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What Future May Come: The Nissan R36 GT-R Gears Up for 2018

While it is still quite early in the concept phase, the Nissan R36 GT-R is gearing up for a possible 2018 reveal and possible 2019 model year. The minds behind the project are so elated by her that they cannot seem to keep secrets, revealing that she will boast a hybrid powertrain and other tidbits.

Nissan R36 GT-RThe next generation of the Nissan GT-R shall be badass in both the looks and power departments. It will likely look much like the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo. 

Head of design for Nissan, Shiro Nakamura, gushed to the lads of Top Gear about the Nissan R36 GT-R recently. The current Nissan R35 GT-R has enjoyed success for around ten years now, indicating a healthy market for her successor. The R35 is not rolling into history just yet, however, as updated versions are still slated for market for the next few years until a replacement is complete and prepared to compete.

The GT-R is difficult to match in terms of power for the price, starting at around $150k and under for a decent level of trimmings. Nakamura is hinting that the team is seeking to demand more power from the next generation, which could place them in a position to compete with more powerful supercars like McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari. The Nissan GT-R NISMO lapped the Nurburgring in 7:08:679, which still trails behind many, but offers hope to a more powerful offspring should a meeting of the minds occur in the engineering sector.

Nissan NISMO

Nissan GT-R NISMO

Overall, Nakamura mentioned that the GT-R would keep the front-engine placement and 2+2 layout, but cover it with the new body design and futuristic powertrain. Will we witness the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo come to life as the next-gen GT-R? We must wait about 3 years to find out!

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