Few vehicles, if any, have garnered the number of articles or even the mentions that Nissan’s GT-R has here on GoodCarBadCar.net. Dramatic styling, ludicrous levels of horsepower and torque, and a history that likens the GT-R in Japan to the Corvette in America combine to make the Nissan GT-R worthy of much talk.
Perhaps, oh Nissan, you’d care for more ballyhoo; hype; and publicity? The chances of Nissan building a GT-R convertible appear either slim or extraordinarily deliciously likely. Just think of it: everyone speaks of dynamic instability brought about by chopping off a sports car’s roof. Yet, Ferrari builds a Spider version of the F430. Porsche will sell you a 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Pagani has taken the roof off of the Zonda. One of the planet’s most competent road cars, the Lotus Elise, is roofless.
Were a Nissan GT-R convertible to be built, one would expect to see 0-60mph estimates from the manufacturer drop by a tenth or two and top speed could fall by three or four mph. Achieving times around the Nurburgring in less than 7min30sec could be challenging. But sales in Miami, Beverly Hills, and Monte Carlo are assured. And do recall the recent Infiniti announcement that the G37 will soon feature a no-roof iteration. Thus, GoodCarBadCar.net presents an early rendering of a ‘possible’ Nissan GT-R Roadster.