sketches lifted from my350z.com or skylinesaustralia.com. Some so called "press release" included there too. How they know I don't know but a press embargo gets lifted 7/10/05, apparently, so some one is telling porky's
NISSAN AT THE TOKYO MOTOR SHOW 2005 – GT-R PROTO
At a glance:
Ultimate driving pleasure
Exterior design close to final
Official launch set for 2007
At the 35th Tokyo Motor Show in 2001, Nissan unveiled the GT-R Concept, confirming that the GT-R legend would be continued into the 21st century. Then, at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show in 2003, Nissan announced the next-generation GT-R would be rolled out in 2007. Now with the launch of the production model just two years away, the development of the new GT-R has moved ahead again with the reveal of the GT-R PROTO.
Ultimate driving pleasure
In essence, driving pleasure means that a car responds faithfully to the driver's wishes and performs precisely as expected. Successive generations of the GT-R have consistently pursued this vision of ultimate driving pleasure. Whether on the road or the racetrack, the GT-R has always represented ultimate performance combined with handling qualities that stay faithful to the driver’s wishes, in all conditions. As a result, the GT-R has built a reputation that extends far beyond just its loyal owner base.
Exterior design: pure performance
The design of the GT-R PROTO expresses pure GT-R heritage, coming from the first model PGC10 (1969) through R34 (1999), in a new and expressive form.
From its original roots as a pure-bred Japanese performance car, the new GT-R will now be a car sold globally, recognising its ability to compete with the very best in the world. For the first time in its history, the new GT-R will be designed as a specific body-style, and not derived from a sedan.
The design language of the GT-R PROTO is expressed by a distinctive body-style that communicates pure performance and functionality. The form of the GT-R PROTO instantly expresses its purpose and potential, but in a way that is unique to this iconic car.
At the front end, the single centre air intake is designed to optimise airflow and to strongly link the identity of the GT-R from R34 to GT-R Concept (2001). Front fenders are uniquely designed through intensive analysis of the airflow around the tyres and the air vent behind the front fender also optimises aerodynamics. The sides of the body are sculptured towards the rear fender, expressing the power and dynamic tension of the car.
The overall shape of the body combines solid and smooth surfaces to achieve the look of a well-trained athlete. The unique C-pillar crease is designed for optimum aerodynamics, reflecting the racing DNA of the GT-R.
The rear of the GT-R PROTO is strong and well defined. The signature four ring-shaped tail lamps provide an immediate visual link to previous GT-R models. Four large-bore exhaust pipes complete the purposeful look, which could only be that of a pure GT-R.
The GT-R PROTO provides for the first time a clear indication of the final design direction for the production model to be launched in 2007, the first all-new GT-R in eight years.
LOL @ bladey, last time i looked i didn't have a dodge badge stuck on my back
Anyway back on topic, i don't think anybody is disputing the origins of these sketches, but my piont is they're going to release the final protoype to the world in days. And the images you've posted are concept sketches - you still with me - concept - as in early design stage - as in quite old - as in there has probably been many design chane and / or tweeks to those images, if they are indeed concept images of the next gt-r.
There is more possibility that they are concept sketches of the 2001 concept gt-r - they don't look dissimilar.
How can you look at the rear of the GT-R PROTO.. (mind you I said PROTO not concept) and say they are the same thing? Sure my first post on this forum was less than credible, but goodluck convincing yourself this isn't it. This isn't a concept..this is a prototype, in the world of product planning and development, that means 90% production