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Infiniti Considering Nissan GT-R-Based Halo Car: Report


2013 Nissan GT-R

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Calling the Nissan GT-R “too good a platform to use on only one model,” Infiniti’s head of advanced planning, Francois Bancon, let slip that the luxury brand is seriously considering a halo car built on the GT-R platform.

In an interview with Britain's CAR, Bancon admitted that Infiniti is considering “three or four” proposals for a range-topping vehicle, including at least one based on Nissan’s 542 horsepower, all-wheel drive supercar.

But there’s a disconnect between the Nissan GT-R and luxury brand Infiniti. Any variant wearing an Infiniti badge would need to be softer-sprung, more plush on the inside and (most likely) significantly heavier than the Nissan version. Making the GT-R more refined would likely remove a significant part of the car’s appeal.

While Infiniti is currently considering its options, don’t expect a decision from the brand in the immediate future. First and foremost on Infiniti’s agenda is the launch of several new models, including the 2013 Infiniti JX crossover and a compact sedan based on the Etherea concept car.

Bancon revealed that a final decision on the matter isn’t expected for another two or three years, which means that any halo car for the brand won’t debut until the end of the decade.
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  1. As much as I hate this car, all because of the fanboys but I applauded the development of such a heavy and large car being able to outrun almost every exotic cars in the market. It serves, IMO, a wake up call to all the major marques. However, this car would be problematic as it ages. No Japanese cars are built to last. Unless if its a Toyota!
     
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  2. I think they should do it, THe Skyline started out as a luxury car, and the GT-R does not have skyline anywhere in it's name, so "Skyline" it is. Now if they decide to say Infinity Skyline GT-R now then, that'll will be intersting.
     
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  3. Grammar Nazis please, I do some of my best proof reading 5 seconds after I post. "the, its, remove will" LOL.

    On another note, Infinity skyline doesn't sound as nostalgic as Nissan Skyline, but I'll take what I can get.
     
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  4. I say build the Infiniti version as a sedan instead of a coupe. I'm not a huge fan of the M56, but a GT-R based sedan could be just what Infiniti needs.
     
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  5. Yes, and it could be a 6 series/ CLS competitor
     
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