OK here is what I know:
These photos are VERY close to what we will see in dealers' showrooms. This car will be the same car for the world market (few variations due to rules and laws, etc.).
Cosworth has been called to help with the engine and Lotus with the suspension (as you can tell from the pics above). I see this as a serious attempt to make this one state-of-the-art sports car.
As I have posted here before, the decision has been made to twin turbocharge the existing 3.5 liter V6 found in the Z and other Nissan and Infiniti cars. The goal is 400HP but it looks like Europe might end up getting 350HP due to emissions reasons. Torque goals is 490 Nm and 450Nm for Europe.
OK. The turbos are electric!
This will be an AWD vehicle of course probably with 3 differentials. The mid-differential will allocate torque between the 2 axles not only according to available friction levels, but also according to engine RPM. Hmmm...
A 6 speed manual from Getrag will be used initially and later (end of 2004) there will be a !!! CVT tranny. Hmmm...that is very impressive for that level of torque.
The car will use the same platform as the G35 Coupe.
Lotus has helped to develop a hydraulic-active suspension. According to Lotus, the above will give the car 2 faces. It will make it satisfy both European drivers (who prefer sporty handling over comfort), as well as USA drivers who's priorities are the exact opposite.
Brakes use "brake by wire" technology from Brembo.
That's it for now.
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