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.
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 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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