Ah, the daily rumor mill is churning out fresh speculation on the next-generation GT-R. This time around, the details come from an “insider” who spoke to Motoring.com.au. According to the report, the next-gen GT-R’s development has shifted from Japan and it will also spawn a sedan model in the same vein as the abandoned Q50 Eau Rouge concept.
Some previous reports had indicated that the development of the next GT-R had slow to a crawl, but according to the insider, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Instead, Nissan has seen the recent growth in motorsport in the U.S. and Europe, and shifted the development of this performance rig to those areas.
This doesn’t mean that Japan has cut itself out completely though, as it is still using the Super GT championship to develop new technology for use on the GT-R.
Another bombshell that the insider delivered is that a performance sedan with ties to the GT-R will live in the future. If you remember, following Johan de Nysschen’s move over to Cadillac, Infiniti scrapped the Q50 Eau Rouge, which was all but guaranteed to hit production under de Nysschen’s guidance. Now, Infiniti executives have apparently seen the light that Johan did, as this reported GT-R-like sedan will feature an Infiniti badge, if this insider is being truthful.
The goal in building this four-door performance rig is to give Infiniti a little ammo against the German performance models from BMW, Porsche, Audi, and Mercedes. While this model may not sell in any large quantity, it will give the Infiniti brand more legitimacy in the luxury brand conversation.
While all of this is quite intriguing, I recommend not taking any of these reports to heart, as unnamed sources are not always 100 percent accurate. I am sure there is some truth in what the insider offered up, but there is also likely a lot left open for interpretation.
We’ll bring you more details on the next-gen GT-R and this reported sedan as they become available.