Originally: Published on: Dec 31, 2013 @ 21:39
All hail, the IDx NISMO Concept. Along with its Freeflow sibling, these twins reclaim some of Nissan's proudest - and most stylish - historical moments.
Just a brief thumb through the Nissan Heritage archives shows the huge strides made by Nissan between 1965 and 1975. The cars went from down-sized, durable and cute bubbles into sedan shapes with much blockier lines.
The BMW M Division, AMG or NISMO strategy is long-established with the Skyline range, which has come in all flavors: from luke-warm four-doors all the way to extreme fastback coupes.
But in the Nissan back catalog, there is a sharp divergence. From the 1967 R380 II stream-liner prototype forward, the most sporting Nissan models have run an extreme slope nose.
Think 240Z all the way to the current 370Z NISMO for a better image of this shape.
The other shape is much harder to make fast. It includes a bluff, vertical grille face and very little downforce from the 5-mph bumpers these cars wore front and back.
Nissan Heritage Collection Animation - Influences for IDx NISMO
To get extreme speed from this block shape takes time, skill, and a touch of magic.
The bland Silvia and Skyway models gave way to the Skyline 2000 GT-R, the GT-II, and many other legendary badges.
From these latest concepts, a turbo-charged, rear-drive Nissan 'box-racer' might be in the cards for 2016. We say bring it on!
Nissan IDx NISMO Concept - Exterior
Nissan IDx NISMO Concept - Interior
Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept - Exterior
Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept - Interior
Nissan Heritage Collection - Influences for IDx