Nissan Skyline 200GT-t Revealed in Japan, Uses 2-liter Mercedes Turbo

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The Nissan Skyline is a bit of an oddball in its domestic market. Basically the same car as the Infiniti Q50, it's got a "Skyline" badge on the back and an Infiniti logo at the front. As of this summer, we can also add a little bit of German to that mix, since thats' when a new engine developed by Daimler will find its way under the bonnet.

The specific model will be called "Skyline GT200-t". The engine powering it is described as an inline-4 2-liter with double overhead cams and a turbo. The exact output is 211 PS (yes, that's a German figure in a Japanese press release) and 350 Nm of torque between 1,250-3,500 rpm (35.7 kgf-m in JDM specs). If that sounds familiar, that's because it's the exact same engine as the Mercedes C-Class, the C 250, to be more precise.

Daimler lent the turbo to Nissan as part as a larger alliance and it could be just the element needed to make the Skyline a better car than rival Lexus IS. Mated to a 7-speed automatic, it delivers power and performance comparable to a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated car.

Furthermore, according to the JC08 fuel consumption cycle, the Skyline 200GT offers 13.6 km/L, a 20% improvement on the 250GT. Responsible for these superior economy numbers are systems like idol idle stop, direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and an electro-hydraulic power steering.

Nissan has also announced other changes for the Skyline. It seems that on the GT350 Hybrid model, there's no longer a need to install the battery inside the trunk, which means capacity will be increased from 400 liters to 500 liters. Since the Q50 Hybrid is basically the same car, these changes will also come into affect with the global model.

The new GT200-t model will go on sale in Japan starting June 5th and will be priced between 3,834,000 yen to 4,568,400 yen ($37,627 and $44,834). It's sure to do well there, but we can't shake the feeling that all-wheel drive should have been offered with all-wheel drive as an option.


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