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New Nissan Skyline Is an Infiniti Q50 with a GT-R Nose

From being banned in the U.S. to becoming one of the most legendary sports sedans ever, the Nissan Skyline has had a storied life. That story continues today as Nissan recently unveiled the newest model in their fabled series of sports sedans, now sporting some seriously advanced technology. Visually speaking, it looks similar to an Infiniti Q50 with the GT-R’s notorious V-shaped grille. In addition to being as powerful as its predecessors, it’s also far more practical than they ever were. 

Practical power

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The new Skyline will offer two types of powertrains, one being a hybrid and the other being a traditional gasoline engine. The hybrid versions will deliver a combined 359 hp, with the gas version offered in two outputs. Depending on your choice of trim, the 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine of the new Skyline can deliver either 300 hp or 400 hp. 

Unlike the older versions, the new Skyline will offer a relatively practical balance of technology and performance. Nissan claims that their new drivetrain will allow drivers of the new Skyline to more easily handle and drive the car. In addition to that, the new Skyline, even if you don’t choose the hybrid version, will still pollute less than the older versions.

Nissan also claims that innovations in its suspension and steering systems allow the new Skyline to provide a more comfortable ride than before. It also claims that these upgrades will allow the driver of the new Skyline to effortlessly handle driving in a sport setting as well as driving in an urban setting. The handling of the Skyline is generally very sensitive but that’s not necessary when driving at slow speeds inside a city. Thus, with these new features, the Skyline becomes a more practical sedan to own and drive.

New software

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The hybrid version of this new Skyline will also be the Nissan vehicle in Japan to have a heads-up display system. The new Skyline will also have in-car WiFi access as well as Nissan’s wide array of software add-ons that allows things like tracking your car from your smartphone. In addition, Nissan will include the advanced driver-assist ProPILOT 2.0 system with the hybrid version of this new Skyline. Like other semi-autonomous driving systems, the ProPILOT 2.0 uses a 360-degree sensor system to help its driver do mundane things like switch lanes or cruise on the highway. 

The ProPILOT 2.0 will also have safety features to ensure that the driver is ok and attending to the car. For example, Nissan claims that if the driver doesn’t pass the attention checks that the ProPILOT 2.0 gives, then the ProPILOT 2.0 will activate its hazard lights and then slow the car to a stop. If the driver is still unable to answer the attention checks, then the ProPILOT 2.0 will automatically call an emergency call center for help.

Potential performance & pricing

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The pricing will vary as taxes and trims are applied. However, Nissan says that this new Skyline will start at about $40,000. Its performance figures are also a mystery as car reviewers have yet to drive the new Skyline. But because of how similar this new Skyline is with the Infiniti Q50, we can make some guesses at how fast it can go. 

Equipped with the same 3.0-liter 400-hp engine that this new Skyline can have, the Infiniti Q50 can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds according to Automobile Magazine. With all the innovations, upgrades, and advances in technology that Nissan has been talking about, the new Skyline may surpass that time. Even if it doesn’t though, this new Skyline will still be a more practical version of the legendary and once-banned sports car.