Nissan is preparing to unveil this dramatic concept, badged GT-R Proto, at the Tokyo motor show later this month and insiders confirm that it previews the long-awaited replacement for the R34 Skyline GT-R.
Sources at Nissan say the concept’s styling is very close to the final car, which will make its debut in production form at the Tokyo show in two years’ time. As Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn confirmed in 2003, the new car will go on sale in 2007, but UK buyers mourning the demise of the final Z-tune version of the R34 earlier this year will have to wait until 2008. Though based on a version of the Skyline/350Z platform, the new car will be known simply as ‘Nissan GT-R’ in recognition of its status as the a global supercar.
Gone is the current car’s boxy saloon-derived shape, replaced with an aggressive coupe profile fronted by a gaping mouth. Dark slash headlights recall the 2001 GT-R Concept, and Nissan’s engineers have been undertaking careful aerodynamic testing to maximise airflow over the car and around the wheels. Styling highlights include the distinctive creased rear pillar – which designers claim aids entry to the cabin – and at the rear the familiar quartet of round taillights returns, with quad exhausts beneath.