Nissan Skyline Concepts Are The Best Infiniti Q50s We Can't Have

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Coming soon to Tokyo.

Infiniti is still trying to find its footing in the US as the luxury competition becomes even fiercer. Launching a Q50-based high-performance sedan more powerful and aggressive than the Q50 Red Sport 400 would be one good way to start, and Infiniti could now look to Nissan for some potential help.

Set to debut at next month's 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon are a pair of slick Nissan Skyline sedan concepts: the 400R Sprint and Deluxe Advanced. And yes, they look awfully similar to the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport. That's because, in Japan, that sedan is sold as the Skyline 400R. What Nissan has essentially done here is given the Skyline 400R some visual enhancements.

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The Skyline 400R Sprint is intended for outright speed. It's equipped with 20-inch forged wheels, new front and rear bumpers, and a rear spoiler. The body is based on white silver and matte black along with a flow green accent. Power continues to be derived from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Chances are the concept has the same 0-60 mph sprint time of about 4.5 seconds as the regular 400R.

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Next up is the Skyline Deluxe Advanced Concept. Instead of focusing on speed and sportiness, this concept is aimed more at luxury. It's also equipped with Nissan's ProPilot 2.0 safety suite. There's a new two-tone leather upholstery while the exterior has its own two-tone matte brown and silver paint and unique wheel design. Nissan did not say what's under the hood.

Along with these concepts, Nissan will display its 50th Anniversary Edition GT-R, GT-R Nismo, the GT-R50 by Italdesign, and a few other Japan-only models at the show, which is set to kick off on January 10, 2020.

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