Report: More Nissans Could Be Getting GTR Engine

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen spoke about the Nissan GTR-powered Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge concept, its production chances in the near-term (translation: while Nissan hurries to finish the R36 hybrid GTR), and the possibility of other Nissan/Infiniti models getting a GTR engine – known, internally, as the VR38TT – under the hood.

More go-fasts of any kind is happy news for us, but it’s especially good news for alternative and bio-fuel enthusiasts (like us!) because of the GTR engine’s willingness to make massive power on ethanol-based fuels without a serious MPG punishment.

Before we get excited about new models, however, Nissan has to believe there’s a sound business case. “You know we have to get the economics to work, which is why I’m pushing the Eau Rouge concept for commercialization. Because once you’ve proven technical feasibility, you can go apply that in other things. I think that we should expect to see at least three different car lines across the Infiniti line up that feature that powertrain,” de Nysschen told MotorTrend. “You can imagine a high-end coupe. You can imagine a real high-performance luxury 4-seater … and it seems to me a logical evolution to do the new Q60.”

With demand for high-HP SUVs high enough to get some people to start building their own, I’d expect a GTR-engined QX60 and, honestly, would hope to see a three-pedal, GTR-powered Z (380ZTR?). What about you guys? What would you like to see from a ballsy Nissan/Infiniti? A 600 hp Frontier? A tire-shredding Quest minivan? Let us know, in the comments.


Source: MotorTrend; Photos: Nissan.

Jo Borrás

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