New Nissan GT-R Production Starting Behind the Scenes?

November 11th, 2021 by

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To many, it feels like ages since the current generation Nissan GT-R first debuted in 2008. For nearly ten years there have been dozens of rumors surging concerning the heir to the revered R35 GT-R. Nissan provided a glimpse at what a prospective GT-R could resemble with the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo concept in 2014, and back in 2013, Nissan said to exact some form of hybridization on the next generation. Now, a decade following it seems that project is still on course, according to a fresh report from Autocar declaring that the next GT-R will highlight a hybrid powertrain utilizing a V6 gasoline engine.

Expectations For the Future

Autocar chatted with Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida, who stated, “We are looking at how we can do it electrified.” Today, the GT-R is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 with up to 600 horsepower, good for a sub-three second race to 60 mph. And while the GT-R is on the more fuel-efficient end of the sports-car spectrum, returning an EPA estimate of 18 mpg combined, emissions regulations suggest that supplementing electrification could become necessary to keep the GT-R compliant. Along with boosting the fuel performance, the development of electric motors could benefit with acceleration, as their immediate torque could intensify the GT-R’s tire-squealing launches. Until we see the perks of Nissan engineer’s focus on their EV lineup, we are excited about what is here this year. 

Nissan Out To Build A GT-R No Matter What?

What’s not yet clear is if the next GT-R will be built on a new platform. Back in 2018, Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar “we’re definitely making a new platform,” but GT-R purchases have fallen off distinctly since then and the global pandemic and emerging semiconductor chip deficit may have changed priorities. Nissan began a new generation of the Z car earlier this year, which, while massively restyled, remains on the same FM platform as its 370Z predecessor. The GT-R could take a comparable path, with all-new styling and an refreshed powertrain but mounting on the same platform as the current R35.

Keep in mind, Albaisa had also earlier expressed how he prefers the GT-R’s status as “The world’s fastest brick,” so we don’t believe the next-gen model’s styling will be as climactic as the Gran Turismo concept. It’s expected to maintain an upright and muscular attitude rather than going for the low-slung, sinewy supercar expression. We could also see some influence drawn from Italidesign’s concept on the latest GT-R that is pictured above. For those who want the current Nissan vehicles, we have plenty!

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