Press Release) 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
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 driverís 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, recognizing 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
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 center air intake is designed to optimize 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 tires, and the air vent behind
the front fender also optimizes 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.