The Skyline GT-R will always be a Nissan

2008, Nissan, Skyline GT-R

The 2008 Nissan Skyline GT-R Proto made its sort-of production debut at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in Makuhari Messe, Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The biggest problem on bringing this to production? They can't decide whether it should be a Nissan or an Infiniti. Seriously, stop laughing; I'm serious. I wasn't the only person that heard this, but we all shook our head as though we needed our ears cleaned.

The GT-R was a Nissan before Nissan was cool. Nissan was Datsun in the United States, but Nissan in Japan. The GT-R has always been a Nissan. Its heritage goes back to the first model PGC10 (1969) through the R34 (1999). My good buddy, John Lamm, swooped me through the corners of Hakone, Japan in the Prototype. It was raw, it was gutsy, you could hear the pops and whirs as John glided through the gears. It is a bigger toy for richer boy car.

Shiro Nakamura was educated at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, California. He joined Nissan in 1999. Nakamura lives in Tokyo and is Senior Vice President of the Nissan design division as well as President of both Nissan Design America and Nissan Design Europe. He has overseen the design of everything from V-8 trucks, the minicar being made by Mitsubishi for Nissan in Japan and the legendary Z. Nakamura had a big hand in the design of the current supercar model GT-R Proto.

Nissan says the issue is the price. This puppy will be competing in costs with Porsches, Acuras, BMWs and don't forget the Corvette Z06. At that price, the car should be an Infiniti, a luxury brand. This car has never been anything but a Nissan and in my never to be humble opinion should stay a Nissan. I think they're thinking of badging it singularly as just GT-R so that they can sell it at both Nissan and Infiniti dealerships. No, this is a Nissan, no matter what the price.

By Lou Ann Hammond

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Images of the 2008, Nissan Skyline GT-R

the beautiful Nissan Skyline GT-R Prototype
the beautiful Nissan Skyline GT-R Prototype
showing off the Nissan Skyline GT-R Proto
showing off the Nissan Skyline GT-R Proto