I’m not sure if Nissan is simply toying with us or if it’s subtly giving us a preview of things to come within its lineup. While I do know that the former is the case, I’m holding out hope that the latter will come to fruition down the road. In the meantime, do check out these renderings of two models that the Japanese automaker doesn’t have in its lineup…at the moment.
These models are actually concept renderings done as part of Nissan’s #NISMOmashup program. One model combines the Nissan GT-R Nismo with a Nissan Maxima sedan and the other features a combination of the Nissan 370Z Nismo and a Nissan Sentra sedan. You probably didn’t recognize them at first, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.
Of course, Nissan doesn’t plan on building these two models anytime soon, even though their reception has been incredibly positive. The 370Z/Sentra mashup, in particular, looks incredible with its beefier and sportier dimensions. I’m not as big of a fan of the GT-R/Maxima mashup, as it kind of looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI at first glance.
Hopefully, Nissan submits to public clamoring and builds these two models in concept form for an upcoming auto show — SEMA may be a good place to show them off. I’ve even thought of names on what the company can call them. How does the "370 SentraZ" sound? How about the "MaxiGT-R"?
Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s latest Nismo cars.
Why It Matters
This is simply Nissan showing its whimsical side by smashing together models that have no business being put together. It’s fun and creative, but ultimately a fruitless exercise that simply gets us easily distracted gearheads’ minds thinking of other crazy mashups.
Nissan’s quest to improve the GT-R has resulted in the participation of its performance division, Nismo. That became evident with the arrival of the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo, a performance-tuned version of Godzilla that packs a series of updates that has transformed it into a fire-breathing track machine.
Proof of that lies in its engine compartment, which is where the new GT-R Nismo carries an updated version of the 3.8-liter, twin-boosted, V-6 engine that produces a total of 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. That is an awesome upward swing from the standard 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo is more than just a track car; it’s also ideally suitable for the road. It’s a delicate balance to achieve, especially for a brand like Nissan that doesn’t dive into high-end supercar production that often. But in a lot of ways, that’s what makes the Nissan GT-R Nismo that much more impressive.