31 December 2005

It's only a concept, but there’s a chance Nissan could put this sharp little roadster into production. Called Urge, it will be at next week’s Detroit motor show and, according to a Nissan insider, ‘there’s a 50/50 chance of it being built.’

The rear-drive three-seater (two up front and a third in the rear) uses what’s described as a ‘small displacement high-revving engine’ probably lifted from a motorbike. At 3979mm long it’s 40cm shorter than a 350Z, although it shares that car’s wheelbase, and Nissan quotes a target weight of 1088kg.There’s a manually fitted canvas top storable inside the car, and a separate cover over the top of the third seat that can be opened using the driver’s mobile phone.

Nissan’s quoting a price of around $20,000 if the Urge (or something like it) gets built, and a lot depends on the reception the car gets at Detroit, but expect an MX-5-rivalling tag of around £16,000 in the UK. Don’t, however, expect to see a production car before 2008.

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