Marcus De Guzman / Nissan | August 10, 2015 14:01
R36 Nissan GT-R supposedly being developed in North America, Europe
The next-generation Nissan GT-R will supposedly arrive in two years time and may eventually be available as a four-door performance sedan.
According to Motoring AU, development of next-generation GT-R is already underway. It won't be wholly developed by Nissan's Japanese R&D team as the company tasked their North American and European counterparts in making the R36 GT-R possible said an insider.
“R&D for the next GT-R has moved to North America and Europe,” the insider stated.
The decision was made as Nissan foresees that both Europe and North America will be far more active in motor sports and motoring culture. But the source also claimed that there is still development going on in Japan but Nissan Europe and Nissan USA carry the bulk of the development.
In addition, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), a subsidiary of Williams F1 is also helping the company build the next-generation GT-R since NISMO stroke a partnership with WAE back in 2013 in developing high-performance road-going automobiles.
With most European brands offering high-performance versions of their sedans, Nissan seemingly decided as well to make their next-generation GT-R available as a sedan.
“Our research has shown that there is a move in high performance car manufacturing towards four-door sedans. In addition to the high performance sedans at Mercedes, BMW and Audi, just look at the more recent Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide, and even the Lamborghini Estoque,” said the insider.
It will however not be branded as a Nissan as the company decided to badge it under their luxury brand Infiniti. With it, they plan to take on the European mainstays from Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, Porsche and Audi RS.
Engine-wise, Nissan is expected to follow the trend of downsized-turbocharged engines as both models will reportedly be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid that was originally used in the GT-R LM Nismo that competed in this year's Le Mans 24-Hours. This somehow cements the report that Nissan plans to make the next-gen GT-R become a hybrid supercar.
While the next-gen GT-R is due for release in 2017, the Infiniti sedan will apparently be released in 2018.
Source: Motoring AU