R35 GT-R in January MOTOR
As suspected Nissan has dropped the idea of using an atmo V8 for the next GT-R and will instead be using an all-alloy twin turbo V6 producing 335kW (*sigh* R.I.P twin turbo I6) here is the story from MOTOR (hope you appreciate this as i am typing the whole thing out) sorry no picture cos i havent got a scenner but i will try and find one on the net.
"Long Live the King- nissan gets set to unleash the feral GT-R - its bite will be worse than its twin-turbo bark.
Looks can be decieving in that the next generation Nissan GT-R will resemble the 350Z when standing still. The effects, though, of 300+ kW on your perspective will blur, even warp, any similarity.
The new R35 Godzilla takes almost nothing from the previous Skyline R32-34 range - not even the Skyline name carries over. The R35 will be known simply as the GT-R when launched in 2005. Gone is the familiar inline 2.6 litre engine, replaced by a 3.3 litre V6 - not a V8. The V6 will be closely monitored by an array of electronics controlling everything from turbocharger boost, eliminating any lag and linking power output with the GT-R's advanced active centre differential.
Based on the rear drive Infinity G35 coupe platform, modified to adopt the GT-R ADW system, Nissan has designed and engineered the GT-R on a comparatively tight budget considering its awesome performance. The engine is closely based on the V6 in the 350Z, although twin turbochargers with intercooler kick peak power by 100+kW. The torque curve, if you want to call it that, wil hold flat at around 500Nm from 2000rpm to 5000rpm. With no shortage of traction or power, the R35 GT-R potentially could brag 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, or quicker and possibly cover 400 metres in 13 seconds flat.
To satisfy the extra herbs, GT-R will wear an enormous Brembo brake package (bigger than the previous GT-R's) and the system will be controlled by a Benz-like brake-by-wire unit.
Equally as impressive is the price. More than a decade after the R32 GT-R sold dor $100k, the quicker and overall better R35 GT-R, may arrive at around the same price.
"We are certainly asking to be considered for the vehicle," said a Nissan Australia spokesperson. Nissan Oz may have no choice but to take the GT-R. Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO, has global plans for the GT-R. He sees the R35 GT-R for what it truly is - Japan's Ferrari - and has demanded Nissan develop it for a world-wide export. It will be exported to the US, Europe and you can assume Australia.
Expect to see a more complete prototype at next October's Tokyo motor show. -- Peter Lyon. "
I'll try to find a picture on the net, but it would be quicker if any fellow MOTOR readers could just scan the pic on pages 10-11.
My opinion - i dont like it. I love the R34 and the R35 Concept but this latest picture looks shite. Gone are the chiselled wheel arch flares and squared off nose with the giant air-dam, gone are the dead-sexy 7 spoke machined face alloys. In its place are some softer, less chisselled but greater angled wheel arch flares, a disgusting angled back nose with a smaller twin-nostril grille and tony air-dam and the alloys are smaller six spoke, curved face alloys.
In short, nissan have ruined the legend, we saw subaru do it with the WRX (change the style and sales dropped) and now nissan has killed off godzilla. Sure, they have an even better mechanical package than before, but the AU falcon proved that that means jack-all to joe public if he doesnt like the style. Al i can say is i hope they improve that awful front end before the Tokyo motor show, or at least before they release it for sale.
(oh and in other nissan related news, due to the revival of the 350Z, the 200SX has been dropped. what is it with this company, are they afraid to have more the one decent car at a time or something)