Hot new Skyline caught in greater detail than ever at Goodwood
5 July 2007

Here’s the new Nissan GT-R caught in closer detail than ever before its official unveiling at the Tokyo motor show in October.Nissan took the unprecedented step of displaying this prototype in the UK when it ran the new GT-R in front of thousands of spectators at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It took six months to convince the GT-R’s engineers and developers that showing the car in the UK and in public was a good idea. Japanese car companies are notoriously publicity shy when it comes to future models, but it’s been suggested that the GT-R was wheeled out to put a dampener on Toyota’s sponsorship of the event. Toyota recently announced that its new LF-A, a rival for the GT-R, will be launched just before the Tokyo motor show to steal some of the GT-R’s thunder.The successor to the Skyline GT-R was captured in full detail by our spy photographer. Unusual details include pop-out door handles in the style of the Aston Martin DB9’s.Inside, the car’s instrument cluster is dominated by a large rev counter. Unusually, the speedometer’s needle starts on the right-hand side of the dial, but still rotates clockwise. The new GT-R gets a six-speed semi-automatic ’box, controlled by fixed paddle shifts behind the wheel. It will be powered by a turbocharged version of Nissan’s new 3.7-litre V6, expected to produce 450bhp.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Volkswagen Golf MHEV
    First Drive
    23 November 2017
    VW's 48V mild hybrid technology is still a few years away from production, but we’ve sampled a prototype Golf fitted with it and are suitably impressed
  • Jeep Compass
    First Drive
    23 November 2017
    Jeep enters the competitive compact SUV market with its new Compass, blending ruggedness with contemporary styling and tech
  • BMW 1 Series Saloon
    We had a short drive in a China-only front-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series
    First Drive
    23 November 2017
    A brief drive in a China-only front-wheel-drive model shows the future is bright for the 1 Series when it makes the switch from RWD next year
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    23 November 2017
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Toyota Prius PHEV
    First Drive
    23 November 2017
    Does running a plug-in hybrid really make sense as a 500-mile-a-week driver? Six months with a Toyota Prius Plug-in should give a conclusive answer