[cars name="Nissan"] gave the world a big glimpse of its keenly anticipated 2008 Skyline GT-R with this carefully constructed show car. The GT-R PROTO is not a near-production model, though, as the interior is just a blank black panel, and Nissan is providing absolutely no details on the powertrain, suspension, or other critical technical details. Nissan wants to maintain the car’s mystique for another two years, since the production car won’t debut until the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Besides, the GT-R development team is still camped out at the Nrburgring, fine-tuning what is sure to be the most exciting new Nissan to come along in years.
Yet there is plenty to glean from the muscular show car, which features the Skyline GT-R’s signature four round taillamps as well as four big-bore mufflers. Shaped as much for aerodynamic efficiency and functionality as for awesome road presence, the GT-R PROTO should whet the appetite and please the masses.
With Nissan insiders under a strict, mafia-like code of omerta (silence), the Tokyo grapevine reports that the 2008 production car will have a twin-turbo V-6 engine displacing about 3.8 liters and producing somewhere between 400 and 500 hp. We hope it will be closer to the latter figure. It also will feature an updated version of Nissan’s ATTESA all-wheel-drive system.