No matter what people tell us, the Nissan GT-R has always been a great car, and each year it only gets better with age. But next year it’s going to be 13 years old, and like every other car, eventually it will need to be replaced. The thing is, like Chevrolet found with the Corvette, there’s only so far you can go with a front-engined design. So, meet the mid-engined GT-R by Rain Prisk.
With the new GT-R50 being released in its production guise by Italdesign, the expert rendering producer has adapted the design to a mid-engined layout. With huge air intakes down its flanks and a Ford GT-like quarter panel with winglets focussing the air towards the rear wing, this thing gets us very excited for the next evolution of GT-R.
The front end shares many design elements with the GT-R50, with its narrow headlights and wide front grille. Below this sits a large splitter which surely produces enough downforce to balance the car against the downforce produced by the rear wing.
With a cab-forward design, there’s plenty of space to fit the twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine behind the seats, and with the engine no longer obstructing the suspension parts, a higher performance setup can be implemented in the front to improve its handling while still maintaining a good ride.
Nissan is giving nothing away in regards to a new GT-R, so for now we’ll have to sit patiently and wait for Nissan to let something slip. If they were to produce something mid-engined, the Japanese company will have to tread carefully around the new C8 Corvette. Priced at only $60,000 and with a 0-60mph time of a blistering 3 seconds, Nissan will have to pull something out of the bag to compete with such figures.
With the 2020 GT-R starting at £82,000 (approx. $108,055), Nissan will have to question whether people will pay more for a Nissan, or a Corvette.