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2005-12-30 08:58

The Nissan Urge concept car is a compact aluminium-based sports car and if it goes into production it will slot in below the 350Z.

This concept is a minimalist sports car design exercise conceived and created by Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California.

The Urge's creators wanted to tap into the mindset of its intended audience - young, first-time car buyers with a gamer's sense of adventure and who provided input to NDA through an online survey.

According to Nissan the designers wanted to capture the feeling of the bare, exposed look and driving experience of a high performance motorcycle, while also providing conceptual safety features.

The Urge's exterior is highlighted by an extensive aluminium "cage" structure, which includes an aluminium centre structure that runs from the engine bay to the interior centre console.

The body itself features aluminium/composite construction, a glass bonnet with a view of the small-displacement high-revving engine, 4-bar hinge scissor doors, see-through door panel cut-outs, and a collapsible canvas top.

Its interior features lightweight mesh bucket seats, compact F1-style steering wheel, a driver information monitor with five customizable screens and a built-in gaming system, powered by Xbox 360, with fold-down display and steering wheel/pedal controls.

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive urge is designed to be lightweight.

In addition to the responsive engine mated to a 6-speed manual sequential gearbox, the Urge's performance features include lightweight 9-spoke spun aluminum-alloy wheels, 350Z-style Brembo brakes and 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels and tires.

Its wheelbase is the same length as the 350Z, but the Urge is about 40cm shorter than the Z thanks to its short front and rear overhangs.

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