Posts Tagged ‘Vision 2020 Concept’

Infiniti Vision Gran Turismo 6 Concept Teased

Posted by Stephen On Friday, December 12th, 2014

2014 Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept

The Gran Turismo Vision garage is quickly becoming our favorite source of new automotive concepts. The latest automaker to release a concept for the virtual lineup is Infiniti, and their contribution to the video game’s 15th anniversary Vision challenge was teased today ahead of its full reveal at an unannounced later date. As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at each of the two infinity GT6 teasers, plus a couple good theories about what the concept could mean for the premium automaker:

Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept teaser

In case you’ve forgotten, Gran Turismo has already challenged several other automakers to contribute their version of a grand tourer sports car. Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Mitsubishi, Audi, Honda, Chevrolet, Subaru, Toyota, BMW and even Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, have all offered up their own answers to the GT6 Vision Challenge.

You may remember that Nissan actually manufactured a 2020 Concept show car that they brought to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year. It’s no surprise at all that the two early teasers we’ve seen for Infiniti’s Vision Gran Turismo 6 concept bear a slight resemblance to Nissan’s model. If anything, the Infiniti Vision GT6 concept looks like a curvier Nissan 2020. Here’s a quick look at the 2020 Concept:

2014 Nissan Gran Turismo Vision 2020 Concept

There are several design elements that really stand out when looking at the teasers for the Infiniti GT6 concept. We love the deep-cut side sills and the inversely-angled rear spoiler. The whole car looks very muscular, right down to the tendon-like nature of the A-pillar; kind of like a fusion between a fighter jet and a jungle cat. Even with these limited-view renderings, there is a clear depth to the design, so that the more you look at it, the more there is to see.

We can’t wait to see a full reveal of the concept, hopefully before the end of the year!

Now, obviously a car designed for a video game probably won’t ever make it to production, at least not without some serious changes. And let us be clear that there is no word from Infiniti execs on the matter of production intent – the Vision concept that Gran Turismo 6 players will be able to download and drive via an upcoming downloadable patch should be taken as nothing more than a study until an official source tells us otherwise.

With all of that being said…

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Infiniti’s former CEO, Johan de Nysschen, had clearly expressed that he planned to add two new high-end sports cars to the premium automaker’s lineup within the next few years. One was to be a four-door coupe; the other was a two-door mystery car. We already saw the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept (above) at the Paris Motor Show, which was a four-door coupe. Could this GT6 Vision Concept point towards a future two-door production car? It’s not guaranteed, but it’s certainly possible.

Stay tuned to Integrity Exports to see the full Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept as soon as it’s revealed.

Next-Gen Nissan GT-R Still Several Years Away; Worth the Wait

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Nissan Vision 2020 Concept

The current generation of the Nissan GT-R is coming up on its five-year anniversary. Launched in 2007, the R35 model has seen constant tweaks and upgrades, and that’s why it still offers one of the best performance-to-price ratios of any halo car on the market.

We always knew that the R35’s days were numbered, and we thought they may be coming to a close in the next year or two. However, a recent report from TopGear hints that the next-generation GT-R R36 is further away than we thought. However, we also learned that Nissan is very, very interested in getting hybrid technology under the GT-R’s hood to “embrace electric power.” This fits perfectly with most of the rumors that we’d already heard.

The news comes from an interview that TopGear managed to score with Nissan Great Britain’s James Oliver, the sports car chief in that region. He explained, “I think [a hybrid GT-R] is the obvious direction… The overall market is looking at different directions of powering cars, and at Nissan we’ve got great expertise and investment of electric.”

Oliver went on to explain the reason behind the R36’s distant launch date of “three or four years”. Basically, the R35 was a huge success and a massive leap in technology at the time. Nissan wants the R36 to be just as ahead of its time as the R35 was.

For those of you who don’t realize just how large of an undertaking this is, keep in mind that the current GT-R already has impressive stats. It runs on a twin-turbocharged 3.8L DOHC V6 engine that can output 542hp and zoom from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds. So, Nissan somehow has to come up with a powertrain that outguns the monstrous R35, and still incorporate hybrid technology.

While the task of developing a revolutionary new powertrain is certainly a big one, Nissan has several years to do it. In an interview with AutoCar, Nissan’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura, assured us that the powertrain and chassis are the two elements of the R36 that are already under heavy development. The design is still completely up in the air, although Nissan has a couple directions they could go.

First, we saw the Vision 2020 Concept (pictured above) earlier this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Unfortunately, while it’d be great if the GT-R R36 ended up looking like the Vision 2020 Concept, it was really more design study than anything. Nakamura says that he’d like the next GT-R to keep the current model’s “boxy, functional appearance” in the next model. He elaborates, “It shouldn’t be too elegant, and it should be brutal, with a rawness.”

Either way, we’re sure to hear more between now and the next-gen GT-R’s launch, so stay tuned here for the most up-to-date Japanese car news.