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Nissan’s Toyota GT86 Rival Has Been Axed

Remember the twin IDX concepts that were unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show? Where both were rear-wheel-drive and one of them was tuned by Nismo and the other was called Freeflow? Well Nissan won’t be producing either affordable RWD sport coupes anytime soon.

In an interview with Auto Express, Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer, stated that in order to come out with a Toyota GT86 rival Nissan will need to develop a rear wheel drive platform that is light, small and affordable.

"You need a proper platform, because it has to be light and small and also affordable. In reality that is not easy to find. It also has to be rear-wheel drive - if we make it front-wheel drive it would be cheating. It is expensive and we are struggling."

Development costs small, sporty cars like these are rarely recouped in vehicle sales so they can’t justify spending so much money when Nissan already has a range of sporty models, some of which has been tuned by their own motorsport division, NIsmo.

A few of you may be wondering why Nissan can’t use the rear wheel drive Renault Alpine platform. Well, that’s because Nissan is not “a mid-engined car company - we don't have the same heritage as Alpine."

Economically, it makes sense for Nissan to forgo an affordable RWD sport coupe because of the final development and marketing costs even though the news will break a few enthusiasts’ hearts. They’ll just have to content themselves with the Z sports car and the GT-R supercar, both of which will stay in the lineup “forever”.
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While this is true and unfortunate, there is space for something that competes in a segment below it, much like what Toyota is upto since they too know the GT86 is not doing as well as they had imagined, and is not improving.

So we could see Nissan return, targeting yet another segment Toyota is getting in on.
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what other brands do you think might come to market with something similar?
overall discussion about this segment is rather quiet with segments above it picking up some serious pace.

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