Ready for four new Nissan sports cars?
BladeGlider, IDX, new GT-R and 370Z replacement are all on the way. Nissan’s VP reveals details
Posted: 15 Jan 2014
The cheapest of the four, this ‘rear-wheel drive, relatively low-cost alternative on a sports car' was previewed by the ‘Freeflow' and ‘Nissan' concepts in Tokyo, with the brown Freeflow apparently a closer indication of the production IDX.
"I wanted to create something that was like a sports car was when I was a kid," says Palmer. "A bit of a bad boy..."
The Tokyo concepts saw compact four-cylinder engines mated to continuously variable transmissions. Palmer confirmed it was unlikely the production IDX - which will definitely remain rear-drive - would get a manual gearbox.
"I would expect them to be some kind of semi-automatic, meaning you'll have some kind of manual intervention. I would expect them to be either an AMT [automated manual] or DCT [double-clutch] type of transmission, or a CVT but with software gearchange so it feels like a manual..."
So which of the four are you most looking forward to?