Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Nissan IDx

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Nissan's IDx was one of the most exciting concepts to emerge from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Designed to rival the retro-futuristic Toyota GT86 (which, of course, evokes the spirit of the old AE86 Corolla), Nissan's IDx harks back to the beloved Datsun 510. It wears this heritage boldly too - look at the livery of this Nismo concept, then click here and compare to the original.
The firm had two IDxs on show - a beige road car with a denim interior sat alongside the Nismo variant to prove that this is a much a daily-driver concept as a race car. They take a lot of contemporary styling cues - the floating C-pillars, the glass roof, the lashings of carbon-fibre; there's a bit of Stoschek Stratos in there, a smidge of new Camaro...the Nismo's chequerplate floors are a bit odd, but on the whole it's a pretty staggering formula. The drivetrain isn't confirmed, but various whispers have suggested RWD, a 1.6-litre turbo, a CVT 'box, and synchronised rev control. Which sounds fun. And rather brilliantly, Nissan decided to bring them both over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is where you see them here. So, which do you fancy - beige or stripes?

Click here for more photos from the 2014 Festival of Speed.

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