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NISSAN AT THE TOKYO MOTOR SHOW 2005 – GT-R PROTO
At a glance:

Ultimate driving pleasure

Exterior design close to final

Official launch set for 2007

At the 35th Tokyo Motor Show in 2001, Nissan unveiled the GT-R Concept, confirming that the GT-R legend would be continued into the 21st century. Then, at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show in 2003, Nissan announced the next-generation GT-R would be rolled out in 2007. Now with the launch of the production model just two years away, the development of the new GT-R has moved ahead again with the reveal of the GT-R PROTO.

Ultimate driving pleasure

In essence, driving pleasure means that a car responds faithfully to the driver's wishes and performs precisely as expected. Successive generations of the GT-R have consistently pursued this vision of ultimate driving pleasure. Whether on the road or the racetrack, the GT-R has always represented ultimate performance combined with handling qualities that stay faithful to the driver’s wishes, in all conditions. As a result, the GT-R has built a reputation that extends far beyond just its loyal owner base.

Exterior design: pure performance

The design of the GT-R PROTO expresses pure GT-R heritage, coming from the first model PGC10 (1969) through R34 (1999), in a new and expressive form.

From its original roots as a pure-bred Japanese performance car, the new GT-R will now be a car sold globally, recognising its ability to compete with the very best in the world. For the first time in its history, the new GT-R will be designed as a specific body-style, and not derived from a sedan.

The design language of the GT-R PROTO is expressed by a distinctive body-style that communicates pure performance and functionality. The form of the GT-R PROTO instantly expresses its purpose and potential, but in a way that is unique to this iconic car.

At the front end, the single centre air intake is designed to optimise airflow and to strongly link the identity of the GT-R from R34 to GT-R Concept (2001). Front fenders are uniquely designed through intensive analysis of the airflow around the tyres and the air vent behind the front fender also optimises aerodynamics. The sides of the body are sculptured towards the rear fender, expressing the power and dynamic tension of the car.

The overall shape of the body combines solid and smooth surfaces to achieve the look of a well-trained athlete. The unique C-pillar crease is designed for optimum aerodynamics, reflecting the racing DNA of the GT-R.

The rear of the GT-R PROTO is strong and well defined. The signature four ring-shaped tail lamps provide an immediate visual link to previous GT-R models. Four large-bore exhaust pipes complete the purposeful look, which could only be that of a pure GT-R.

The GT-R PROTO provides for the first time a clear indication of the final design direction for the production model to be launched in 2007, the first all-new GT-R in eight years.
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Errr, isn't all the Nissan info embargoed until the 7th? You should see a preview of the Sentra with the Bluebird Sylphy then.
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Damn that looks HOT.

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Unfortunately I have to agree, that thing looks mean. I wonder if Mitsubishi will be bad that Nissan stole the "X" nose though. Anyway, it should be interesting to see how it translates into reality and to see what kind of specs it ends up with.

David
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I dont think it looks that great myself. :unsure:
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They could have made the styling a little more cohesive, but there's no mistaking for what this is. As in-your-face as a Japanese car can get. I'm sure the performance will be nothing short of awesome.
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"Prototype" meaning a 350Z with enough mods to make 2Fast 2Furious fanboys get a woody. :P
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Um... :blink: I'm speechless. I was expecting it to be beautiful, but its... uh... nothing near that. It's butchered. The original concept was better, but last real GT-R (R34) makes this look like a Kia. Ugh... The only thing I like about it is the rear fascia. The rest makes me hurl...
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Holy effing shit that's hot!!!!
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Ehh, it's kinda weird I think. It reminds me a little bit of the Ferrari concept, the GG50 or whatever. I dunno, it looks weird having the windshield being so much higher than the rear of the roof, it just looks odd.
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Eh, not perfect but it'll grow on me... I'm liking the styling but I hate the fact that the I6 is dead adn the V6 will take over. :angry: Edited by Sixty8panther
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no body realy cares about nissans here,I think.

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Out of all the Japanese companies, Nissan(including Infiniti) is the only one I really care for.

As for the GT-R, it looks good. I'd like to see it in person.
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Wowzers... normally I don't like Asian cars, but this thing looks sensational!
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What an eclectic rip off of other designs. It has Chevrolet style round tail lights, Cadillac stacked headlights and a profile more reminiscent of America than Japan. Maybe thats why I like it.
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I think what's bothering me is the greenhouse. Change that top line of the window, and all would be good.

As far as "ripping off Chevy lights" goes, no. Skylines have had 4 round taillights for a while.

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What an eclectic rip off of other designs. It has Chevrolet style round tail lights,  Cadillac stacked headlights and a profile more reminiscent of America than Japan.

Maybe thats why I like it.

The round taillights have been a Skyline tradition for years.
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I don't care for the front end, but I do like the profile and esp. the rear... looking forward to seeing it person..
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Am I the only one getting more of an Infiniti vibe than Nissan out of this one? The taper towards the rear is remeniscent of the G35 and the four tailights are found on both G35 coupe and sedan. It has a LOT of Saab concept greenhouse in it... I think. Don't like the new Mitsubishi style frowning grill but, the car is overall descent. If it weren't a performance car it would be ugly.
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Quad Round tail lights ARE not trademerked by Chevy exclusively.... how about Ferraris & all the exotics like the McLaren F1 that have them... no one is riping anyone off here... the Skyline has had them for several generations. You can not lay claim to these kinds of tail lights any more than you can lay claim to stacked Quad head lamps. And this is coming form a hardcore Chevy guy. BTW. Now the 1970 Mustang & 1970 Barracuda on the other hand borrowed WAY too heavily from the gorgeous 1969 Camaro. From the profile, greenhouse, grille, headlights, RS style cuts in the Mustang's front all the way to corny rippoff color names like Grabber Orange instead of Hugger. :rolleyes:
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