Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Infiniti Considering GT-R-based Halo Car

Not quite sure how I feel about this just yet...

The biggest criticism upon which I have stumbled apropos the GT-R is the "cheap" interior. This is, without question, an area that would be addressed quite appropriately in the Infiniti version of this beast. Other than that, it is no secret that its supercar performance at an affordable price make the Nissan R35 GT-R a dream to the Japanese tuning fiend. On a parallel (yet much grander) scale of the G to the Z, I cannot see any Mount Fuji disguised GT-R touching, let alone surpassing, the R35 in any respect performance-wise.

I suppose I am just struggling to discern the target market for a car of this nature. The tuning enthusiast looking for bang-for-the-buck Nissan heritage and performance will not think twice about choosing the GT-R over any Infiniti branded clone. Right?

Of course, at this point, we have not the faintest notion as to the actual performance numbers and characteristics of this car, we do not know what it will look like, or just how much this re-badged GT-R will cost, but it is always fun to speculate. One could rather effortlessly make the argument that the interested parties will not be JDM tuning zealots. (I cannot seem to abandon the image of a refined, wealthy gentleman behind the wheel of this wolf in sheep's clothing.) Thus, the question ought to be posed, albeit perhaps a bit early... Will contrast-stitched leather and a numberless analog clock be enough to convince the distinguished cavalier seeking an adrenaline rush to opt for the Infiniti version of Godzilla over, not only the Nissan R35 GT-R, but, say, a Maserati GranTurismo? Mercedes-Benz CL? Cadillac CTS-V?

We shall see. (In three years or so...)

Infiniti Essence Concept

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