Exclusive, Carlos Tavares for 4Wheelsnews: We are not ruling out an Alpine-branded Nissan GT-R

Article by Christian A., on June 25, 2013

4WheelsNews had a recent interview at the Le Mans 24 Hours race with Chief Operating Officer for Renault, Mr. Carlos Tavares and found out some interesting things regarding the new Alpine brand. As you may know already, Renault is planning to launch again its legendary Alpine brand and the French manufacturer wants to bring a new car inspired by the iconic Alpine A110.

We asked Mr. Tavares why the French manufacturer doesn’t have its own version of the GT-R built by Nissan, its alliance partner as Renault’s fastest model is the Megane RS, which has 265 hp. “You can’t sell a Renault for over 80,000 euros” said Carlos Tavares. “But you can sell it under the Alpine brand” he added.

Carlos Tavares liked the idea of a Nissan GT-R wearing an Alpine badge. We don’t know if we will see this kind of car, but we do want it. For those who don’t know the Nissan GT-R is probably the most affordable sports car on the market and can easily overtake vehicles that are way more expensive, such as a Ferrari 458 Italia or the Porsche 911 Turbo.

The latest 2013 Nissan GT-R is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers 545 hp and a maximum torque of 632 Nm (463 lb-ft) of torque. With these numbers, the GT-R zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in an incredible 2.7 seconds. Imagine an Alpine coupe with those performances wearing the well-known blue color…

Thanks to the addition of high-output injectors that could control fuel injection in a more precise manner, the new Nissan GT-R enjoys greater levels of mid-range engine response as well as better acceleration at higher engine speeds.

Moreover, Nissan has added specially-developed orifice for the relief valve to the turbocharger bypass, thereby helping restrain the rapid drop of the forced injection pressure – resulting to a better sustained acceleration at high engine speeds. In addition, Nissan added a specially-designed baffle plate to the oil pan, resulting to a more stable oil pressure and lower rotational friction within the oil pan, especially when the driver is engaged in high-performance driving.

Interestingly, Nissan dealers now offer Motul Competition Oil as optional engine oil following several requests from GT-R customers who usually take their Godzillas to the circuit.

Following a meticulous gauge of the of the GT-R’s roll center while in motion, Nissan engineers decided to further lower its center of gravity to match the deflection of the suspension bushings and tires. Likewise, engineers modified the specifications of the shock absorbers and front stabilizer of the GT-R.

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