According to a Nissan insider, the next generation GT-R (R36) is being developed in North American and Europe.
According to a Nissan insider, the next generation GT-R (R36) is now being developed in North American and Europe.
There were some rumors a while ago about freezing development of the new GT-R, but it seems that wasn't true as a source close to Nissan says they only moved R&D from Japan to North America and Europe. The same person went on to specify Williams is handling most of the R&D, but "obviously some development work is being done in Japan."
The insider cited by Motoring says a sedan version is in the works but apparently it won't be a Nissan as the company's bosses have decided to use the Infiniti badge, following the Q50 Eau Rouge's demise. This decision to come out with a GT-R sedan has been taken to attack the high-performance sedan segment and grab some sales from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche and the others. Interestingly, the insider sees the Lamborghini Estoque as a rival for Infiniti's GT-R, but as far as we know there aren't any plans for a production version of the 2008 concept.
It's unclear at this point whether the sedan will be available from day one, but they will probably decide to wait a while between the two models. Nissan chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura has already announced the next GT-R is more than two years away, so Infiniti's four-door sedan is unlikely to come out sooner than 2018.