Nissan Taps Skyline Bloodlines for Future IDx Rear-Drive Compact Range

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


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