luxury brand.

Any version that has an Infiniti badge would have to be softer-sprung and have a more luxurious interior.

It would also probably be much heavier than the Nissan version. It’s believed that making the GT-R more refined would take away much of the car’s appeal. Infiniti is likely to take time in weighing its options.

Infiniti would still have to launch several new models such as the 2013 Infiniti JX crossover and a compact sedan based on the Etherea concept car. Bancon said that a final decision would likely come only after two or three years, which indicates that any halo car for the brand won’t make its debut until the end of the decade.

Nissan GT-R debuted in October 2007 at the Tokyo Motor Show and since then, it has earned the reputation of being a definitive accessible supercar among its customers. The 2011 Nissan GT-R was developed with the aim of delivering the best multi-performance and responsive driving in the world. Its exterior showcases strength and stability, while the conventional creative flair that is associated with its striking appearance has been updated to provide improved aerodynamics. Complementing the car’s enhanced design is a sporty interior.

The car’s engine output is improved significantly to 530PS (390KW)/6,400rpm and it also delivers a maximum torque of 612Nm from 3,200 - 6,000rpm. Meanwhile, the engine cover is painted red in order to illustrate the engine’s enhanced performance.

Thanks to the adoption of the ultra-low precious metal catalyst as well as of an engine control module that has been fitted with high-capacity microprocessors, the car has achieved cleaner emissions. What’s more, modifying the turbocharger’s boost pressure, the valve timing, and the air mixture ratio, together with the larger-diameter inlet pipes as well as the modified exhaust system, fuel economy has also been significantly improved.

A new SAVE mode has also been adopted, replacing the previous ‘Snow Mode.’ This newly-adopted system optimizes driving torque and also modifies the gearshift schedule, therefore contributing to the improved fuel economy when you drive the car on motorways or on open roads. Other than these, the SAVE mode has retained the features of the Snow Mode.

Additionally, you can maximize standing start performance through the use of the R mode. You can activate this by selecting the R mode, depressing the brake while in gear, applying full throttle, then releasing the brake. This mode will monitor the oil temperatures to maintain reliability and to prevent further use in case the temperatures go over the maximum allowance.

Meanwhile, to help you control tight turning at a slow speed, a new two-wheel drive mode will temporarily shift the Nissan GT-R to two-wheel drive as long as its speed stays below 6MPH and its steering wheel stays turned more than half-way.

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