Reports went out early this year saying that Nissan was seriously considering an Infiniti variant of the GT-R supercar. The first tip-off came when Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's global design chief, divulged that managers were examining the viability of a new top-end lead saloon, and further speculation came when a dealer in the US verified that a meeting in Japan took place to talk about the likelihood of the future sedan.
Loosely based on Nissan's flexible FM platform, the GT-R contains lots of special components that developers have a separate name for the platform's PM premium midship.
An insider has disclosed to AutoExpress that the vehicle is already in the works and even though it is based on the GT-R it will not be powered by the 473 hp (388kW) twin-turbo V6 found on the coupe in order to cut on costs. In its place will be a 420 hp (313kW) model of the 5.0-liter V8 engine utilized in the FX50 SUV.
The four-door Infiniti GT-R will compete against high-performance saloons like the Bmw M5 and the forthcoming Porsche Panamera, and will share the GT-R's ATTESA-ETS AWD system and six-speed dual-clutch rear transaxle.
Luxury will be priority over performance, so that a much softer suspension settings and slower gearshift times can be expected.
The vehicle will be made available in the early half of 2011 and sales are to be expected in the US and Europe as also in Japan. [source autoexpress]